This week I’m participating in a group bloghop through the Armchair Squid! The topic this time is about a movie we loved when we were younger and how we feel about it now. I have chosen Terms of Endearment.
When I was a kid, I loved ultra-dramatic movies. I had dreams of being an actress, so any movies that made me sob with wild abandon was a good movie in my book. Terms of Endearment (originally a Larry McMurtry novel) was a comedy-drama made in 1983 and the winner of 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It starred Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger as a mother and daughter with an ultra-close relationship, and Jack Nicholson as the slightly sleazy astronaut.
The thing about watching a movie as a kid (I think I was eleven when the movie came out) is that you don’t have a lot of life experience to inform your emotional responses. I remembered that Emma (Winger’s character) died in the movie, and I remember that I cried, but when I re-watched the movie about a year ago, it wasn’t just sad, but an all-out traumatic experience. I actually felt a little sick at the end. At 42, I now have some life experience with people dying from cancer, and it actually made the movie difficult to watch.
On another level, I didn’t remember the humorous parts in the movie, and I found the dysfunctional dating relationship between Shirley MacLaine’s and Jack Nicholson’s character hilarious. He is such a player and she’s so prim and proper—the contrast is perfectly amusing. Thank heavens for comic relief!
What was your favorite movie as a kid? Have you seen it recently?