Friday is movie day at the Goldberg household, and today's selection was Ice Princess, about a Harvard-bound, super-smart girl named Casey who becomes entranced with the sport of figure skating.
As I'm wont to do during just about any movie, I tear up (as in cry) and feel very anxious during the figure skating competition scenes. I'm tense, and holding on tightly to the arms of the chair. All of this from a woman who doesn't follow figure skating and who doesn't even get particularly interested in figure skating during the winter Olympics.
I turn to Chris and say, "I can't believe how much I care and how much I'm invested in Casey winning."
He says, "It's like any great sports movie. It's not about the sport; it's about the people."
It's true. What I respond to isn't the sport, but the passion, the electricity, the push to succeed, the tears, the wins, the losses, the relationships - all those things that make any movie, whether about sports or not, great for me.
(Okay, I have to say it: the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.)
Some other great (people) sports movies that are favorites in our household:
- The Longest Yard (the original with Burt Reynolds)
- Necessary Roughness (with a very, very cute Scott Bakula)
- Major League (before Charlie Sheen got really big)
- Bull Durham (of course)
- Rocky (Yo, Adrian)
And as the Goldbergs are HUGE Philadelphia Eagles' fans, we eagerly await Invincible, coming out August 25.