Movies That Reflect Real Life

A couple of weeks ago I was feeling stressed. Pulled every which way with promotion, marketing, deadlines, and juggling three books in three different stages of production.  No businesswoman, I craved to get back to the creative side of being an author. I kept wondering how the famous authors do this, and keep their sanity. Then I figured I didn’t know one writer who was truthfully sane. : ) That was depressing. And yes, I had added myself to the list.

Man holding stack of paperwork with hand on calculator with long

That night, I plopped down in front of the TV and mindlessly switched channels. The movie, As Good as it Gets, was showing. I’m a sucker for Jack Nicholson movies, so although it was a quarter into the story I stayed around to watch. The writer in me hung on many of the great one-liners and I was soon writing them down. It was strangely on topic for my exhausted, depressed, state of mind.

Three of my favorite quotes by Melvin Udall (played by Nicholson) were:

“You’re a disgrace to depression.” 

“I’m drowning here, and you’re describing the water.”

“People who talk in metaphors oughta shampoo my crotch.”

This movie had many sad moments, but the authentic real life ones, the heartwarming ones, far outweighed the depressive. I loved watching this movie and soon found myself laughing out loud. My slightly depressed mood lifted, as I realized how hard some people do have it in life. How many walk around with real issues, emotional, psychological, physical, not just the pity pot ones I was experiencing. When the movie ended I was in a much better mood and had restored my empathy for man and his many issues, my own becoming so less important.  Indeed, I gave depression a bad name. On the real scale of things, I didn’t even come close to be being depressed.

So just like in the final scene of the movie, where the two main characters go looking for warm rolls, I reached for my carbohydrates, and then I went to bed. By morning my energy and good mood were restored. I guess that’s as good as it gets, eh? And that’s good enough for me. So, I’m celebrating!

 Woman Having Birthday at Work


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18 Responses to Movies That Reflect Real Life

  1. I do this, too, Roben. Step away and watch a movie or TV or go for a hike or something, and then I feel much better. It is comforting to know we writers all experience that same overwhelming feeling and that it’s “normal.” Oh, and cupcakes also help. 🙂


    • Robena Grant says:

      Cupcakes! Now there’s an idea, Robin. : 0
      Thanks for stopping by.

      • Mary Stella says:

        Cupcakes are good treatment for many things. I’m confusing my Jack Nicholson movies. Is this the one where he plays the writer with OCD and Helen Hunt is the waitress? If so I love when he tells her that she makes him want to be a better man.

        • Robena says:

          Hi Mary, thanks for stopping in. Yes, that’s the movie, and I adore not only that line but the expression Jack has on his face when he says it. : )

  2. Dee J. says:

    I say whatever works! Since I’m not a Jack fan, he wouldn’t do it for me. LOL. Celebrate your new book into print, Unlock the Truth! Yay you! So happy you get to hold in your hand! What a great feeling! That’ll snap the depression out lickity-split!

    • Robena Grant says:

      So, Dee J. you’re saying no cupcakes, no carbohydrates, just look for something physical to attach to and appreciate. Hmmm? I think I’ll go hug my book. ; )

  3. I loved that movie – thanks for reminding me. Oh, and those lines, abosolutely wonderful.

    Yes, our sturggles with keeping it all together are a drop in the bucket to people suffering from diagnosed depression. Just lifting a finger seems like too much effort to some.

    I do want to suggest that the “big” authors all have assistants. Us small potatoes girls have to wear several different hats. Makes writing time hard to find…like write now, I should be writing!

  4. Sometimes a movie and some carbs hits the right spot. I liked As Good As It Gets, quite a bit, and the writing was excellent.

  5. Skye Hughes says:

    Heck, I read once about just hiring a part-time assistant to go to the post office, pick up your dry cleaning, go to the grocery store, whatever, from time to time or on a regular schedule so you can get your writing/author work done. And you don’t have to find a high-priced assistant, either. Just ask around and get references! Sometimes having even just a couple of tedious tasks taken off our plate can help.

    Good luck! Glad you regained your equanimity!

  6. Just finished reading Marian Keyes latest – The Mystery of Mercy Close. If you don’t know her, she’s one of those who is incredibly funny even while suffering true depression.
    This book was so good. Because while it is engaging and funny and all that is good in a book, she still lets you know what it’s like to be truly depressed. I have been there a few times in my life. Glad I’m not there now.
    I’ll celebrate with you, Robena!

    • Robena Grant says:

      Oh, thanks Judy. I have read some of Marian’s work. That’s good to know because I could use some funny. Been nursing a virus/sinus thing not sure what it is, but wish I could get well.

  7. Julie says:

    It’s all about the perspective! Glad you found something that works. Mine had become baking and biking. 😉

    Oh, and I’m another HUGE fan of Marian Keyes, if you’ve not read her stuff, I recommend it. J3 is correct, it’s some heavy topics, and she does it better than anyone.

  8. Robena Grant says:

    Hi, Julie. Two posts! wow! : ) I’ll definitely check this one out. I need some new material.

  9. londonmabel says:

    I love that movie, esp the friendship with the neighbor. I love unusual friendships in book and film.