Daily Dialogue — January 14, 2013

January 14th, 2013 by

JACK: We gotta go back.
MILES: What?
JACK: I left my wallet. My credit cards, cash, fucking ID, everything. We gotta go back.
MILES: Big deal. We’ll call right now and cancel your cards.
JACK: You don’t understand. The wedding bands. The wedding bands are in my wallet.
MILES: Okay, so they were in your wallet, and you left your wallet somewhere. Some bar. Christine’ll understand.
JACK: No. She ordered them special. Took her forever to find them. They’ve got this design on them with dolphins and our names engraved in Sanskrit. We’ve got to go back. Christine’ll fucking crucify me.
MILES: No way. No way.
JACK (a pitiful whine): Please, Miles, please.
MILES: Forget it. Your wallet was stolen at a bar. Happens every day.

Jack stares straight ahead, breathing through his mouth as he considers this. Then –

JACK: No, we’ve got to get my wallet! Those rings are irreplaceable! We’ve got to get them, Miles! I fucked up! I know I fucked up, okay? I fucked up. You gotta help me. You gotta help me. Pleeeease!

Jack now descends to a level of wretchedness and desperation that Miles has never seen before in Jack, or in anyone else for that matter.

JACK: Oh, God, please… Oh God. I know I’m bad. I know I did a bad thing. Help me, Miles. Just this one thing, this one last thing. I can’t lose Christine. I can’t. I’m nothing without her. Please, Miles, please… uuuuu… uuuuuu…. uuuuuuu……

No longer able to form words, Jack is reduced to emitting low, primitive sounds. Snot flows from beneath his bandaged nose.

Sideways (2004), screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, based on the novel by Rex Pickett

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is overreacting, suggested by @davidproenza. Today’s suggestion by Teddy Pasternak.

Trivia: This is the first film to win best screenplay from all five “major” critic groups (National Board Of Review, New York, Los Angeles, Brodcast and National Society Critics), the Golden Globes, the WGA and, ultimately, the Academy Awards.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary from Teddy: “Jack’s reaction not only surprises Miles, we’re totally surprised as well since up to this point Jack has not shown any vulnerability whatsoever – he’s been the tough guy with all the answers.”

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