Tuesday, February 9, 2010

High School Bullies, Hollywood Style

Recently, while we were at class, one of the guys pretended to threaten us by saying he wanted our lunch money. I told him he would be a better bully if he tried to get everyone's lunch money before lunch, instead of after. I think he should have learned from doing what I have been doing.

I have been watching the 1980 movie My Bodyguard on DVD. No, it is not the Kevin Costner Whitney Houston movie. This story is about a new kid in school that hires a character played by Adam Baldwin to protect him from school bullies that want his protection money and torment him in school.

The film climaxes as the head bully, played by Matt Dillon(best known for dating Cameron Diaz and appearing in many movies, including The Outsiders, There's Something About Mary, Crash and, most recently, the new release Armored), hires another really bad dude to be his bodyguard and fight against Baldwin, the original bodyguard.

The movie also includes Joan Cusack in one of her early roles, appearing as a High School girl named Shelly. Shelly's part in the movie is primarily the following dialogue:

Melvin Moody: Hey, Shelly. Do you want to go to the movies?
Shelley: Sure.
Melvin Moody: Okay, have a good time while you're there.

So, if you are in the mood for gym class and lunch room fights, intimidation in the bathrooms and locker rooms and 1980's sentimentality, be sure to watch My Bodyguard.

Oh, and do you remember the movie Drillbit Taylor starring Owen Wilson that came out a couple of years ago. In it, some boys tormented in High School decide to hire a body guard after putting an ad on the internet and going through a selection process. One of the potential bodyguards they interview is a disgruntled Adam Baldwin, who tells them that hiring a bodyguard is a stupid idea that will never work.

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