Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year! I think!

Today being the first day of 2009, I have been reflecting on the things in my life that I feel need to change.  This has me very depressed.  The way I can tell if I'm depressed is as follows: I watch an extraordinarily bad, cheesy, cliche movie about an underdog who makes good, and if I cry, I'm depressed.  The worse the movie is, the more severe my depression.

Today, I watched one of the "Bring it On" movies.  The one with the indestructible cheerleader from "Heroes," before she was indestructible, and Beyonce's obnoxious younger sister.  This is a terrible movie.  It makes the original "Bring it On" look like "Dangerous Liaisons."  For those who haven't seen it, all I need to tell you is that the climax is a no-holds-barred cheer-off between the white school and the "ghetto" school moderated by a pre-superstardom Rhianna.  The "ghetto" school changes out of cheerleader outfits into their miraculously coordinated "ghetto" streetwear and street-cheer-krump-dances the white squad off the floor.  It was at this point that I began to tear up.  When the ghetto school was actually permitted to appear in a video for "Pon the Replay," I began to sob.

In short, I must be quite depressed.  I'm thinking of pulling out my old standby, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt, just to revive myself.

However, this morning I was surprised by a pretty decent movie.  It was called "In Her Shoes," I think, and it was about two sisters (Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette) who find their grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) and explore the mystery surrounding the death of their mother.  The Toni Collette character, Rose, really spoke to me- she has a closet full of gorgeous, expensive shoes that she never wears, because she's afraid of them getting messed up or looking silly in them.  She's a responsible lawyer who takes care of everybody else.  Cameron Diaz' character, Maggie, is the total opposite.  During the movie, they each have to learn to be more like each other, and it actually is very sweet.

I'm so much like Rose, in a lot of ways.  This year, I am going to "wear my shoes" more.  I'm going to try and get out there, enjoy what I have, and stop worrying so much about what I don't.  I'm not going to try to lose weight, I'm going to try to be healthier.  I'm going to try to readjust my attitude about things, and focus on the fun and good times.

Happy New Year!  I must be feeling better...I just watched "The Waterboy" and didn't shed a tear.


Barbaloot said...

I fully knew which movie you were talking about even before you started describing it. Why? Oh-because I watched it, too. We. Are. Awesome.

Kristina P. said...

I think it was on VH1. And the first Bring It On was actually pretty good. I haven't seen the follow ups.

I've been watching Mythbusters. It makes me feel smarter. And stupider.

Jill said...

I've never seen "In Her Shoes". Sounds like a good movie. I think I need to "wear my shoes" more often, too. :)
Happy New Year!

Machen family said...

I haven't seen any of the bring it on shows. I do love Toni Collette though..have you seen About A Boy? It's awesome

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Is it wrong to have seen all of the "Bring It On" movies? I guess you could say that I am a not-so-in-the-closet fan of teen flicks. Actually, now that I think of it, I have seen all of the movies you mentioned in this post.

Your standby, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", is by far my fav too. Nothing compares to the moment when Janey sneaks out to be in the "Dance TV" competition. Nothing!


PS: Your goals for 2009 are poignant, realistic, and just plain creative. I love them!