MONDO EXTRAS

The '60s redux, again, some more

by Alex Richmond June 16, 2002
The '60s

Still more Motown. "Can I Get A Witness," artist unknown to me. ["I believe it's Marvin Gaye." -- Sars] Montage of the various protests in the South with MLK and Charles Dutton and company. Look, we're on buses again. Finally, MLK in front of the reflecting pool.

Michael daydreams in class. The blip says November, 1963. Freaking Simon and Garfunkel start up as we get a Kennedy campaign montage. Julia Stiles is home sick on the couch. Her mom makes her soup; she eats it. They look super-unhappy. A priest comes in and whispers to the teacher-nun and she crosses herself. The daydreaming Michael is all, "Whuh?" Julia looks at the TV like, oh, no! Jerry O'Connell, drinking beers at a bar in his uniform, looks at the TV set, dumbfounded. Charles Dutton and Co. also look dumbfounded. The whole fam sits on the couch in dark clothing looking bereft, and we get the whole JFK funeral montage, complete with Li'l JFK Jr. saluting the casket. Somber trumpets blow. Is it wrong of me to say "Oy" at this? Sorry, I was born in the '70s.

Julie Stiles is sneaking out her bathroom window -- woo! "My Girl" starts up. She runs down the driveway, and her gal pal rolls up just in time to drive her away to something naughty.

Ooh, they're playing spin-the-bottle! How fucking idyllic. For whatever reason, Julia Stiles's dad charges in and crashes the party. He opens the closet door, catching Julie mid-seven-minutes-in-heaven. She runs out of the house, and as she hurdles those little suburban hedges out front, he chases her and falls flat on his face. Ha ha ha! She tells him she'll never do anything like that again. Oh yeah you will, Miss Stiles. Her dad says the wrong thing again, some more, by saying he wishes he could believe her. She's all, Daaaad! Dude, what a wrong thing to say.

We get some footage of the Cassius Clay/Sonny Liston fight. Oh, that Cassius. So glib and mouthy. You gotta love that. Charles shadowboxes around his dad, saying how "strong" and "pretty" he is. Charles Dutton is all, "Go do your homework!" Daa-aad! Charles Dutton is all, "You gotta take advantage of these opportunities now! They were paid for in blood!" He means the equal opportunities. Charles just listens and asks if he's "done." What an ingrate! Go do your homework, kid.

Michael and his dad argue about college. His dad thinks he should get a job to help pay for it. Michael says he can't work, because of classes and homework. Woo, looks who's middle class! Michael says college "isn't a trade school -- it isn't about making a living, it's about the world!" Dad has some life advice for his son: "You don't work, you don't eat." Ha ha ha! That's rather simplistic, isn't it? He's totally forgetting about crime. Jerry O'Connell walks in, all uniformed out, and his fam goes nuts, yelling in joy and jumping up to hug him. Dad is happy to see Jerry made sergeant. Then, Jerry drops the "good news" -- he's going to Vietnam. Everyone says they're happy, except for Michael, and the viewing audience.

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The '60s redux, again, some more

by Alex Richmond June 16, 2002
The ’60s A lot of people march. They march for the right to vote. That is so cool. We see the guy that painted his face with whiteface and wrote "vote" on his forehead. The peaceful justice-marchers intersect with a bunch of stupid white men. A crazy-looking bearded white guy asks Charles to give him the flag he's holding because he's "disgracing" it. Charles won't give it up. Weird Beard snatches it out of Charles's hand and tells the "communist Negroes" to "go home." Charles Dutton is all, "We are home." Weird Beard hits him in the face with the flag. Dude, what the fuck is wrong with white people? Seriously, I do not get the hating of other people because of their race. It's just stupid. Like, get a real reason to hate someone. How about the systematic oppression of people to capitalize on their legally enforced servitude? That's a real reason. A sheriff tells the protesters to move it along. Charles Dutton says that their gathering is constitutionally protected. Another white guy hits him in the gut with an axe handle. Reporters step up and take photos. The sheriff says to move it along. A woman stands up and sings, "We Shall Overcome." Other voices join her. She's right, you know. In your face, stupid white people. The bus ride home is a happy one. MLK makes his "let freedom ring" speech as we see the happy faces of marchers. Charles Dutton and his family are happy in the car, until they get home and see that their house was set on fire. Damn. Still more Motown. "Can I Get A Witness," artist unknown to me. ["I believe it's Marvin Gaye." -- Sars] Montage of the various protests in the South with MLK and Charles Dutton and company. Look, we're on buses again. Finally, MLK in front of the reflecting pool. Michael daydreams in class. The blip says November, 1963. Freaking Simon and Garfunkel start up as we get a Kennedy campaign montage. Julia Stiles is home sick on the couch. Her mom makes her soup; she eats it. They look super-unhappy. A priest comes in and whispers to the teacher-nun and she crosses herself. The daydreaming Michael is all, "Whuh?" Julia looks at the TV like, oh, no! Jerry O'Connell, drinking beers at a bar in his uniform, looks at the TV set, dumbfounded. Charles Dutton and Co. also look dumbfounded. The whole fam sits on the couch in dark clothing looking bereft, and we get the whole JFK funeral montage, complete with Li'l JFK Jr. saluting the casket. Somber trumpets blow. Is it wrong of me to say "Oy" at this? Sorry, I was born in the '70s.

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