laughing and crying

about-a-boy01we watched a double-bill on saturday night at the movies: hugh grant, nicholas hoult, and toni collette in about a boy and the even funnier and even sadder mary and max, the theme being age difference. mary and max is also about loneliness. tho they both live in cities–she in melbourne, he in new york–they’re both lonely–she has an alcoholic parent, he has aspberger’s. but max realizes life isn’t fair and life is like a sidewalk: for some, it’s smooth and clean; for others, it’s cracked and littered. Mary-And-Max1max also realizes that he is who he is, faults and all. it sounds, perhaps, kinda cheesy, but it isn’t: max says in a letter to mary: ‘dr bernard hazelhof said if i was on a desert island, then i would have to get used to my own company–just me and the coconuts. he said i would have to accept myself, my warts and all, and that we don’t get to choose our warts. they are part of us and we have to live with them.’

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2 Responses to laughing and crying

  1. Cynthia says:

    I have seen About a Boy and it is good. The character played by the boy is older in emotion than the man played by Hugh Grant. It is a lovely movie. Haven’t seen the other one. Have you seen Extremely Loud Incredibly Close. Another movie with a boy and autism … very good! I also just went to see Life of Pi… another interesting movie!

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