Wednesday, October 19, 2005

My movie stalkers

Y'all are so sweet to be concerned. I probably should've alerted you to the fact that, although I smoked off and on in law school, I have never really been a "smoker." That is, I seem to have avoided any addiciton to nicotine.

Anyway, Bend It Like Beckham is on IFC right now, and I'm taking a work break. I saw this movie in the theater with NSAH (only way I can get him to see a movie in the theater is if it involves soccer... or Keira Knightly). And, as often happens when I go to the movies, I wind up sitting next to the two older ladies from NY/NJ (TOLFNYNJ). Oh, you may think they're different women. But they may as well be the same. The TOLFNYNJ chatter to each other in that same loud-stage whisper. And their comments make me cringe and laugh at the same time.

At Bend It Like Beckham

TOLFNYNJ #1: (right before Parminder takes the winning shot) This is where she bends it like Beckham!

Um, yeah. I think we all figured that out...

At House of Mirth (actually, in the ladies room afterward)

TOLFNYNJ #1: Why do they cawl it House of Mirth?
TOLFNYNJ #2: What a down-ah. Next time I pick the movie.
TOLFNYNJ #1: But that Gillian Anderson, she's from the X-Foy-els.
TOLFNYNJ #2: And that Eric Stoltz. He's so dreamy.


Blogger susan said...

Ah, home sweet home. My grandmother was an old lady from New York (not that she got out to movies at all). Makes me homesick, even though I know our accent is not well thought of outside NY. I miss it, sitting here miles away from that fast-talking place.

Sometimes I have my students draw maps of the US and include comments about different parts of the country. New York/New Jersey never fares well.

9:49 PM, October 19, 2005  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Don't get me wrong. I love NY and NJ ('specially my Jersey Shore). But it is just a fact that these little old ladies are always from NY/NJ.

My favorite college roomie was from the Bronx. To this day, I still pronounce laundry as "lawhndry."

10:17 PM, October 19, 2005  
Blogger susan said...

lawndry, of course. which is washed by the soap and wawter. (and I didn't think you didn't like NY!)

12:12 AM, October 20, 2005  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

those TOLFNYNJ get around. i swear they were sitting two rows over the last time i was at a movie. or maybe it was their cousins, TOLFSC. (southern colorado).

12:45 AM, October 20, 2005  
Blogger mc said...

APL, are you from the Jersey shore? I am, too... and am glad to know that other people get nostalgic for those crazy NY/NJ accents. People here in Maine think I'm crazy to even think it.

7:27 AM, October 20, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forget -- were these the same people who kept talking about how Helen Hunt has a '40s face when we saw "As Good As It Gets"?


9:14 AM, October 20, 2005  
Blogger ccw said...

So funny!

9:24 AM, October 20, 2005  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

TOoo funny! I have sat by those before also, especially at restaurants. It always makes me chuckle!

10:32 AM, October 20, 2005  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

Sometimes the audience is more entertaining than the movie. LOL!

12:13 PM, October 20, 2005  
Anonymous KathyR said...

Hmm. I always get the old guy & old lady couple from NY/NJ. Yes, all the way out here in L.A. There are thousands of them.

And the man either 1)feels he must explain everything to the wife or 2)asks his wife to explain everything or 3)grunts and humphs in approval or disapproval of the action/dialogue.

This is why I stay home and get DVDs.

1:59 PM, October 20, 2005  
Blogger KLee said...

I don't get New Jersey ladies, I get either young hootchies who wanna talk to their "girls" about what (and who) they did last night, or the young rap moguls who need to have a discussion *at that moment* (without leaving the theater) about how their career is going.

I don't make fun of little old NY/NJ ladies -- my grandma's a LONYL (little old New York lady), and I'd get such a ration of the business, I'd plotz.

Down hee-yah, in da South, we te-yend to put exx-tra syl-uh-bulls in stuff wheh-yah they-yuh ain't none. So's, I don't expect y'all to unnerstay-und mah spee-kin voice.

You all my-ight be a tad put off by my drawl, though I tee-yund to think mahn is mihld. :P

4:57 PM, October 20, 2005  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

MC, no, but I vacation there.

NSAH, yes, I forgot about TOLFNYNJ as "As Good as it Gets"!!

HL, they've been next to me and NSAH at restaurants, too. One night at a fancy restaurant, we overheard them talking:

TOLFNYNJ #1: I can't wait to see that new movie, "A Beautiful Brain."
TOLFNYNJ #2: Who's in it?
TOLFNYNJ #1: Crow somebody.


7:43 PM, October 20, 2005  
Anonymous Genevieve said...

And will NSAH go with you to see Pride and Prejudice, since it stars Keira Knightley?

10:02 AM, October 21, 2005  
Blogger Yankee T said...

One of my favorite New Yawk-isms:
Leeeand-lawd, as in: "My leeeand-lawd doesn't do nuttin' around here."

10:37 AM, October 21, 2005  
Blogger Blonde Justice said...

Ha! That's how one of the deans of my law school "tawked."

And I'm pretty sure she wasn't from either of those states, probably just heard Mike Meyers do it on "Coffee Tawk" and went with it.

It was part of her I-thought-you-were-a-drag-queen, I-can't-believe-you're-really-a-woman persona.

7:01 PM, October 21, 2005  
Blogger kenju said...

X-foyles......I love it! Too funny.

10:08 PM, October 21, 2005  
Blogger mc said...

Leeeand-lawd -- I love it! That's definitely the right spelling, too.

10:17 PM, October 21, 2005  
Anonymous Genevieve said...

"House of Mirth" was a Double Jeopardy answer this week, and I could NOT remember the name for the life of me - but I was thinking, "Gillian Andersen was in it, I read it last year, it was on APL's website last week . . . ."

11:33 AM, October 24, 2005  
Blogger RussianViolets said...

Love, love,love the House of Mirth commentary. Old ladies often make me laugh.

9:30 AM, October 28, 2005  

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