Daily Dialogue — January 24, 2013

January 24th, 2013 by

Olive: Do you think there’s a Heaven?
Frank: Well, it’s hard to say, Olive. I don’t think anyone knows for sure.
Olive: I know, but what do *you* think?
Frank: Well… um… uh…
Olive: I think there is.
Frank: Think I’ll get in?
Olive: Yeah.
Frank: Promise?
Olive: Yeah.

Little Miss Sunshine (2006), written by Michael Arndt

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is answering children’s questions, suggested by @BillieJeanVK. Today’s suggestion by churnage.

Trivia: Michael Arndt had to quit his job as Matthew Broderick’s assistant to write Little Miss Sunshine.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary from churnage: “After Grandpa’s dead body has been rescued from the hospital and unceremoniously dumped in the back of the van, Olive asks her atheist Uncle Frank a question that triggers this exchange.

Just an incredibly poignant scene. Innocence meets experience, and innocence wins out.

I love how Uncle Frank, an avowed atheist, doesn’t want to tell her what he really thinks because she’s just a child, so he gives her a weaselly adult non-answer — “I don’t think anyone knows for sure.”

But that’s not good enough for Olive. She wants to know what Frank thinks. And as he struggles to come up with another safe adult non-answer, she tells him she thinks.

Then the scene reverses course, with Frank asking the wise Olive a child-like question: “Think I’ll get in?”

Great scene from a great movie.”

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