Sunday, August 28, 2011

Are you ready for the answers you are searching (ahem snooping) for?

I just finished watching Little Black Book on Netflix. I suddenly had a bug and wanted to watch something from Britney Murphy, even though I was not really a fan. It was cute, but it was not something I would buy. It was a mediocre comedy, which wasn't really funny as it was awkward.

For those who haven't seen it, the main character, Stacy,  is with a guy for a year. They move in together and she lands a job for a talk show. She has to watch shows at home to learn the format when her boyfriend's ex girlfriend, who conveniently happens to be a supermodel, is one of the people on the show. Stacy is blown away by the fact that her average boyfriend dated a supermodel and failed to even mention it to her. He keeps beating around the bush, which makes Stacy wonder exactly why he hid this from her. If it wasn't a big deal, why make the obvious effort to hide it?

She decides to go through his cell phone, which all this was before the iPhones were out, and discovers quite a bit about her guy. She schedules interviews with these ex girlfriends and pretends that they are going to be part of the show that she is employed for and gets personal information about these woman, especially when it comes to her boyfriend. Information such as the fact that he meets up with one ex, who is a gynocologist, so she can have regular visits with the dog, Bob. He frequently meets up with another, who really was the love of his life. He had her meet his parents and go on vacations together when Stacy has never met them because he "doesn't bring girls home". The ex also didn't know about Stacy because he never mentioned that he was in a relationship. They promised they wouldn't mention anyone else unless the other relationship was serious while Stacy is living with her boyfriend and has been with him for a year. Or was it that she stayed there all the time and practically lived there? Either way, the ex didn't even know he was dating all. Stacy begins to find lots of lies and inconsistencies which ultimately leads her to the realization that while she loves her boyfriend and he is a great guy, they just aren't meant to be together. He is meant to be with one of the ex's that Stacy grows to love, so she lets him go.

Of course all this is live and on the air for the tv show she works for.

Many people would say that she got what was coming to her. "If it's not broke, don't fix it." I see more behind the story. She really did like this guy and when a little red flag came up, her woman's intuition chimed in. It did ultimately break up her relationship but it solved a lot of questions. It also ultimately helped him answer some own questions in his mind. Are you supposed to ignore your mind when it tries to figure something like that out? Wouldn't you want to know? Ignorance is not always bliss. There are things that we need to know. And she made a good point. "No, you don't have to tell me everything, but shouldn't you want to tell me everything? If we are sharing our lives together, why aren't we sharing our lives together?" No one is going to be comfortable with the fact that their lover still talks to their ex (or exes) but we certainly don't want to find out that it's been going on in secret. And shouldn't your partner want to share the fact that they've been seeing someone?

In the end, I watched the movie and thought that it could have been done so much better, but the point was still made. Kudos on the message but the delivery needed a hell of a lot of work.

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