I have no idea why, but today I was thinking about how I knew various wonderful things to do to have an exciting relationship/marriage with my future man. One thing in particular that I recalled, is the trick of buying a guy a shirt, and getting him to try it on when you give it to him. The situation can remain completely innocent, or can turn in a more sultry direction, if you get my drift. As this thought was going through my head, I began to wonder why on Earth I had this idea, that I knew this was a sort of trick, and that I even thought of it as a “trick”.
It suddenly occurred to me that I knew this from a movie. And this isn’t just any movie – this is a Lifetime movie. Suffice it to say that I was totally embarrassed at discovering this fact.
“Really?! You’re getting your relationship tips and tricks from a Lifetime movie?!”
I’m not sure it can get more messed up than that! 😛
Thinking it over, though, I came to realize how much I had enjoyed Lifetime movies growing up. It was a favorite pastime of ours: my two older sisters and I spending lazy days watching the Lifetime channel together. It remains today one of my favorite memories of growing up. (One of many, of course.)
I mentioned all of this to my eldest sister tonight while we were on the phone, and we couldn’t contain our laughter. At first, I couldn’t recall why I had even been thinking about the Lifetime movies. When I suddenly remembered that it was from the t-shirt gift trick, she was practically snorting with delight.
We proceeded to discuss a few of the movies that we remembered most clearly, which I think were also some of the last ones we had all watched together.
One of them, of course, was the one with this t-shirt trick, starring Erica from the soap opera All My Children (it was actually a button-up shirt, and the actress’s name is Susan Lucci). This young guy to whom she gave the shirt eventually bores her, and, when she tries to dump him, he goes kind of psycho on her, eventually meeting this slightly older guy who tries explaining to him that she doesn’t love him – it was just her thing, her most recent fling. “She gave you a shirt, right?” That was the key line from that film, where we realize that she likely had a whole line of poor young guys who had it all start with the shirt gift.
Another was about a writer who was renting out a house from these older people, and the older people got so excited knowing that they might be in her next book, because she always used people around her to inspire the characters of her stories. There was a hot 30-something neighbor next-door, who liked to use her basketball hoop. Beyond that, neither one of us could remember anything about the story, which led us to believe that we might’ve had to leave before we’d watched the whole movie.
The third movie we recalled, – and we recalled this one the best – was one that, at first, my sister did not recall at all. I mentioned that the main lady was someone I knew from maybe another movie or a TV show, and her name was something like Christie, possibly three names (to which my sister responded initially with Anna Nicole Smith), and she seemed a rather largely built woman, but she wasn’t usually very heavy. Although, she was somewhat heavy in this particular movie.
The general outline of the movie was something like that this woman was a foster mother, and she would force her foster daughter to steal things from the store when they went shopping. Early in the movie, when the girl got caught shoplifting, this lady, the foster mother, began yelling at her and throwing a fit and ripping out from her clothes all of the items the girl had stolen, and so the shop did not prosecute. When they get back to their house, we find out that the girl’s actual mother is being kept in the basement, and the girl has to steal stuff so that her mother can have things.
We could not for the life of us remember the name of this actress, though the movie rang a clear bell for my sister as I described it. We figured our best bet was looking up Lifetime movies and scrolling through to find one that sounded right, or that had a picture of this lady actress with it. However, seeing as I was sitting right next to my phone, I went ahead and tried a longshot search.
I typed the following:
lifetime movie girl steals things.for her mom in basement
Believe it or not, the very first search result from Google was the IMDb link to the movie. Neither one of us could quite believe the results of such a search – we were somewhat baffled, even. “Now that’s the Internet for you,” my sister declared.
So, in case you were wondering, the film is called Family Sins, apparently. It was a totally freaky movie, like any Lifetime movie, so totally watch it, but make sure you have your girlfriends or sisters or family with you when you do watch it.
Anyway, that’s all I care to say about all of that for now. Be blessed. 🙂