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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Two Good Things

I Love You, Beth Cooper is both a high school graduation-night romp and a parody of high school graduation-night romps, and succeeds equally on both counts -- which is a really hard thing to pull off. It's silly and over-the-top and cruel and dirty. It's also hip and smart and current and referency. It has a timeless quality; it does what high school stories should do: make you feel like you're back there. Or glad you're not back there. Or wishing you were because man, do you have some unfinished business. But most importantly, it's funny as hell.

Speaking of the end of high school, a week before my senior prom, I walked into a room at a cast party and found my girlfriend getting a more-than shoulder massage from this pud named Justin who liked to run laps and butcher Tenneesse Williams one-acts. He also liked to fuck my girlfriend, as it turned out, and so I suddenly found myself without a prom date. Because my portion of the limo was already paid for and the regrettable maroon vest already rented, I took a Junior named Gretchen who I'd done a few shows with. I showed her a terrible time that night, as all I did was stare at my ex and the pud.

But anyway, my prom date recovered and has all grownsed up turned into a wonderful jazz singer. This is her gorgeous, spare version of The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize?" and its accompanying super, Super-8 video.

Do You Realize

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Anonymous erin said...

didn't she also grown up and marry a film diretor?

2:56 PM

Blogger stee said...

Yeah. I believe she did, according to Google.

9:24 PM

Blogger Universal Donor said...

Well that is a beautiful cover. I don't like the original so much -- certainly not as much as anything off The Soft Bulletin. But that cover fixes all the things about the original that I didn't like.

Nice prom date, is all I'm saying! When I google my prom date, I get nothing. I don't even know where she lives. (And I know where EVERYBODY lives -- it's like MY THING.)

2:37 PM


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