We watch movies – a lot of movies. I suppose that it is safe to say that my favorite genre is the romantic comedy. I can’t help it. I am a sucker for a happy ending.
That said, I am compiling a list of movies that should be avoided by those of us who are someone’s second wives. So far, the list includes “Crazy, Stupid Love,” “It’s Complicated,” and the most recent edition “Big Wedding.” Not that I want to ruin the plot for you (stop reading now if you must) but in all of these cases, the lead male character finds himself sleeping with his ex-wife. In most cases, this event is precipitated by the original nuclear family all getting together for a special occasion like a wedding or graduation. Since I am married to a man who thinks it would be great to spend holidays and such with his ex for the sake of the kids, I find these movies pretty hard to stomach.
I am still not sure why two people who failed at marriage sleeping together, despite their current commitments, seems to be such an attractive concept. But I do know that my husband regrets us watching each and every one of those movies. Typically, they remind us of evening (date nights even) that start out with great promise and end with me in tears.
So, take heed – cross those off the “must rent” list. I know we will do our research more thoroughly before we rent our next “romantic comedy.”