Hands-down, that’s gotta be “Sixteen Candles.” John Hughes is just such an amazing director/screenwriter that I could really say any of his movies (Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s) but this one has so many sweet memories tied to it after countless viewings with my bestie. Definitely a film for which I know every single line and I mean, who DOESN’T want to see Jake Ryan give Samantha that “Yeah you” smile in front of that Porsche? There’s a REASON this is a classic, friends :)
PS — Runner up? “Father of the Bride.” I have such a soft spot for that movie. Steve Martin is just so so adorable in it.
2. Let’s say someone wrote a screenplay about you; what actor/actress would you choose to play you and why?
Maybe it’s because she’s someone I’ve been told I look like (if you stretched her out since she’s so tiny!) but I’d love to have Reese Witherspoon in the role. I love her! Maybe Julia Stiles? I’ve been told I resemble her too. OK, seriously, is this a totally narcissistic question or what? Moving on …
3. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in theaters?
“Little Mermaid”! I was six and I remember the idea of going to see a movie as a kid was like, THE biggest deal in the world. Other movies I vividly remember watching on the big screen when I was little? “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Who Framed Rodger Rabbit.” Oh, and I remember trying to convince my friend Ellen in the sixth grade that like, “Hellooo…’Lion King’ was a way way better movie than ‘Forrest Gump’” — pffftt!
4. Did you ever make out at the back of a movie theater in middle school/high school?
(gasp) NEVER! Hand-holding sure, but I would never have done that. I mean, cinephile that I am, I’m actually that person who goes to a theater to see a movie (and will be the one to get all “Oh no she didn’t” when the girl in front of me is sucking on her straw like her life depended on it. Come on lady, THE SLURPY IS GONE.)
5. Are you a Netflix-er, Blockbuster-er or a Redbox-er? (Or none of the above?)
At various points, all of the above. The brilliant thing about Netflix is you can hold on to a movie without any late fees. Nick’s always been the worst at racking those up. I think we still have a movie we never returned to a Hollywood Video in college. Oops!
6. Name one actor/actress who you would give anything to have a dinner date with.
Nick, don’t be mad at me for this one, ‘kay? I promise you if Halle Berry ever offered you a dinner date, I’d let you go. Then grill you when you get home on whether she actually ate anything on her plate ;)
PS — Other celebs I would LOVE to sit down to dinner with? Jon Hamm (we could talk about those Midwestern roots ;) ), Paul Rudd (who I think would be hilarious), Tina Fey (I probably would be in such a state of awe it’d be a total one-sided conversation), Kristin Wiig (I’d no doubt snort water through my nose at some point during dinner) and Jennifer Garner (’cause she just seems sweet and real, you know? I bet she’d blab on all the “real” scoop on Hollywood and as long as she didn’t ask me for my opinion of this movie, we’d be OK)
7. What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?
I watch a lot of arty movies and while most of them work for me, some of them just don’t. Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York was one I couldn’t even make it through on account of that. Also, one too many bad Nicholas Cage movies viewed while in high school means I can no longer watch anything he’s in.
8. Do you sneak snacks into the theater when you go?
Not since that one time in high school I snuck a glass bottle of Snapple into a theater, only to have it roll (LOUDLY) all the way down the rows of seats. Also, it’s poor movie etiquette. I’m reminded of the crass group of teenagers who sat behind me at the midnight showing of “Eclipse” and BROUGHT A BAG OF TORTILLA CHIPS WITH THEM. I think the only way they could have been louder is if it’d been a bag of Sun Chips instead.
9. Movie theater popcorn: love or hate it?
That stuff is SO bad for you, so of course I’m going to say I hate it. (But then tell you I secretly love it and that when my evil twin comes out every now and then to buy it, she even squirts the extra butter on top — darn her!!)
10. What is the all-time best Disney movie in your opinion?
Anything Pixar. But, specifically? “Up.” And, in particular, these four minutes.