Monday, March 13, 2017

Memory Schtick

“Excuse me?”
“I was wondering if you could help me. I'm working on a movie review, and I'd like to reference a film, but I forget the name. You see, I'm horrible with names and titles. I can always remember plots, and what certain characters did, but I can't remember who the hell they were, or what the movie was called. You get me?”
“Well that can’t be a good thing in your line of work!”
“Exactly. So I was wondering if I could, you know, describe the movie to you, and then you can tell me what it's called? I know it's a really popular film, I just have a blank spot in my head where the title should be.”
“Sure, sounds like fun. Shoot.”
“Well, there's this guy, and for part of the film he's running. He runs a lot.”
The Running Man?”
“No that's Arnold Schwarzenegger, and he's not in this.”
The Marathon Man?”
“No, that's Dustin Hoffman. And he isn't running for the whole thing. For some of it he's fishing. And playing world class ping pong. And in the army, in Vietnam. It, uh, stars that guy who was in the movie about the dude who's trapped on an island all alone with volleyball—”
“You mean Castaway?”
“Yes! That's it. Castaway. The guy was also in Castaway.”
“Tom Hanks?”
“Yes! Tom Hanks! In this film he plays a guy who's kind of slow, and keeps talking about eating a box of chocolates.”
Forrest Gump?”
“Yes! That's it! Forrest Gump. So in this movie, Tom Hanks plays a dude named Forrest Gump. But what's the title of that film? I’d swear it’s on the tip of my tongue. Hey—where are you going? But we were almost to the . . .”
(Seeing another passerby) “Excuse me?”
“I was wondering if you could help me . . . ?”
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Talk to you later!

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