Day 07- A movie that makes you happy
My high school BFF (aka D) and I were regulars at the local Blockbuster (RIP). Almost every weekend we would be in the store scouring the shelves for new finds. Usually choices were made based on which hot actor had a starring role. Shallow but what do you want from teenage girls? One Friday night we couldn’t find any new Adam Brody vehicles so we searched the gallery and stumbled across a little Showtime movie called Ratz. It had the best friend from American Dreams in it and the slutty lady from Edward Scissorhands. Interest piqued. It ended up being quite charming and very fun.
The basic premise of the movie is thus: Two slightly unpopular girls (Marcy and Summer) want dates to the big Spring Dance dance but can’t find any desirable boys in their small town. One day they discover a magic ring at the local antique store and accidentally turn a couple of rats into “good looking” boys. It’s good, clean fun and it makes me very happy.
Summer and Marcy are super relatable. They look and talk like real teenagers (or pre-teens)- no Abercrombie and Fitch models here.
More importantly, they are boy crazy. And that is something I could 100% relate to (please see pretty much every post I’ve ever made for evidence). I too wanted a date to my school dance and would have done anything to have my own magic ring. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have turned rats into boys though. Maybe a chipmunk or something that is already cute in animal form.
Speaking of boys: Rod and Tod are adorable. They play air guitar and wrestle in the front lawn and have smelly bedrooms. Plus they are way cuter than Spike and Scooter (the rats that are turned into boys). D and I would always argue over whether Rod or Tod was the cute one.
Weird Doris is the most lovable town weirdo. I want to hang out with her while she wears her ugly multi-colored sweaters and sells doorknobs at her antique shop. It’s even better that she is the one played by Kathy Baker (the slutty lady from Edward Scissorhands).
In a fun turn of events, the magic ring turns Doris into Regina Lee Savage, a popular daytime drama TV star. She speaks with a twangy Southern accent and wears neon clothing with a giant bow. She is fabulous.