I am not a big fan of “chick flicks” generally. Romantic comedy is not my USUAL genre of movie enjoyment. (And I like movies!) But there is one HUGE exception, in my list of favorite movies: 1989’s When Harry Met Sally.
This is all the more an anomaly since the movie is such an overt exploration of casual sex, which I do not advocate in the slightest. The plot, the language, the worldview portrayed, not to mention the genre, all make a perfect recipe for me to leave it alone. But the acting is good, and the zingers and one-liners are brilliant… and… and then there is that most perfect comedic scene where Meg Ryan, sitting opposite Billy Crystal in a restaurant surrounded by the anonymous, restaurant-eating public enjoying a fine meal, fakes an orgasm and draws the attention of everyone in the place, then suddenly stops and goes back to eating as if this were normal conversation. And then the lady at the next table tells the waiter, “I’ll have what she’s having!”
I’m sorry for this guilty pleasure, but that is absolutely hilarious, comic genius, and Rob Reiner casts his own mom in the role of the lady delivering this line for the cinematic ages!
The whole scene is just so daring, so jarring, so funny! It’s like nothing else. A moment of cinematic history in a class all by itself!
What starts off looking to all the world like a simple meal shared by two anonymous faces in a crowded restaurant among other faces sharing other meals all among themselves suddenly turns into the MEAL of all meals! The motherload of comedy and laughter, of delight and thrill. And the other diners can’t help but notice. In fact the thrill of THIS meal interrupts their meals, and the lady at the next table daringly expresses her jealousy for THIS meal!
This meal shows up all the others! All these anonymous faces choosing items off the same menu and indulging in the glorified calories for daily sustenance which they pay for and leave a tip for, suddenly realize that over at THAT TABLE, that lady is having a PARTY, a very intimate and glorious PARTY! She is practically naked and unashamed about it. Her meal is getting her SOUL’s NEED MET!!! And the lady at the next table wants in on that!
Does any of this sound like another meal you PARTAKE in?
What about the meal Jesus gives us?
Does he not share it with his Bride? Is not THIS marriage the TRUTH against which all others are pretenders at best??? Does THIS intimate party not cast all the casual sex in the world in the light and show it to be a fools parody of TRUE LOVE?
So why is it that the church reduces this meal to a pinch of cracker, a thimble of grape juice, and a somber moment of quiet reflection? Is that REALLY the meal we eat with the Bridegroom???
Or is something wrong with this picture?
And why, if THIS MEAL is so good, are there not people at the next table, suddenly feeling jealous of us? And why are we not sharing it with THEM?
Think about it.
I don’t know about you, but “I’ll have what she’s having!”
Somebody preach THAT!