(I started this post yesterday, then got distracted...)
I'm not sure going to the movie is fun anymore.
Packed my Sweetie up for an afternoon matinee - $5.00 right?
Wrong. Even though we were two seniors at a 2:35 showing, since the movie (Hope Springs) just came out yesterday, you have to pay weekend prices. And, as we found out last time we went to a movie, weekend prices start on Friday, not Saturday.
Then, of course, we had to have some refreshments. I printed out a 50% coupon before leaving home, for a #1 special. It's a popcorn and soft drink combo but I'm not sure of the size. Fifty percent off would put it into the somewhat reasonable price range. Alas, the coupon wasn't good til tomorrow. What do you want to bet, popcorn and soda prices are also raised to weekend prices? So we opted for a #1 light. An old fashioned-sized bag of popcorn and a small coke, which is not to be confused with the Kid's pack small size. $8.99 a piece.
The movie was supposed to start at 2:35. Which really means the commercials and previews and demands to turn your cell phone off start around 2:40 and run til after 3. My popcorn was finished before the movie started. With the exception of one movie that is due out in December, none of the previews bated my breath.
Had it been anybody else by Meryl Streep starring in the movie I might have moved over to the grumpy side of the emotional scale. Seriously, that woman makes me swoon. I thought she and Tommy Lee Jones made a good, mid-western, married for 31 years couple. I'm not much into physical demonstrations of displeasure, but I think if I were "Kay", I might have had to smack "Arnold" a few times in the beginning of the movie. Don't want to ruin the movie, so I'll just say I didn't feel the same way in the end.
The movie is obviously aimed at a more mature audience. Everyone in the theater was sporting gray hair. I don't know if the jokes would have seemed as funny to younger folk. And I must say Steve Carell doesn't have to do or say anything to make me laugh. The close ups of his serious, therapist's face had me snorting in the quiet theater.
At one point when Kay told Arnold he doesn't touch her anymore, I leaned over to Sweetie and asked if he wanted to hold my hand. He grabbed my hand and we sat throughout the rest of the show with our hands kind of twisted backwards over the armrest. That's something I love about Sweetie and me. Whether we are holding hands, or lying in bed, he on his side with a book, and me on the other with a book, I feel the connectedness.
At the end of the day even though it was an expensive afternoon out, I'd have to say:
The movie - $15.00
The popcorn - $17.98
Holding my Sweetie's hand and laughing together - Priceless.
Wishing for you moments of connectedness with someone special,