{film + life} unemployment


Seeking levity amidst the #*!@ news of Sean’s getting laid off Monday morning, we began compiling a list of films to NOT watch in this recently unemployed condition. We listed 12+, though surely there is more. Enjoy!–or not enjoy!–you know what I mean.

Ramona & Beezus (2010). This sweet family comedy ambushed us last time. None of the synopses or trailers mentioned the Dad getting laid-off, in Portland; a man who started with an Art degree… It took all our restraint to not gasp-loudly and run from the theater sobbing.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Mr. Wonka outsources, and Charlie’s dad, too, is replaced. Grandfather, Grandfather, and son live in a shack and subsist cabbage stew. It may be nice, however, to dream of an eccentric wealthy business owner looking to hand over their empire to you.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) If we could make it through the end without falling into a drunken stupor, this might do.

Office Space (1999). Because maybe the firm should have brought in consultants to help with the decision-making. And maybe we shouldn’t watch a film with that kind of conclusion.

Up in the Air (2009). The protagonist fires people for a living; thus the reasons are obvious. –no matter how cathartic our witnessing upset people might be or however life-affirming it may be to see someone like George Clooney get screwed, too.

Hot Fuzz (2007). I suppose Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) was technically relocated, but the idea of having to move to somewhere like Sanford (or NM) for a job is too scary to contemplate.

The Matrix: Reloaded (2003) There’s The Architect, and no one offering pills that wouldn’t land us in worse trouble. Although there is Monica Bellucci as Persephone.

In Good Company (2004), um yeah, let the guy with all the experience and contacts go for someone who will drink the kool-aid for much less money; wait ’til his school loans kick in.

Falling Down (1993), though, I can’t imagine us watching this one ever again. now would not be the time.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) Jason Segel is a favorite of Sean’s, but how many times have we, too, come back from vacation without a job?

Inception (2010), Ellen Page, the brilliant Architecture student; which is depressing year round because out-of-school few Architects get to create such fantastic work. Also: this isn’t all in our heads.

(500) Days of Summer (2009). Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom would be an Architect; true, he isn’t one yet because he hasn’t pursued it (and shouldn’t); also because Sean isn’t married to Zooey Deschanel, but then, neither is Tom.

Which brings me to other films to be avoided because they sorely misrepresent Architects by casting them as the wealthy, trendy, never actually working, oft romantic lead:

The Lake House (2006), Keanu Reeves (not that we would re-watch this). Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Tom Hanks. Playing by Heart (1998), Jon Stewart. Death Wish (1974), Charles Bronson. We’re even robbed of Love Actually (2003), Liam Neeson.

Here’s a list compiled by “architecnophilia”.


{images: 1. Office Space. 2. Hot Fuzz . 3. (500) Days of Summer}

9 Comments Add yours

  1. ibeeeg says:

    Sorry about the news of Sean getting laid off. That royally sucks. I do find nteresting the coping techniques you have put into place – listing movies not to watch.
    I wish you both well with determination, perseverance, and continued coping with unique techniques. You will be in my thoughts.

  2. L says:

    thanks Deanna!

  3. Carl V. says:

    Ah, the Lake House is a favorite of ours. Love the melancholy autumn mood of the film.

    I had a friend who experienced that same thing with Ramona and Beezus. He was thankfully no longer unemployed when he and the family sat down to watch it, on our recommendation, but it through them all for a bit of a loop since they went through about a 6 month unemployment period. We hadn’t even made the connection because he had been employed for about a year when they watched it.

    If it weren’t for the crazy people, and if I could get a good internet connection, I could live in a village like Pegg gets transferred to in Hot Fuzz. Love the countryside.

    I mentioned on Sean’s site but will mention here again that I am very sorry for this situation and you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

    1. L says:

      true, Lake House does capture a nice moodiness. I’d forgotten that.

      R&B is such a sweet fun movie. but wow. thrown.

      Sanford is a quaint village, isn’t it?—sans the crazies. and I hear you about internet connection.;)

      thanks. appreciate you.

  4. tuulenhaiven says:

    So….lame…. Sorry to hear about Sean getting laid off. That is a bummer. I hope something will work out for you guys soon! I was born in NM so I have always WANTED to move back there (might your family have to, or are you just picking on NM?!) Hot Fuzz is a favorite movie. 🙂

    Do you dislike the TV show How I Met Your Mother because of Ted being an architect? Or is that a more realistic representation…?

    1. L says:


      Sean and I both lived in NM separately and then were married there. He grad. w/ his Masters in Arch at UNM. Natalya was born there. There are various reasons while we dislike it, and one in particular that keeps us a way. Most people enjoy it, it does have its draws.

      Love Hot Fuzz. and Sean doesn’t miss a How I Met…episode; in part because of the Arch angle. It just gets frustrating when reality and supposition or media representation comes into conflict (and at our expense…). I think Ted is a so-so representation. real at points, exaggeration at others. I just wonder when he will actually meet their mother…:)

  5. Ah, crap. I don’t know what to say, other than I’ll be praying for Sean’s work situation and everyone’s coping. I wish you all the very best.

    I think I’ve only seen half of those films, but I, too, wondered the same thing tuulenhaiven did: HIMYM. I’ve not watched any of this season, and I’ve felt that the show has been slumped downhill for the last few seasons, but I wondered how accurately Ted played an architect. Thanks for clearing that up.

    All the best, again.

  6. Suey says:

    What? Laid off? Dang. But I love how you’ve found humor in listing these movies and yes, I agree you should stay away from them! Good luck in the coming days. I predict all will be well.

  7. msyingling says:

    And don’t have him read Mill on the Floss. My husband made that mistake– it was just too depressing. Hope that things improve.

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