Monday, January 30, 2012
In which I approve of using movies as social tests, especially The Golden Child
In case you're not yet familiar with it, Our Valued Customers is a webcomic that depicts actual remarks overheard in comic book stores. It's meant to be enjoyed the same way people enjoy Real Housewives or checking in on the Kardashians: with much judgment and eye-rolling. Though it's much easier to swallow than any reality show.
Occasionally though, I find myself thinking that a comment isn't the craziest thing I've ever heard. Like the one above. I strongly object to the harshness of the B-word, but as a fan of The Golden Child, I totally agree with its use as a litmus test for discovering My People. (Having already discovered My Wife, I don't need it as a dating screen.) It's a divisive movie with more people laughing at it than with it, so any time I find another appreciator, I know we're going to get along. And if you don't laugh until you ache at "I-ah-ah-ah-I want the kniiife...Pleeeeeease," then I don't know what's wrong with you.
So my question is: what movies do you use to tell if you're going to get along with someone?