Recently I watched About Schmidt (2002) and it triggered me to write a bit about it. It's so different from the usual canned Hollywood movies that I am so sick of!
This movie reflects the simple and ordinary reality of life. It brings a message about discovering our weaknesses and dealing with our humane complexities during the hard process of self-discovering. It has so much to do with passion! Passion for life, for changes...
The amazing part about the production is that it's "so simple"! The movie does not try to be amazing! The down-to-earth approach, showing average characters dealing with day by day struggles of life seems to be what makes this movie so pungent and well done! It kept me sat down for 2:05 hours without getting bored (unusual for me!). No violence, no fantastic BS, no excessive production, no hypnotizing background music... Just a story about people and their inner complexities! Their fears, shames, defeats, dreams, need for love, and their strength above all.
Here is one beautiful message, shown on a thought provoking sign seen in the Pioneer Village (Minden, Nebraska - one of the places where the movie was shot). The sign says:
It was a Casual Friday.
a Girl Friday met a Man Friday
for something fried,
because it was a FryDay!
They went for a fish fry
but it was a Good Friday
and someone said, passing by,
“There is no more fish today!”
They went then to T.G.I Friday's
and had fried chicken and French fries.
After all, it was a FryDay Night!
Then they watched Friday, the 13th.
Frightened they went home, on that Friday night...
Next date will be on a Black Friday.
Friday in English can be a day
to fry: a Fry Day -
with French fries, Fish Fry...
but in Germany it's about love - it's Freitag
from the goddess of love, Freyja,
also in Switzerland, Fredag.
In French, it is Vendredi
different lover, but not minus
derives from Venus,
the sixth largest planet is there, weekly,
goddess of love, also in Italy,
so in Spain, Viernes
and Vrijdag in Dutch.
I didn't know that much!
And that the Knights Templar were arrested on a Friday.
So was Jesus, killed on a Friday,
and Gioachino Rossini, Italian composer,
he too died on a Friday!