(Editor’s Note: I wasn’t kidding when I reached out to a bunch of other comics to help with the posting on O:L. Local Romantic-Comedy movie expert and my good friend comedian Anthony DiDomenico decided to come up with a brilliant idea. “Comparing himself to sad sack movie characters” as he so eloquently put it. So enjoy the break from me! I’ll be chiming in the italics and picture captions as per usual.)
Anyone who knows me or bothers to follow me on social media; knows my love of the romantic comedies or the “girlie” movies and TV shows. I am always asked; “Why?” The most obvious answer is because I am a hopeless romantic. I have always been one and unfortunately I always will be. Secondly, I enjoy them. I like when everything works out in the end because in life it never happens that way. Last, I find that I can relate to the characters in these movies. I can identify with what they go through. However in real life, unlike in the movies, the ending is never happily ever after. Even so, I will continue to watch these movies and shows. So Hugh and I thought it would be fun to tell you about the characters I relate to the most.
So here we go…
Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything:
Lloyd is the classic 1980’s rom-com teen-movie good-guy hopeless romantic. (Editor’s Note: Whoa, that’s a lot of hyphens.) He wears his heart on his sleeve. Everyone who has watched this movie rooted for Lloyd. From him getting Diane Court to go out with him to not making a fool of himself at dinner with her father to ultimately winning her back in the end.
Lloyd and Diane’s romance was one that started up fast and ended quickly. While they where together they spent a lot of time together and things began to heat up quickly. I was recently in a similar situation to this. I met someone, we hit it off and started talking all day and hanging out all night. Like Lloyd, I thought this was going to be a relationship that was going to last a while, but like Lloyd, I got the “We need to talk.” line and it ended just as fast as it started.
Now I know you all are saying, “Anthony, Lloyd and Diane got back together and moved to England together”. Yes I know this. They ended up together because it is a movie and not real life. Real life is that after you break up, no matter how hard you try, the girl doesn’t want to see you and moves away and you will most likely never see them again. (Editor’s Note: Man, real life is depressing…)
Ducky from Pretty In Pink:
No one has been stuck in the friend-zone more than Duckie Dale. I’ve seen Pretty In Pink over 200 times in my life (Editor’s Note: Of course he has…) and every time Andy goes on the first date with Blane I still feel sorry for Duckie. I’m sure everyone can relate a little to the Duckman. Who hasn’t had their heart-broken by watching someone you love go off with another? However, not everyone has had the “pleasure” of being called a great friend by this person. “Oh…if only I can find someone like you.” Well, I’m right in front of your face dummy. During an audition for a reality show once I told the person conducting the interview that I was the modern-day Duckie Dale. I think it just paints a perfect picture. Doesn’t it?
I have ended up in the friend-zone more times than I would like to count, and like Duckie it’s usually my fault. Like Duckie I can never get the guts to tell the girl how I feel. Of course until it’s too late. So, all hail King Duckie!
Mike from Swingers:
Swingers is almost a bio-pic of my life. I probably have more in common with this character than any of other characters. When Swingers starts, Mike is pining over his ex-girlfriend. He broke up with her shortly after he moved out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy and acting.
She found someone else right away and he is left waiting for her to call him and get back together. Mike’s friends always tell him how “money” he is and encourage him to meet girls. When he finally does get a number, he destroys any chance of something with her that very same night.
Lets get the basic similarities out-of-the-way; we are both nice guys, comedians, bad with break ups and can ruin a potential relationship in one night. I can practically sue for copyright infringement.
I have been in two serious relationships thus far. Both times they ended and the girls found someone new right away. Meanwhile I was left waiting for them to come back. Of course, they never did.
Like Mike, I also will talk about how much I miss the relationship to my friends. Also like in the movie, my friends become sick of hearing about it. Like Mike, I also received calls after I already got over them and then they start talking about getting back together. They always seem to wait until you are over them, don’t they? Like Mike (Editor’s Note: What is this, a Michael Jordan commercial?), I can meet a girl and have some interest going on but I will always find a way to sabotage it with my craziness. Now, at the end of Swingers, Mike meets Loraine and takes her call over his ex’s. This is movie and that has never happened to me. Loraine has never called and I always end up alone.
(Editor’s note: C’iest la vie)
Reeves from 10 Years:
Now here is my sleeper pick on the list. Reeves has become one of my favorite movie characters. If you have never seen 10 Years, I don’t want to spoil too much (Editor’s Note: Anthony already has a notorious reputation of being a spoiler), it’s a movie about a 10 year high school reunion.
Reeves is a famous musician with a hit song, a hit song that he had written about his high school crush. She has never heard this song, so he sings it at the local bar after the reunion. Then she realizes it is about her after he sings a line about the yellow shoes she used to wear in school. How adorable is that?
We all have that one person we can think back to from the past. You know, that one person we shared a moment with but never said anything or did anything about that moment? With me, it’s not anyone from high school but rather from college. Last day of freshman English, this girl came up to me and asked if I was sad the school year was over. Now I had thought this girl was cute and I wanted to talk to her all semester. We started talking and walked together for a little after class…
Now my mom worked at the school. She said she was going to drive me to my car after class. Instead of continuing to walk with this cute girl, whom approached me, I chickened out and said I had to go. I sadly walked into my Mom’s office, realizing I was an idiot, I ran back out of the office to see if I could catch up with her. Of course she was gone. This isn’t the movies. I was too scared to ask for a number and blew it. My self-sabotage knows no bounds. To this day I still think about it and wish I had asked for her number or at least continued to walk with her to see where it went. Now as a comedian, maybe one day I will be famous like Reeves and I will have the opportunity to tell this story and she will see it, but I’ll have to wait until then because no one is reading this. (Editor’s Note: Hey, dickbag!)
(Editor’s Note: Thanks to Anthony DiDomenico for the post on a topic that I know nothing about. I have only seen 1 of those 4 movies. I was glad to bring in an expert introvert. Hope you have enjoyed our guest writing. See you next time.)