Choices. In life we make them. Sometimes they work out. Sometimes they fail miserably. Since I; don't drink, don't do drugs, still brokenhearted (probably permanent by now), etc. I oped to rent a DVD Friday night. Since the "new releases" didn't appeal to me I opted to touch, not to mention the DVD/movie rental vendor but they are everywhere in the United States - are red - and are designed like a standing shoe box - and cost (approximately) $ 1.27 per nigh, the screen showing "GENRE" and then "COMEDY". There poped up the icon of the movie "the life of Timothy Green". It starred Jennifer Gardner = good actress. It starred the English actor who usually is in action roles = good actor. Ok I thought and I touched the "PAY NOW" screen and swipped my Visa card. To anyone who hasn't seen this movie, but plans too, don't read any further as I am going to spoil this movie ending.
I choose to rent this movie as a “distraction” as I have been dealing with divorce, custody, visitation issues but most of all; missing my children, praying for them, regretting the things I did wrong, coming to terms with losing the true love of my life, etc.
As I arrived home I settled in to watch this “comedy”.
The first 5 minutes were entertaining…but not funny.
The first 30 minutes slightly less entertaining…but I still watched.
Then, as Timmy’s leaves began to fall off his legs, it was obvious that either Timmy was going to “become human” OR, worst case scenario, he would die. But he couldn’t die as this was a “comedy”.
About the worst movie a person can rent, who is undergoing a breakup and/or divorce and/or apart from their children, is a movie that reminds them of what they have lost – how sad they are – and/or the death of a child.
Basically, using these criteria, the WORST DVD/movie I could have rented would be titled “the life of Timothy Green”.
Of course I had to watch it until the end. Of course he had to die. Of course it was sad. Of course I couldn’t stop from watching it knowing “Timmy’s down to his last leaf and it don’t look good”.
How in the world could this have been mistakenly labeled, and recommended, as a “comedy”? If you think “comedy” this movie, from start to finish, is the FURTHEREST from a “comedy”.
This wasn’t about my lost $ 1.27 this was about emotions. If I wanted to share tears I didn’t have to rent a DVD as they flow on their own.
Now that I have taken the movie back (i.e. returned it) I decided, contrary to the wishes of those in line behind me, to see IF this movie was still under the “comedy” category. Oh no. It was under the drama category where it belonged.
As I pondered my great luck at renting a movie that was wrongly recommended I stared at the selections before me. I started to touch the rental for a “comedy” but at the last moment I cancelled it. The response, from the touch screen, was “are you sure you want to cancel?” and without hesitation I pressed “CANCEL”.
The lesson learned. Don’t rent “the life of Timothy Green” unless you like watching an adorable boy with leaves die at the end of the movie. Also, don’t’ trust the recommendations of a machine who wants you to spend money right then.
In the future I’ll take the time to research the movies as I can’t afford anymore drama, or sadness, whether it is generated by Timmy….or by reality.