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The Ultimate Relationship Test: Renting a DVD

posted by Nell Minow

Traveling together. Buying a house. Handling finances. Dealing with in-laws. Raising children. Sex. These are often listed as the primary argument topics for couples — and the arguments most revelatory of underlying relationship issues and problems. It’s time to add debates about DVD rentals to the list, both discussions during the actual rental experience and conversations afterward about the merits of the item selected. A perceptive article in The Movie Blog provides some wise advice, clearly based on experience, to help couples through this minefield. Now, perhaps they can come up with a solution to the “when do you ask for directions” conundrum.
Thanks to Cinematical for bringing my attention to this piece.

  • Christian Toto

    When I first met my wife, she couldn’t pick Robert De Niro, Al Pacino or Robert Duvall out of a lineup. That stung for a movie lover like me. She simply grew up doing silly things like reading books and playing outside, while I spent every waking hour in front of the TV set or movie screen.
    But when we started watching films together, it came to me. She got it. She instinctively knew when a story wasn’t working or if a character wasn’t evolving like he or she could.
    Now, picking out movies is a snap … it’s either my turn or her turn to choose, and we both trust each other’s taste enough not to worry the other will pick a clunker.

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