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Are you kidding us with this?

by Potes May 8, 2005
Riding the Bus with My Sister

Rick and Rachel walk on the train tracks, and Rachel compares Beth to Chinese water torture, which seems just about right. Rick says that she can't give up, but Rachel says she can, and that Beth wasn't the only one who suffered. After their dad left, their mom found a no-good ex-con boyfriend who was a nasty cur. Flashback, and I totally expect some molestation of at least one of the girls, but there is none. Present-day Rachel says that mom didn't care about them after she got her lousy boyfriend. Rick confesses that he has a teenaged son who now has a stepfather. "It's hard having your boy raised by another man," he says. Their relationship is shaky, but Rick says that a person has to keep trying and putting himself out there. And then, amidst this talk of family tragedy, he goes in for a kiss. He tells Rachel that he has no illusions, which I guess means that he just wants to have sex with her. Slick Rick rides again! Rachel changes the subject and points out the buses running through town. She now knows the drivers and schedules well. The two flirt some more.

On her way out of town, Rachel runs into Jesse riding his bike. She says she has some pictures of Beth that she thought he'd like to have, but he declines to take them. He says that pictures make him think of Beth alone and sad. I'm sorry, but that makes no sense. Rachel says that Jesse is a good man, and he replies, "My momma taught me that..." Life is like a box of chocolates, perhaps? "...you do your best this day, and see what the next day be like. And keep moving like that." And I think that, an hour and thirty-four minutes in, this movie is wearing me down, because I found that to be a little poignant. Jesse says that you can learn a lot in just one day. He then quickly transitions from meaningfully wise developmentally disabled to adorably cheery mentally disabled and bikes off with a chipper "Okay! Bye!"

And then, the coup de grace of the Hallmark commercials. A male coworker invites a female coworker out for drinks with the gang. She declines, saying that she's visiting her brother, who just moved out of their parents' place. Male coworker asks how old said brother is, and the woman says, "34." Intriguing. She walks up the steps of an apartment, and who is there to meet her but her adorably Down's Syndromed brother. And this is actually an actor with Down's Syndrome, and not just, like, Randy Quaid playing the part, so I guess that's a step in the right direction. Sister takes a tour of the apartment, which looks quite nice. Brother has made vegetable soup. The sister is nice, unlike the sister in the movie we are watching. She is so nice, in fact, that she gives her brother a card. "I'm so proud of you." He says, "I'm proud of you too, Trish," and smiles an adorable smile. Damn you, Hallmark, for making me feel evil if I don't think this commercial is sweet! Rgh.

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Are you kidding us with this?

by Potes May 8, 2005
Riding the Bus with My Sister

Rick and Rachel walk on the train tracks, and Rachel compares Beth to Chinese water torture, which seems just about right. Rick says that she can't give up, but Rachel says she can, and that Beth wasn't the only one who suffered. After their dad left, their mom found a no-good ex-con boyfriend who was a nasty cur. Flashback, and I totally expect some molestation of at least one of the girls, but there is none. Present-day Rachel says that mom didn't care about them after she got her lousy boyfriend. Rick confesses that he has a teenaged son who now has a stepfather. "It's hard having your boy raised by another man," he says. Their relationship is shaky, but Rick says that a person has to keep trying and putting himself out there. And then, amidst this talk of family tragedy, he goes in for a kiss. He tells Rachel that he has no illusions, which I guess means that he just wants to have sex with her. Slick Rick rides again! Rachel changes the subject and points out the buses running through town. She now knows the drivers and schedules well. The two flirt some more.

On her way out of town, Rachel runs into Jesse riding his bike. She says she has some pictures of Beth that she thought he'd like to have, but he declines to take them. He says that pictures make him think of Beth alone and sad. I'm sorry, but that makes no sense. Rachel says that Jesse is a good man, and he replies, "My momma taught me that..." Life is like a box of chocolates, perhaps? "...you do your best this day, and see what the next day be like. And keep moving like that." And I think that, an hour and thirty-four minutes in, this movie is wearing me down, because I found that to be a little poignant. Jesse says that you can learn a lot in just one day. He then quickly transitions from meaningfully wise developmentally disabled to adorably cheery mentally disabled and bikes off with a chipper "Okay! Bye!"

And then, the coup de grace of the Hallmark commercials. A male coworker invites a female coworker out for drinks with the gang. She declines, saying that she's visiting her brother, who just moved out of their parents' place. Male coworker asks how old said brother is, and the woman says, "34." Intriguing. She walks up the steps of an apartment, and who is there to meet her but her adorably Down's Syndromed brother. And this is actually an actor with Down's Syndrome, and not just, like, Randy Quaid playing the part, so I guess that's a step in the right direction. Sister takes a tour of the apartment, which looks quite nice. Brother has made vegetable soup. The sister is nice, unlike the sister in the movie we are watching. She is so nice, in fact, that she gives her brother a card. "I'm so proud of you." He says, "I'm proud of you too, Trish," and smiles an adorable smile. Damn you, Hallmark, for making me feel evil if I don't think this commercial is sweet! Rgh.

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