Story time! So, last summer I volunteered with my friend Erin in Brooklyn. We were supposed to be leading an English class with some adorable but whiny Russian old ladies, but we were habitually late and found ourselves at odds with the evil library staff. Suffice it to say, we didn’t win any “volunteer of the year” awards. Now, the area that we volunteered in wasn’t exactly the nicest neighborhood (it wasn’t the worst either…) but it did have one very important highlight: Marshalls, the mecca of discount shopping. Erin and I faced our extremely long commute knowing in the back of our minds that when it was all over we’d get to peruse the racks of Marshalls.
Marshalls is an evil genius. My favorite (or least favorite) part is that they lure you with all sorts of goods that you never thought you needed, in the ridiculously long line at the checkout. It’s basically begging you to pick up the Ped Egg or Hello Kitty stationary set sitting there in front of your eyes, and you start to create a need for these products in your mind, “Why yes, my feet are effing disgusting!” “Hmm… an imported Japanese kitten might liven up the home office!” But the worst for me comes in the final stretch: the 5 dollar movies section.
These movies range from decent to awesome, and even if you end up blowing like 30 bucks you feel like it’s this amazing deal because “OMG, 6 movies for 30 bucks!” Naturally, I quickly loaded my arms with picks like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and He’s Just Not That Into You (unfortunately failing to notice that it was some weird french version.) And then, I spotted The Outsiders–based on S.E. Hinton’s popular (required reading) book. I had always wanted to see it, but had safely stored it away in my mind with other movies that were “way too scary” for me to watch. I decided that since I had made significant progress with seven seasons of 24, Inglourious Basterds and Pulp Fiction (My suitemate got me on a Tarantino kick earlier that year) it was probably safe. Besides, it was my absolute favorite book from the seventh grade (I totally aced that book report. I MISS THE DAYS OF BOOK REPORTS.) Plus, it was a total steal at the 5 dollar Marshalls going rate. I was so going to watch it as soon as I got home.
This evening I found it still wrapped in that oh so annoying DVD wrapping. It’s been a year, and I’ve never quite been in the mood for the movie. My standard movie mood generally ranges from Disney movies to Rom-Coms, I’m always the one to say “Well, I’m not really in the mood for something serious.” But, whenever I am forced to sit through something I might not quite be in the mood for I always end up enjoying it thoroughly and realizing that perhaps I should venture beyond the Disney channel. (Example: Seeing Jane Eyre with Kerry earlier this spring. And then I do this thing where I act all pretentious to people being all, “What? You saw Bridesmaids? Pshh, I was seeing Jane Eyre. Yeah, I’m all literary and shit.)
The point of this run on story is that tonight I was suddenly in the mood for The Outsiders. I was finally going to get my 5 dollars worth. And, it was great and very true to the book as far as I can remember. Plus, it features baby versions of Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane and The Karate Kid (obviously I mean the original and not Jaden Smith who is still, in fact, a baby.) I also played my
pathetic new favorite game called: “One degree of Dawson’s Creek.” I managed to connect it twice: TomKat being the obvious one and then the awesome Emilio-Josh Jackson Mighty Ducks connection.
Bottom Line: The movie was fab, and I’m going to go try and dig up my old 7th Grade book report. I may also be inspired to write a story of my own. Damn, I wish I had some Hello Kitty paper. Next time, Marshalls. Next time.