I watched Juno this past week. And I think that movie rocks, for a lot of different reasons. One thing I really liked was the little speech her dad gives her, towards the end of the movie:
Juno MacGuff: I'm losing my faith in humanity.
Mac MacGuff: Think you can narrow it down for me?
Juno MacGuff: I guess I wonder sometimes if people ever stay together for good.
Mac MacGuff: You mean like couples?
Juno MacGuff: Yeah, like people in love.
Mac MacGuff: Are you having boy troubles? I gotta be honest; I don't much approve of dating in your condition, 'cause well... that's kind of messed up.
Juno MacGuff: Dad, no!
Mac MacGuff: Well, it's kind of skanky. Isn't that what you girls call it? Skanky? Skeevy?
Juno MacGuff: Please stop now.
Mac MacGuff: [persisting] Tore up from the floor up?
Juno MacGuff: Dad, it's not about that. I just need to know if it's possible for two people to stay happy together forever, or at least for a few years.
Mac MacGuff: It's not easy, that's for sure. Now, I may not have the best track record in the world, but I have been with your stepmother for 10 years now and I'm proud to say that we're very happy.
Mac MacGuff: In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person will still think the sun shines out your ass. That's the kind of person that's worth sticking with.
Juno MacGuff: I sort of already have.
Mac MacGuff: Well, of course! You're old D-A-D! You know I'll always be there to love and support you no matter what kind of pickle you're in... Obviously
[nods to her belly]
Juno MacGuff: I need to go out somewhere just for a little while. I don't have any homework and I swear I'll be back by ten.
Mac MacGuff: You were talking about me right?
“find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person will still think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.” Is it just me, or does that sound really great? To find somebody that “thinks the sun shines out your ass”? I mean yeah, it’s simplistic, and obviously there’s gonna be moments in relationships where one or both of the partners don’t particularly like each other, and would rather move on to other things that are less stressful, and easier to deal with, but I really like the advice as it pertains to dating and possibly marrying. Should I ask myself, “Becky? Does this person think the sun shines out your ass?” And obviously you have to have some other standards when considering a relationship. They might think the sun shines out your ass, but what if they’re a complete jerk to everybody else? Or what if you have nothing in common, except that you just like to be around each other? It's at least a good starting point, right?