Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Endearments--Movie Style

I had no idea where this post was going, but somehow I ended up with a few quotes from movies—terms of endearment, phrases lovers say to each other, ways they speak to each other depending on the characters. I chose four movies I enjoyed, because each had actors and actresses I admired for their talent and diversity. Some of these terms of endearments may not be quite orthodox, but humans have countless diverse ways of expressing interest and even love.


Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora's interludes with Garrett Breedlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking. In the end, different people show their love in very different ways.

Aurora Greenway-Shirley McLaine
Emma Horton-Debra Winger
Garrett Breedlove-Jack Nicholson
Tommy Horton-Troy Bishop

[Lying in the surf after being thrown from the car.]
Garrett Breedlove: If you wanted to get me on my back, all you had to do was ask me.
Garrett Breedlove: I like the lights on.
Aurora Greenway: Then go home and turn them on.
Aurora Greenway: Do you have any reaction at all to my telling you I love you?
Garrett Breedlove: I was just inches from a clean getaway.
Aurora Greenway: Don't worship me until I've earned it.
Garrett Breedlove: Wind in the hair! Lead in the pencil!
Garrett Breedlove: [on their first date] Aurora...
Aurora Greenway: Yes?
Garrett Breedlove: You're not *fun*, by any chance, are you?
Aurora Greenway: I don't really think we should think about that right now.
Aurora Greenway: Impatient boys sometimes miss dessert!
Emma Horton: Momma, that's the first time I stopped hugging first. I like that.

Toula Portokalos: Why?... Why do you love me?
Ian Miller: Because I came alive when I met you.
Ian Miller: I remember you.
Toula Portokalos: Look, I was going through a phase. I was Frump Girl.
Ian Miller: I don't remember Frump Girl, but I remember you.


Tripp: Do you have real feelings?
Paula: Of course I have real feelings!
Tripp: For what?
Paula: For you! And believe me I did not want that because I had a good life before you. Well, not good... but... it was okay. Well... it was empty actually, but at least I was blissfully unaware of how miserable I was. Whereas now... because of you... I am acutely aware of how completely and totally unhappy I am. Thank you for that.

[first lines]
Melissa: I just feel really close to you.
Tripp: You are really close to me.

Melissa: So, where do you see us going?
Tripp: Well, tonight, I see us going back to my place.
Tripp: So what do we do now?
Paula: Actually, it's... it's quite simple. You just have to decide. Do you want to spend the rest of your life having fun? Or do you want to spend it with me?
Tripp: Hmm...
Paula: Shut up! Not everything you say is perfect.
Tripp: We can have a little bit of fun, can't we? Huh?


Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: When was the last time you took a risk?
Dr. Molly Griswold: Well, I'm with you, Roy. I'm with you
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: It won't always be like this, you know.
Dr. Molly Griswold: What?
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: With me surrounded by all these guys, snoring... stripper ex-girlfriend laying across from us... caddy sleeping next to her. It won't always be like this.
Dr. Molly Griswold: Yes, it will.
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Do you find me sexy?
Dr. Molly Griswold: You have your moments.
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Well, you let me know which moments are my moments and I'll try and duplicate 'em.

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Cheryl said...


Great post. I always think of that scene in Robin Hood where Kevin Costner grabs Marian and says, "I WOULD DIE FOR YOU." just before he plants that long sexy kiss on her...Lord. Now that was an "I LOVE YOU" if there ever was one. (I bet you can tell I am a Kevin Costner fan--from the old days--not his new stuff so much.) I love all of your examples, but Tin Cup got me to thinking about Kevin. SIGH.


Mona Risk said...

Celia- What a fun post. I admire you for remembering the words. I know I like them when I see the movie, and then they evaporate.

Mona Risk said...

Celia- What a fun post. I admire you for remembering the words. I know I like them when I see the movie, and then they evaporate.

Savanna Kougar said...

Celia, those are great lines, especially in Terms of Endearment. And, also, I like Tin Cup. What a fun trip down movie memory lane!

Celia Yeary said...

CHERYL--oh, I'm a big fan of Kevin, too. Remember Open Range. With Sue? "Well...Sue." That was the best the poor guy could do and it was, well, so "endearing." Celia

Celia Yeary said...

MONA--oh, I didn't remember any lines. I copied and pasted them from movie sites. There's a huge site with every movie in the world on it, and for each movie, there are quotes. Love it. Celia

Celia Yeary said...

SAVANNA--I'd love to see Tin Cup again. Very Texas, with the Austin-based Texas Tornadoes singing the theme songs--great stuff! Celia

Bekki Lynn said...

Do we as women or authors pick up on the subtle ways of love more so?

I find at times I need to explain to my husband why I'm moved so much by what goes over his head.

Great post, Celia. Now I have this urge to watch Kevin Costner. Field of Dreams is my fav.

Celia Yeary said...

BEKKI--oh, yes, I truly believe men can't quite grasp what moves us at times. And Kevin? Maybe we should tell him he has a fan club here! I don't think one move he made received a good review--he's always been criticized for reasons I don't understand. To me, though, he's one of the more sensual actors around--and all her has to do is stand there. Celia