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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 8, 2011 at 9:58 AM

A metaphor, for a Thursday

My drive to work every morning takes about 15 minutes or so, and today I drove part of it as the second car behind a truck that was towing a rather precariously secured portable toilet. I was grateful to not be the car directly behind the truck and its cargo, and pondered how stressful that might be — you never know when the ropes, or whatever’s holding it on, might give way. And then it dawned on me that this experience is a good metaphor for the experience of watching certain movies. Sometimes, the portable toilet stays on the truck, just barely. Sometimes, the ropes break and the audience gets pelted, metaphorically speaking. And sometimes, wondering if the ropes are going to hold is the only genuine suspense and engagement you feel. For two hours.
In entirely unrelated news, a sequel is reportedly under way for the Adam Sandler comedy “The Grown-Ups.” In the immortal words of Miranda Priestly, “That’s all.”

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