Do you remember that one kid you had a huge crush on when you were an impressionable teen? Then the kid made a nasty comment that stuck with you for the rest of your life? I most certainly do! His name was Jose and if you’re reading, I haven’t forgotten what you said! Anyhow, I was hurt. Badly. I wished on every shooting star and birthday candle that he would fall in love with me so that I could reject him and hurt him right back. Of course, that never happens and that’s why we are here, seeking alternative forms of therapy while we sit on our couches wishing we could STILL break his (or her) heart.
This week, the Netflix Instant Movie you should be watching is Dogfight (1991), starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor. He plays a jerk; she plays a sweet naïve girl (does this scenario sound familiar?) who gets treated like dirt and, of course, he falls for her. Here is why this movie is the living end while eating cookies dunked in milk:
1. It’s Lili Taylor! She’s fantastic in everything she’s ever done. She played a very convincing nut job in I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) and weirdo chef/wife in HBO’s Six Feet Under (2002-2003).
2. It takes place in 1960′s San Francisco, California. You know that was the happening place in the ’60′s. All the cute & smart boys were there protesting or something.
3. I know this sounds like a total cliché but I’m going to say it anyway: there are Marines. I like a boy in uniform.
4. This is quite possibly the best performance of River Phoenix’s short-lived career.
5. If you don’t normally watch indie films, this is a good place to start.
Let us forget the nasty little boy who traumatized us for life for at least tonight and pretend that he did fall in love with us. Did you fall in love right back or break his heart?
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Myrna is a self-proclaimed movie lover, music worshipper and slacker extraordinaire. She can often be found on her couch watching movies, in local movie theaters or catching a concert in the Los Angeles area. You can follow Myrna on Twitter here and on Tumblr here.