Tuesday, May 5, 2009

(Stupid, Stupid Woman!)

Last night I had a million things to do. Pages and pages of things to do.

So I did what any responsible adult would do when they have pages and pages of things to do.

I watched Gone With the Wind. All 4 hours of it. I even watched the intermission. No joke. Did you know Gone With the Wind had an intermission? Well it does, and it's the most romantic intermission I've ever watched. I didn't even get up to go to the bathroom.

Gone With the Wind is not the same as I remember it to be 25 years ago. Scarlett O'hara is a stupid stupid woman now. She's got sass, sure, and she's beautiful. But she's a brat with a capital RAT.

I used to feel sorry for her--poor thing in love with Ashley Wilkes all those years.

Now I just think she's as dumb as a doorknob. How can she not see that Rhett Butler is a total stud muffin.

And that Ashley Wilkes is a wimp. Her big toe could boss him around.

Sure he's noble and he's nice, yada yada, but COME ON, ASHLEY! Grow a spine, dude! Why would you give a tamn about that spoiled, selfish Miss Scarlett when you've got Melanie?

What a class act. (My sister is named after her and rightly so.)

Ain't that just like life? You're dangling like a diva around the neck of your gift horse and all you can do is look it in the mouth.

(Stupid, stupid woman!)


Kristina P. said...

I also haven't watched it in years. I will know to just stay away and watch 4 episodes of America's Next Top Model instead.

Barbaloot said...

I've never seen the movie...and it appears I don't really want to. I hate movies where I get mad at the so-called heroin.

Monica said...

My hubby is named after Ashley, poor guy. We just call him Ash.

Even with my hubby being named after Ashley I must agree that Rhett is the better catch. (sorry honey)

Heidi Ashworth said...

Very clever. (I'm thinking I need to watch it again, too. However, when your DVR is loaded with stuff like The Office and Parks and Recreation and re-runs of Angel, what's a girl to do?)

T said...

can't say as I've ever made it through the whole movie - and now I don't know that I want to if I'll just walk away muttering about a stupid woman...

for that I can just drop by my son's classroom!

Jami said...

One of my favorites. But she is a freaking idiot.

Martha said...

So instead of watching 24 with the rest of the fam for FHE you were up watching GWTW?

I am LoW said...

Aw man, LOVE that book!!!

But yes, don't love Scarlett!

Now I have a hankerin' to see the movie again.

SO said...

I'm going to plead the fifth on whether or not I've actually seen this movie for fear you might revoke my chick card.

Sandi said...

I love me some Rhett Butler :)

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

Me too Sandi, but seriously the best long movie for avoiding life's little inconveinces/work/responsibilities/housework is Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy could kick Rhett Butler's but. Just sayin.

Emily Anne Leyland ( Art-n-Sewl) said...

I LOVE LOVVVVVE that movie. It must be in the genes. Didn't Gram go watch it with Grandpa or something on their first date? I dunno.
Good call watching that :) Oh now I am going to rent it.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Oh my goodness Pat, I DID watch Pride and Prejudice yesterday too! Mr. Darcy Rocks!

Emily I didn't know that about Gram. How cute. We are so related. I wonder if Gram thought Scarlett was a stupid stupid woman?

Lara said...

Scarlett is definitely stupid. But, what a story!

Homer and Queen said...

It is amazing she gets more annoying the older I get! Rhett Is the best, and yes Ashley is a wimp.

She was definitely a frienemy!

Sandi said...

I suffered through Mama Mia many times just to see Mr. Darcy shake his bootay.
I love the way you waste time, crash!

wendy said...

She was stupid!!! I'd be all over Rhett like mint on julep.

Mariko said...

I basically refuse to do work anymore.
I've been home for almost two hours now. I made a smoothie. I did rinse out the cup. Pretty good, right?

Jen said...

Truer words were never spoken - and the book is worse. I was so irritated, frustrated, and depressed after reading all about Scarlett's recurring stupidity for hundreds of pages I could have pitched her over a cliff.

Maybe someday I'll bring myself to read Scarlett. Everyone else is doing it...

Jillybean said...

