This week’s installment of Favorite Scene Friday is brought to you by the delirious psyche of Mr. Charlie Kaufman. As some of you may know, Being John Malkovich got the Criterion upgrade with its release on Blu-ray a couple weeks ago and with that release, a loss of $30.00 hit my checking account. That’s okay though, for such a delightfully, wacky movie, I’d have paid up to $32.00.
The scene I chose today comes at roughly the beginning of the film and I chose it solely because I had no recollection of the scene when I put my hard earned $30.00 to proper use. I laughed out loud, boys and girls, and we all know how wonderful that feeling is, so I thought I’d share it with you. The best part of the scene is the dialogue alone. I venture to admit, had I heard this scene on say, a comedian’s latest album, I’d have felt right at home. Don’t get me wrong, both John Cusack and Orson Bean lend nothing but quality to most scenes they indulge in and their presence certainly isn’t unwelcomed here, it’s just the dialogue hit my funny bone so furiously that a grin didn’t leave my face for the remainder of the 112 minute film.
The entire movie is chock full of hilarious scenes, two of which include ‘ol Lil Miss Tiger Blood himself, Charlie Sheen, but this “Speech Impedimentology” scene was liking watching a homerun off a 3-2 pitch to the first at bat. It’s cheesy, funny, awkward, and serious all at the same time and that just makes it delightful in my book. I hope you kids enjoy the weekend cause I’m damn sure gonna try (Spoiler Alert: I often succeed). Happy Friday and remember, "Flattery will get you everywhere."