I am so embarrassed and I owe my husband big time. Long story short, we were just about to go down the path of filing a police report claiming fraudulent activity on our checking account – all because I simply forgot that I RECEIVED THE CHECK, SIGNED THE CHECK AND DEPOSITED SAID CHECK INTO OUR SAVINGS ACCOUNT. And I forgot doing all of that JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO. For those of you who have heard of the term “pregnancy brain,” but doubted its existence, I am here to tell you it is very real and a very painful side-effect for this soon-to-be momma. I mean, I have had my fair share of drunken induced black outs; ceasing to remember a step dancing performance or an entire game of charades – but to literally not be able to remember the sober activities outlined above is very frustrating, and not just a little scary. Makes you think about famous characters in pop culture history who have suffered from memory loss. Mind you, most of those cases can be credited to an amnesia inducing car accident (a typical soap opera story line) or the diabolical plan of a corporation to replace someone’s memories (more on Total Recall in a second). But for all of you who have blamed a missing pet, child or check on this unexplainable phenomena called “pregnancy brain” before, please know – I BELIEVE YOU! Now, onto the pop culture references.
Let’s start with a comedy shall we? Ah Drew. Drew can do no wrong in my eyes. I’ve loved her since E.T., through The Boys on the Side and Mad Love, and beyond. Her rom-com 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler is no exception. You know you have come across this one on TBS once or twice in your life. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. They have waffles. Girl doesn’t remember boy the next day due to her case of car-accident-induced amnesia where every day is the morning before the accident. Boy spends every day reminding girl that they like each other, with the help of the Beach Boys‘ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” OK, OK, you have to suspend disbelief a little bit to accept that if the girl was to wake up 9 months pregnant with no memory of a boyfriend, one might think they had been abducted by aliens but alas, I still love this cute little movie.
Moving onto a drama, I love, love, love the movie Memento. From the genius, confusing mind of Christopher Nolan comes the a tale of another unfortunate soul who suffers from short term memory loss. And I mean really short term, like one second he is in the bathroom holding a bottle of alcohol and the next second he has no idea where he is or why he is holding said bottle. Pretty frustrating when you are trying to track down your wife’s killer (he does remember that happening just nothing since). I love the system he develops to keep the real facts separate from the lies those around him chose to tell on a daily basis – he takes photographs of people and tattoos on his body the things he knows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, are true about his wife’s killer. Everything else that he can’t confirm, he doesn’t believe. Sound confusing? It is. I’ve seen the movie more than once and I can’t remember – ha! – who the bad guy is since there are so many twists and turns. Does make for a very entertaining film though.
OK – back to comedy and a little 80s classic called Overboard. Goldie Hawn plays a rich snob who goes – you guessed it – overboard on her 8,000 foot yacht only to be “rescued” by the handyman Kurt Russell. Once he surmises that she is suffering from amnesia, he quickly whisks her away to his disaster of a home and passes the mess – and the three young boys living in it – off as her responsibility. This is just payback for the way she treated him – a lowly carpenter – back on the boat before the accident. It’s pretty cruel what they put her through but ultimately, she falls in love with her make-shift family.
And finally we come to Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s masterpiece, Total Recall. Oh Arnold, how I miss you in movies. Your acting, your facial expressions – you really knew how to make an action/adventure film. Sharon Stone playing your devoted (is she?) wife; images of a futuristic Mars and the very detailed enactment of what happens sans a space suit. This movie had it all – including a story line about a man who goes in for an implanted memory, only something goes wrong with the memory implantation (you think?) and all of a sudden he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. I hate it when that happens! Anyway it’s pure fun, and you can catch Colin Farrell in the remake this summer.
I could go on and on but for now, tell us which of the memory loss movies discussed above is your favorite.
50 First Dates