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Funny that I would be writing about a 15-year-old movie, which I’m watching, probably for the fifteenth time, as I write this.

From the opening theme song, I am perpetually enthralled and captivated by the dialog, especially the email exchanges.  (It makes me want to get the original book, but there was none.)  Some of my favorites:

Kathleen Kelly: [in an email to Joe Fox] The odd thing about this form of communication is that you’re more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.

Joe Fox: The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.

Joe Fox: The Godfather is the I Ching. The Godfather is the sum of all wisdom. The Godfather is the answer to any question. What should I pack for my summer vacation? “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” What day of the week is it? “Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday.”

Joe Fox: Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies.  I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.

Kathleen Kelly: When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.

Joe Fox:  I must warn you that when you finally have the pleasure of saying the thing you mean to say at the moment you mean to say it, remorse inevitably follows.

The West Side scenery makes the area inviting, and the choices of background music are great, even though the words may have nothing, specifically, to do with a scene.

Watch it!  Watch it with your kids so you can explain to your kids, if you know, what the dial up handshake sound is.


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