Last night a group of 14 teenagers descended on my house for a sleep-over. Once each semester there is some kind of fun, late night and little sleep gathering at my home. In the spring it was a ROM COM MARATHON. From 9pm to 6am we watched one Romantic Comedy after the other, with the required breaks for lots of food and caffeine. This year we held a Fall Film Fest–oh So Fetch! If you have seen Mean Girls (and I have seen it over 30 times…not by choice!) you will recall that one of the female characters tends to say FETCH too much. And I knew we were going to watch Mean Girls, hence the ‘so Fetch!’
After arrivals, loud noise and lots of snacks, I began hooking up the DVD player so we could watch Mean Girls. We always watch it first. Maybe someone was watching over me, because I could not get a picture on the TV. Then I got a picture, but no color. Sound, no picture. Fuzzy picture and screeching noises. It went on and on. I was putting the Red, White and Yellow into every hole in the back of the TV. The big problem was that there was also a green and blue input on the back of the TV. After about 20 minutes I gave up. Enter a high school sophomore, full of confidence. After 10 minutes, she declared that something was wrong with my TV. Next up, two girls who tried again and again, plugging into the TV, then into the front of the cable box…..such tension in the air. What would we do without Mean Girls?
Eventually I said we should stop trying and I would just find Mean Girls on my On Demand. Nope! Not there! Horrors on the faces of 14 girls. How could such a classic be missing from VOD?! Now what do we pick? A group of these girls are in the theater program at the school and they wanted to watch a musical. I let them choose and suddenly I found myself paying for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Seriously? I couldn’t believe it. That is not my first choice of ‘good old’ musicals, but we watched it. We laughed at the premise, tried to guess when a character was going to break out in song, imitated the high kicks and jumps of the guys and ahhhhhed at the sweet and sappy ending. Next up- break for food before we pick the next movie.
While we were eating and fixing coffee in the kitchen, a late arrival began setting up the Wii. No one told her that we hadn’t been able to use any of the inputs. Suddenly I heard the Wii intro sounds and looked into the room-Color, Sound? YES! Not sure what she did, but it worked! Yes! Wii Danced and Danced! At the end, with lots of girls near exhaustion from dancing so much and laughing, we hooked up the DVD player and put in a movie.
Yes, I watched Mean Girls last night. I found myself saying the lines along with the movie (and every girl in the room). I survived and I must say, the only reason it was tolerable was probably because it was 3am!!
I’m a little sleep deprived, but I’m wondering…..if you had to pick a musical to watch, what would you choose?