I haven't seen that movie in years.
You do have to admit that she was rather clever to make a dress out of the drapes.
I can't think about that movie without thinking about Carol Burnette's version. I liked her drapery dress better.

DeNae said...

Have you ever seen the parody Carol Burnett did of "Gone With the Wind"? Funny, funny stuff. When she descends the staircase wearing the curtains AND the curtain rod, and tells Rat Butler that she "saw it hangin' in the window, and just couldn't resist", I nearly piddle myself silly.

But now I need to fire up the old DVD and check out the original's intermission.

And it seems to me that you are almost as good a procrastinator as I am! Well done!

Melanie J said...

Yes, yes, Melanie is awesome.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Hee hee Melanie!

OMGOSH, DeNae and Jillybean. I LOVE YOU GUYS! I totally love that Carol Burnett segment. I thought of it as I was watching last night. I LOVE CAROL BURNETT so much! It brought me years of laughter when I needed it.

High five, Jen. I wonder what the book Scarlett is like. Make sure you post a review when you finish it. :)

Mariko, at first I thought your comment was way random. I was like what the what? But then I realized you make smoothies and I watch movies when we want to be responsible adults.

Sandi, hah ahahah I'm so happy to hear you say you SUFFERED through Mama Mia just to see Mr. Darcy. That story makes me suffer too. But I guess Mr. D would be worth all the pain. After I saw the play I haven't been able to bring myself to watch the movie.

I'm so happy to hear Queenie say Scarlett gets more annoying as you get older. Maybe it's a test of maturity. The more annoying you think Scarlett is, the more mature you are.

Skeet said...

I've never seen Gone with the Wind either. Beauty and the Beast...really more my speed.

Emily said...

No no no- Scarlett is a HERO. I had this same debate when my book club read the book. She does what needs to be done. She gets the money and supports everyone- Ashley, Melanie, her sisters, the people back at Tara. If she had to marry that weenie Frank to do it she got it done. She isn't nice, but she does what needs to be done.She's strong. She's a survivor.

But I agree, Melanie rocks. Ashley is lame lame lame. They all should have kicked him to the curb.

And the end always makes me crazy. I want to smack her in the head and have her see the light. She and Rhett not getting together is so dang frustrating. Don't read Scarlett. That sequel sucked. Margaret Mitchell should have written a sequel before she got run over. Not good planning on her part.

I love love love the book. I think it is even better than the movie so we are going to have to agree to disagree on that.

I think it is always interesting when the hero of the story just isn't a nice or likeable character. There's an essay question for you. Compare and Contrast these characters: Scarlett and Snape. Discuss.

I am LoW said...

I read Scarlett. It's alright. It's worth reading, but it's still just alright.

Isn't there a book out now called Rhett??? I'd like to read that one.

I might agree with Emily.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

I know, I know. She's the hero. PooH! She's the stupidest hero ever. ;) I guess that's what makes her such a compelling character. She does what needs to be done, but she has no heart. She saves Melanie, but not because she wants to or because she cares about her, because she grudgingly promised Ashley she would take care of her. And does she have to Marry Frank to raise the money for Tara? Couldn't she just sleep with him? hee hee

Couldn't she let her sister marry him?

I'm not sure what the comparison contrast is with snape because I only read Harry Potter 1 and 3 and the movies all blend together for me. Is that bad? I'm not a full on lover of Harry Potter. I liked it fine though. Isn't snape the bad guy? Is he also the good guy? The hero?

The reason I think Scarlett is so stupid is because the only character she loves is Ashley. She can't see that Rhett is the best thing for her. He understands her. He can handle her. She's always slapping him and telling him he's a fool and rejecting him because she can't get over Ashley.

I'm kind of glad Rhett didn't give a damn in the end. And Scarlett's reaction is perfectly in character.

I didn't read the book. I better get on that. I'm sure it's better. The movie is fantastic and even my twins got sucked in and chose to watch it with me rather than watch 24 with dad.

So what happens in Scarlett? What does she do after Rhett leaves her? Does she ever grow up?

IWA said...

