' Cinema Romantico: 5 More Movies That Could Have Ended With Pineapple Express-ish Booth Diner Commentary

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

5 More Movies That Could Have Ended With Pineapple Express-ish Booth Diner Commentary

Recently I was listening to The Solid Verbal College Football podcast (stay with me!!!) and co-host Dan Rubenstein mentioned how he wished to see a circumstance in which a pair of, shall we say, less-than-exalted college football offensive coordinators got together at a diner in a booth after a game to provide a back-and-forth commentary wrapping up all that had come before a la the concluding sequence of David Gordon Green's "Pineapple Express" in which Seth Rogen, James Franco and Danny McBride stuff food in their mouth and reminisce about all the craziness they and we have just experienced. Well this, as it had to, got me to thinking. It got me to thinking about other movies that could have ended with its characters sitting around in a diner in a booth reminiscing about everything that had just occurred.

5 More Movies That Could Have Ended With Pineapple Express-ish Booth Diner Commentary


1. Casablanca. To be fair, Rick Blaine and Capt. Renault are less likely to end up at a diner than a ten cent saloon but nevertheless.....


2. Planes, Trains and Automobiles. It wouldn't have worked in the film, of course, which needed to end when it did, but still...who couldn't go for the actual Thanksgiving dinner sequence and Neal quickly reverting to his initial feelings for Del? "You used my gravy boat for a spittoon?!"


3. Libeled Lady. Screw one scene. I want two scenes. I want five scenes. I want twenty-five scenes! I want a FIFTY-TWO PART SERIES of William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy and, of course, her eminence, the incomparable, majestical Jean Harlow sitting around in a diner exchanging wisecracks.


4. Die Hard. I'd never considered it before, and "Die Hard" is still a quintessential part of the action movie canon, but I suspect we were stone cold robbed out of a sequence in which John McClane, Sgt. Al Powell and Holly Gennaro got together for coffee and conversation. (And maybe Argyle could drop by midway through.)


5. The Impostors. A diner couldn't contain this ensemble. Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt and Lili Taylor and Campbell Scott and Alfred Molina and Steve Buscemi and Hope Davis.....(whew...catching my breath)......and Richard Jenkins and Allison Janney and Isabella Rossellini and Billy Connolly and Tony Shalhoub. We'd just rent out Flanagan's Cocktails & Dreams and have it be a whole soiree.

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