Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Spaceballs: A wedge movie for my marriage

At the risk of changing forever how some of you feel about me, I am going to admit something I should probably keep to myself: One of my favorite movies of all time was Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles."

To be honest, I could watch this movie every month and still laugh out loud at parts of it. That's a problem in my house because my wife hates the movie. Not just a mild hate, but a "don't-ever-bring-that-movie-into-our-house-kind-of-hate." So it has been a long time since I have watched "Blazing Saddles."

A year ago, our son and daughter-in-law gave us a subscription to Netflix and we have gotten a lot of use out of it, but I probably stepped over the line this month when I somehow moved the movie "Spaceballs" up to the top of our movie queue and it ended up in our mailbox.

Actually, it has been sitting on top of our entertainment center for a month and I finally got up the courage to suggest that we watch the movie on Sunday night. When my wife asked me what the movie was about, all I got out was "Mel Brooks" when she rolled her eyes and picked up some school papers to grade.

An hour and 36 minutes later, she was rethinking her decision to marry me. Every time I laughed at something in the movie, she would glance up from her students' papers, look over and give me that look that all married men dread. You know that, "what was I thinking when I married this guy" look.

When I clicked on the "Special Features" after the movie was done, she just looked at me and said "No."

"Spaceballs" was no "Blazing Saddles" but I did get a few laughs out of it. But now I'm probably going to have to watch "The Devil Wears Prada," "27 Dresses," and "Sleepless in Seattle," and any number of chick flicks before I get to order another one of my movies again.


Eric said...

That's hilarious. Both your post, and the movie Spaceballs. haha. I would imagine my wife would not be terribly excited about it either.

When we moved in together, we consolidated our DVD collection. As she was going through mine, she picked up the movie Airplane and asked me, "What is this?"

She has never seen it, and while I know she will hate it, some day soon I will sit her down and get her to watch it.

I enjoy your blog. Glad I stumbled across it.

The Sanity Project said...

I will tell you, that after 18 years of watching movies in that woman's living room, I had to move 800 miles away. She just simply cannot enjoy a solid movie. Even a movie that she specifically requests, she refuses to commit more than 30%-55% of her attention to by grading papers or reading a newspaper simultaneously. (I just realized that she will also refuse to play any sort of trivia board game i.e. Trivial Pursuit, yet she insists on providing the answers aloud before the actual players, whilst grading or newspapering, no less).

Actually, methinks it's some sort of defense mechanism that prevents her from experiencing the joy of primitive entertainment and becoming vulnerable to Mel Brooks. I think there is a deeper issue here. Does she still have Jack's number? Go check her rolodex..

Which reminds me, did I ever tell you about the time we went to see Miss Saigon in Detroit and she brought a crossword and a book of sudoku puzzles?

Jim of L-Town said...

Glad you enjoy the blog Eric, I also enjoy yours.

Dear Sanity Project: Your mother vehemently denies the Sudoku part of your post, but admits to the rest.
At least she doesn't make me close the door to the bedroom to watch a movie. That would be your hang up.
We love and miss you. Come home soon!

Anonymous said...

She probably doesn't like the 3 Stooges either... Pity, one of lifes simple pleasures.

Don't forget to "comb the desert.."

Jim of L-Town said...

No she doesn't like them the Three Stooges either(and I have nearly all 185 episodes taped off the television).

"Comb the desert," see you got me laughing all over again.

Anonymous said...

No love here for Blazing Saddles. Id rather watch Airplane the movie.

Anonymous said...

Anyone want to watch a movie? I have popcorn! It must be genetic. I LOVE all those movies! Jim, I think I watched Blazing Saddles with you when I was 12. It's still my favorite. And I watched Mel Brooks History of the World on my first wedding night.(needless to say that marriage didn't last long) How about Taladaga Nights? I know it by heart. I promise I won't bring any of those movies out when my darling sister in law comes to visit. BTW...I own 27 Dresses if you want to borrow it.....

Anonymous said...

Why don't you get Joanie to watch "Blades of Glory" with you? See if she looks at you in the same way?Just wondering.

Anonymous said...

I don't like the use of the "N" word in that movie. Sharing my first name with a popular black actor doesnt hurt at all. I have you to thank for that.

Jim of L-Town said...

Except that the use of the "N" word completely backfires on the people who use it.

But one of my favorite lines in the movie is when Mel Brooks, who plays the governor, talks about protecting his and other bureaucrats "phony, baloney jobs."

I'm not getting the actor name reference. Feel free to contact me at the e-mail address below so I can get it.

Anonymous said...

The "actor" is the man in "Men in Black" who is not white. He was also known as the "Fresh Prince" of Bell aire. I won't say it but feel free to yourself.You know who Im talking about.