Once in awhile,
Right in the middle of an ordinary life,
Love gives us a fairy tale.
~ by Anonymous ~
Yesterday while chatting with two of my friends from school (both women) they started talking about their feelings towards the movie Just Wright which stars Common and Queen Latifah. I haven’t watched the movie but you can read this review. Also from what I gather from the movie it has a cookie cutter story line but it’s still “cute” and the ending is predictable.
Correct me if I’m wrong in the comments section but it goes something like this: Common is on top of the world as a basketball player and his girl (Paula Patton) is his arm candy/fiancée until he gets hurt. Patton who sees her meal ticket running dry dumps him. Queen Latifah gives him the confidence to come back from his injury to play again. Once back in the league Common is back on top of the world and Patton comes back telling him she made a mistake by leaving him. Common takes her back and leaves Queen Latifah high and dry although they have feeling for each other. Common has a sort of epiphany where he realizes the one he truly wants and needs is Queen Latifah, then he makes some sort of grand gesture to show his love for her.
The same type of grand romantic gesture that is littered across black romantic comedies. Hell in most romantic movies period.
This is where my friends asked me why guys why situations like this don’t happen in real life. Why don’t women ever get that fairy tale ending? The example they cited was in Love and Basketball when Sanaa Lathan played Omar Epps one-on-one for his heart and he beat her. He then asked her to play again, “Double or Nothing.” If you don’t remember the scene, here is a cilp:
Remember that quote I put at the beginning of this post? If you don’t scroll back up (don’t worry I’ll wait). Now shit like that doesn’t happen in real life. For a gesture that grand to made there would have to lots of drama and turmoil surrounding a relationship in the first place. I bet all the women’s hearts in the theater skipped a beat during that last scene but they probably failed to realize how much turbulence their relationship endured before it came to the climatic moment. Before women ask themselves why they never experience moments like this they should ask themselves would they be willing to deal with the farce it takes to get to that point.
Let me give you an example of the conversation that would occur if something that happened in Love and Basketball happened in real life:
-Melissa: “Hey girl let me tell you what happened last night with me and Dontrell.”
-Bonquisha: “I thought y’all broke up?!”
-Melissa: “Yeah we did. But despite all that happened between us I know we still love each other, so we got some drinks and went to the pool hall. Do you know what this corny n*99a asked me?”
-Bonquisha: “Ohhhh what he say girl?”
-Melissa: “He gonna talk about, “Can I play you for your heart?”
-(as they both bust out laughing) Bonquisha: “Girl that n*99a is wack, you should just go ahead with James. He’s not on all that romantical stuff.”
Ok, this situation is a little exaggerated but I seriously doubt grand gestures of romanticism go over so well in real life. Trust me I know from personal experience. I would think that women would want a relationship with less drama and a man who wouldn’t have to make grand gestures every once in a while because he showed her how much he loved her everyday. I could be wrong though. How about y’all? Ladies do you want sweeping displays of romanticism from your man? Fellas, are you into fairy tale endings?