dear matt damon & minnie driver,

I should probably let you know the following: I am not an orphan, no one stabbed me, no one put cigarettes out on me (though I do have a hole in an old fleece from a lighter, but I think that was a drunken mishap), and I’ve never dated a medical student.  This last part really pisses me off, since 94% of the reason I went to grad school was to meet a future neurosurgeon that would allow me to reach my full potential of becoming ‘Mr. Mom.’ Yet I digress.

So while I have never been any of the above things, I have been in both of your shoes in the past.  I’ve been ‘Skylar-ed,’ where someone I’ve dated put some intense pressure on me; and I’ve been ‘Will Hunting-ed,’ where someone refused to confront how they really felt (I owe you more of an explanation on this link…bottom line is she claims to have lead me on, I think she just couldn’t deal with her emotions for numerous reasons.  Whether my theory is true or not, it’s waaay easier for me to accept, so we’ll go with that).  I think that is what made you so effective in this scene, Matt, you clearly love Skylar but you refused to admit it.  I might also add that in my Basics of Acting class in college, I nailed this scene as well…to the point where the professor told me after he thought I was actually going to hit my co-actor.  My acting career ended there, I’ve always been told I have a face for radio…there I go digressing again.

Both situations kind of suck, let’s face it, who likes someone applying pressure to a situation…no matter how you feel about someone, that person asking you to give up your life and move to California isn’t that sweet.  But being Skylar is quite a bit more painful, in my book anyway.  It’s one thing to feel strongly about a person, and not have that person feel the same way; but it’s a whole different ballgame when you know that person feels the same, but for one reason or another (you know, like fear of abandonment issues b/c your foster-father used to beat you with a wrench before shipping you off to the next foster home), can’t acknowledge it.

Alright before I write myself into a deep depression, I’ll just let you enjoy the scene you both so wonderfully crafted.



ps – Minnie where the hell have you been the last 13 years?

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7 Responses to “dear matt damon & minnie driver,”

  1. 1 TL
    January 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    The scene is intense. Because all of us have felt those feelings in the middle of the argument. And neither one of them really wanted to break up. But both knew that it was going to happen. Your post today is one that really makes me think about past breakups. And kind of fear future ones…

  2. January 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I haven’t seen this movie in a very long time. That is a great scene, too. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. January 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I’d forgotten how much I hate that kind of scene. This is why I’m totally a chick-flick-happy ending-love conquers all- kind of girl. Damn it, Matt! Can’t you see that Minnie just wants to love you and live happily ever after???

  4. January 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    “My acting career ended there, I’ve always been told I have a face for radio…” Lol!

    I love Minnie Driver in Beautiful. You just want her to win in the same way you want Nancy Botwin to win in seasons 1-3 before she starts sucking as a mom & person.


    -Bianca & The Girls

  5. February 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Everything above about Weeds is true. You know they would have shanked her seven ways to Sunday as soon as she crossed the border.

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