“Anyway, the peculiar thing is…it’s really a request, you know, a favour. You see, I can’t sleep, Hubbell…it would help me so much if you could…well, if I had someone to talk to. You know, if I had a best friend or something to talk about it with. Only you’re my best friend. Isn’t that dumb? So dumb. You’re the best friend I ever had.”
(This quote gets me every time I see it now.)
It’s extremely well written (kudos to Arthur Laurents, Dalton Trumbo, Francis Ford Coppola and David Rayfiel) and you can’t go wrong when Robert Redford is the leading man. And Barbra Streisand is one of the most talented actresses of all time.
I think the true artistry of this movie is the fact that it’s still relevant today. I mean, I’ve never really had a problem with a communist before nor have I met one, but I can still relate to the storyline. Back in seventh grade, a very good friend of mine confessed to me that he was interested in me. Well, I wasn’t interested and I think it’s wrong to lead anyone on and make them think that there’s a chance in us dating. I went home that day and mentioned him asking me to the school dance and how I wasn’t interested, but my friends thought I was and ruined my entire life to my mom . Funny enough, she said, “Well, whatever. You can’t date a Republican anyway.”
And I laughed. And I kept on laughing until my sides hurt because the comment seemed so out there and ridiculous, but to be honest, I think about that when I’m considering dating someone. I still, to this day, cannot see myself dating a Republican only because I am so passionate about my views that we may end up having a relationship like the one in this wonderful movie and we, too, will grow apart because of our immense differences.