So as I walked in while it was on but i couldnt figure out what movie it was and instantly got bored with it... but i did watch pride and prejudice while I did math homework and also the night before ... I loved it..and it got me in the mood to read more books!

I love the name Scarlett! and Rhett sounds so sexy!

So the current score: Twilight 23 / Pride& Prejuduce 4! Doesnt that seem so wrong! I love tihs version of Pride and Prejudice... Mr Darcy is so Yummy!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Ha ha Iwa, to clarify for the peeps, Iwa and I have the same edited byu-h channels and both movies were broadcast over our byu-h movie channel, partly because our cable was out most of the day.

I just asked my daughter about Snape and Scarlett and my daughter said "Scarlett is nothing like Snape." She said Snape turns into a good guy at the end because he wants to change and realizes what he did wrong.

Does Miss Scarlett realize in the sequel. I know she realizes she loves Rhett at the very end, but does she put her money where her mouth is in the sequel? That's what I want to know.

Iwa, 23 times!!! Oh, girl. You crack me up. And YES Mr. Darcy is delicious in that version. Have you guys seen becoming Jane? LOVED IT!

Sandi said...

I lied. I really didn't hate Mama Mia, I only said that because I knew how your felt about it. Stinking peer pressure. It is not the best thing ever, but come on....MR. DARCY IS SHAKING HIS BOOTAY!! how bad could it be? I am not a Harry Potter lover either, and that is the truth.
I am glad Rhett didn't give a damn either- Stupid Stupid Scarlett.
p.s. Crash, my hubby is over there this week and I wish sooo bad that I could send him to your house with a Kute Kupkake or something!

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

I love Gone with the Wind. I was going to watch it last weekend since the boys were gone but I stayed up half the night reading The Time Travelers Wife (so good!) I always wanted Scarlet's wardrobe though. That girl could dress. Something about those big huge hoop dresses and the hats. Maybe I was born in the wrong century...
Never liked Melanie (sorry) I always thought she was dullsville. And stuck up actually. Okay, I wonder if I can watch this tonight, it's 8 so I'd be done about midnight...hmmm

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I LOVE this movie! I have it on DVD and make at least one of my kids watch it with me once a year, usually around Christmas. I'm with you on Scarlett, though. The older I get, the stupider she looks.

I am LoW said...

It was so long ago that I don't remember what happened in Scarlett.


I remember liking it b/c it made Gone With the Wind go on longer....

And I remember that the writer just doesn't compare. At all!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Sandi, send you hub over with Kute Kasey and I will give them some caramacs and a shave ice with beans and ice cream and a musubi just for you! I WISH YOU WERE HERE, but I guess your hub will do. ;) Maybe I can find HIM and give HIM some Kute Kupcakes.

And I can't believe you lied about Mama Mia Sandi. How will I ever trust you again. ;)

Andrea, welcome back. I have missed you enormously. I know what you mean about Melanie. Ashley too. Both dull and good. Do the good people always have to be dull? hmmmm?

So guys, guess where I'm going today? My daughter is playing her first state championship tennis match. She is so nervous, poor thing. Keep your fingers crossed for her. I won't be back until late tonight.

Have a nice day!

LY everyone!

Youngblood4ever said...

AMEN! And yes, I did know there was an intermission, and yes, I have watched it too. I love the long girlie movies that I can watch while folding laundry... or not folding laundry. Whatever hits my fancy.

Scarlet is a hag, btw. She is a total hussy, too!

Emily said...

The book Scarlett lost my respect when the author had her and Rhett on a boating expedition and Scarlett was singing sea shantys. Sucks. That's my story and I'm sticking too it. It is a lot like a romance novel. I have blocked it out.

The book out now called Rhett Butlers people is pretty.. ok. It is told from Rhett's point of view.

In the book it explains why the sister couldn't marry Frank- the money would have gone to her, not to support Tara

If you don't read the book you are missing out on my super favorite character of all- Will. He really rocks.

Sorry if I ruined anything by mentioning the whole Snape thing. Forget I said anything. But he doesn't really ever 'turn good'- he is a super jerk the whole time. You just find out his reasoning behing being such a super jerk.

