I have pretty strong beliefs in life. My views on the world, morals, thoughts, religion, social grace, mortality etc are pretty firm and solid, but I also have an appreciation of everyone’s different opinion on these subjects. However, if there is anything I believe more in this world, besides the existence of God (you clever genius) is this;
EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON. EVERYONE HAS A PURPOSE.
Now, along with music and soundtracks, I am a huge movie buff. I am a highly analytical person and when a movie excites my mind, I am in a diagnostic heaven. But give me a movie that awakens my mind AND my beliefs… well now I’m in an emotive, investigative ecstasy!
One of my favourite movies is ‘Signs’ and anyone who has seen it will immediately know from reading the above why I like it so much. (Seriously, how cool is it that M. Night Shyamalan put forward a scenario of aliens invading the earth on a global scale but just tells the story through the lives of a singular, humble little family living on farm and all the while explain the intricacies of fate)????
So one evening I decided I was in the mood for a superhero fest (I’m a nerd) and I went on to Sky Movies and pressed for ‘Avengers Assemble’. After it started, it took me a few minutes to realise that for some unusual reason, Sky had decided to start another movie. These few minutes were enough to have me hooked on committing to the entire movie… Fate.
“Jeff, Who Lives At Home” is a movie by the Duplass Bothers, starring Jason Segal, Ed Helms who is the hilarious Andy from the US Office and the timeless Susan Sarandon (who I swear I saw parked outside a mall in San Diego with her ex-partner Tim Robbins but my friend insists I was just being a victim of my bad eyesight. Whatever! I know it was them).
Anyway, the movie is about a man who believes in destiny, signs and that everyone has a purpose in life. He spends his time getting high on weed in his mother’s basement, doing nothing but being certain in his beliefs and waiting for the signs that will lead him to his life’s principle. He gets a wrong call from a man looking for a ‘Kevin’ and this is when his destiny path begins… The movie is so simply done yet with an epic theory. It really, really hit home to me and I could relate to every character. Every, single, one.
This below is a little scene that is my favourite in the movie. So much so that I took the time to blog about it! Jeff and his brother are sitting fully clothed in an empty hotel bathtub discussing the breakdown of his brother’s marriage and of Jeff’s beliefs. The acting is amazing and the words are so truthfully straightforward.
Thank you Sky Movies for playing me the wrong film and giving me a lovely random bit of fate…
Pat: I wish that I could see the world like you
Pat: I don’t know. You have this like, belief in this cosmic order. I really envy that.
Jeff: You don’t want to be like me. I’m not happy at all. You know, since Dad died I’ve had this feeling that it had to be for a reason. I keep thinking that the signs are all about me but maybe, maybe they are about you and your marriage.
Pat: My marriage is not good. It is a disaster. I just want to feel like I love Linda. And I want to feel like she loves me. And that we both wanna like, be in love. I miss it and I want it so bad.
Jeff: I think you should just say that to her.
Pat: It’s not that simple Jeff.
Jeff: I don’t know. I think it could be that simple. I mean, wouldn’t you be psyched if Linda walked in here right now and sat down in this tub next to you and said “Pat I want to be in love with you again”?
Pat: That would be awesome.
Jeff: Dude, you need to say that to her. You need to tell her that right now.