Slo-mo montage of Kitty and Nora running through the airport, checking the departure screen, frantic, as what sounds like Counting Crows plays. Ick. The cinematic promise of the scene's beginning is dashed by airport security's refusal to let the women through without a ticket in spite of their explanations and pleas, which actually pleases me because it's a more realistic, less cheesy writing choice. Not that that lasts long, but I'm getting ahead of myself. Finally, they give up and wander away from the line, at a loss; Kitty calls Justin's cell, and Nora grabs the phone and leaves a raggedy, angry message saying she's mad that he left without saying goodbye, and sorry she didn't go to the museum with him, and he's always thinking of everyone else (...like I said earlier) and he has to "stop that, do you hear me, I want you to stop that right now," and just then Justin comes upon them. He was in the men's, changing into his fatigues, which he says is a good thing or he'd have missed them, and the three of them have a huge hug, and he says he didn't want to ruin Kitty's party, which prompts his mom and sister to fulminate at him about how he's an idiot, which is exactly what my family would do. Hee. The women stop themselves, feeling wrong about it this time, and Justin tries to joke, "Here we go again, right?" Kitty stares at him for a minute, then says that she doesn't know what she believes in anymore -- re: the war, presumably -- "but I know that I believe in you." Uch. Awful line. Kitty loves him so much; she hugs him and tells him to take care of himself. She lets go, and it's Nora's turn to clamp onto Justin like a vise: "Justin, you don't have to say anything or do anything for me. I came to say goodbye." Uch again. Tough scene to write, for sure, but this isn't getting it done -- it's too neat and a bit twee, and I don't think this is how these people, in this family, talk to each other, even at a time like this. Justin nods -- he appreciates what it's costing Nora to say it -- and says he loves her. Nora, valiantly trying not to sob, returns the sentiment: "And I'm gonna be just as brave as you are, I promise." What else can I say. The writing is leaning on the acting to put it over; not for lack of effort but it's not working here. Another big hug, and it's time for Justin to go. The unsympathetic security guard from earlier makes a big old fake manipulative show of letting Justin cut ahead of everyone else because he's a soldier "going off to fight for his country," and the Counting Crows or whoever nasally up in their nasals about coming down, and Justin gets on the escalator. He turns back to wave. Nora and Kitty smile bravely, but when he turns back around and heads up the escalator and out of sight, each of them offers up a sobby sigh. Great acting, like I said; almost saves the soggy scene.
Brothers and Sisters
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Brothers and Sisters