I agree Scarlett is a Brat (capital B) but the lesson learned is you can be a brat and still save the day (no matter what your reasoning)

I am defending Scarlett so much because I totally relate to her. You'll have to ask my sister if I have anything in common with her (no I never stole her beau)and I don't have the thinnest waist in 3 counties. Dang it. But she doesn't know what a good thing she's got until it is too late. I think I'm sometimes like that.

WV says 'shipi'- it agrees that sea shanty singing Scarlett is shipi

Mariko said...

Actually, I rinse out cups when I want to be a responsible adult.
Then I grade 2 papers, and turn on the episode of Castle that I missed (hey, it's about a writer, that's totally English related) and fall asleep half way through.
OH, and I eat some icecream and go to bed.

DeNae said...

OK, I've already commented, but I'm so glad I came back because I'm thoroughly enjoying this discussion! And wasn't it funny that Jillybean and I wrote the same thing just one minute apart??

Actually, the reason I came back was to tell you that Motherboard didn't stop following either one of us. She switched her status on all blogs she follows to "anonymous". I was on the phone with her the other night, and she told me it was because she was feeling pressured to comment on everything. I was supportive and said, "Yes. Duh. Your own blog says so."

That's the kind of pal I am!

And Crash, I think you are one of the most generous bloggers out there. So free with the kind and encouraging words. I actually quit following a blogger once because she was so appallingly narcissistic. But you, you're wonderful. You can drop by and fill my self-esteem well any time you want!!

Hugs, DeNae

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Now I've got to go and watch that movie again. Use to be my all. time. FAVORITE movie. And I actually thought Scarlett was ALWAYS a brat... but it's definitely a love hate sort of thing. Never can decide... and at the end you are so SAD for her, yet she TOTALLY deserves it! :)

And YES that was my HUSBAND that commented on my blog... WHAT THE WHAT?


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April said...

Couldn't do matter how stupid of a woman she is! :)

IWA said...

I watched about 1 hour of Scarlett today... got tired of it again! but I did see the movie before it about the abolition of slavery... it was awesome!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Okay, Youngblood, it's crazy how much we have in common. Everything you do, I do and vice versa.

And Emily, I have to hand it to you and i concede that even annoying self centered spoiled beautiful people are necessary to get things done. She did save Tara, (even though she had to steal her sis' beau to do it and then boss him around and use him for his money and then accuse him of not being man enough to protect her and then drive him to go out and get himself killed.)

But she cried about it right before Rhett gave her that passionate kiss and asked her to marry him.

And I can relate to her too. That's why I think she's so stupid. I too have looked my gift horse in the mouth. I even kung fun panda kicked my gift horse in the mouth a time or two.

High Five Emily. Can't wait to debate you in person this summer.

DeNae, you are a sweetie pie. And a very talented sweetie pie at that. I am so happy you cleared up the Motherboard thing. I really really like her. MAHALO!

April, hee hee I saw your deleted comment in my email. I'll never tell what it said, but hee hee hee hee.

Mariko, you're a NUT! And Iwa I can't believe you got bored by Scarlett and Rhett!!!

Sandi said...

CRAP! Now I know that you see the comments that I mess up on and delete. I did not want to know that.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

hee hee Sandi, the comments that you mess up on are always minimal. You would still get an A in the class.

I bought you a box of Caramacs so tell your hub to come get them. And I'm going to buy you some Tim Tams too.

nevadanista said...

You would think Scarlet would have toned down her pining over Ashley Wilkes when they cast Leslie Howard to play him. Leslie seemed like a fine enough guy, but really pine worthy, ya know?

Emily said...

I was at goodwill yesterday and carried around a copy of Gone With the Wind for a long time with the idea that I was going to buy it and mail it to you as a joke. ha ha, funny. And then I thought, do I really need to carry this around and mail it and spend that money just for something that probably won't even be that funny but I bet you could probably find a copy of GWTW in Hawaii if you really wanted to and I know you probably would have owned it by now and read it if you really wanted to so to cut to the chase, no you will not be getting a copy of GWTW from me.

But I"m glad to debate when I get to HI in August! tell me when and where and what we will discuss. An assignment from the teacher. ha!