Guy meets girl and they make beautiful music together.
(that's what they call him in the credits!) is Glenn Hansard, an Irish
musician who plays in a (rather obscure) rock group called The Frames,
and who was part of the delightful indie film "The
Commitments" in 1991. But
what a riveting singer he is, even on a street corner or in a piano
store, much less in a music studio.
Girl (that's what they call her in the credits!) is Marketa
Irglova, a Czech who is speaking English in
"You Kill Me":
If Guy meets Girl is unlikely on a street corner, how much more
unlikely in a funeral home? Ben
Kingsley plays Frank, an alcoholic hit man from
"Shrek The Third": Well, for this third installment of the blockbuster animated series, we can assume the unlikely romance of Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and Shrek the Ogre (Mike Myers). After all, they're now married, and she's pregnant. But he's not quite ready to settle down to regal, stiff, and stuffy life in the castle yet; preferring a quick return to his beloved swamp, where he attempts to enlist the reluctant Arthur (Justin Timberlake) to claim his royal place in Camelot, er, Happily Ever After, er Far, Far, Away----well, it's all jumbled up, anyway. So we have the unlikely gathering of Snow White and Cinderella and Pinocchio and The Gingerbread Man and Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs and the Three Blind Mice and Captain Hook and …Merlin the Magician? Well, it's all supposed to be fun, and it is, except when they try to get serious, and preach about the importance of deciding you aren't going to be bad anymore (repentance overcomes depravity?). The animation is for the kids, but the one-liners and inferences are for the adults, and in the end, the handsome but evil Prince Charming is defeated, and no animals are harmed; not even the cartoon ones. Could be a lot worse.
Questions For Discussion:
1) What's the most unlikely romance you've ever witnessed?
2) Should what we do in our professional lives matter to whom we are with in our personal lives?
3) Should AA be considered the only means to overcome alcoholism, or are there other viable choices?
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor, First Presbyterian