Dinner and a Movie With Ed Burns

Oh yes, whenever I get cranky about the daily annoyances of my inbox, there’s the little things that remind me that my life is pretty darn amazing.

Monday night, Ed Burns hosted a small group of bloggers at MEET in New York City for an advance screening of his upcoming film, “Nice Guy Johnny”.

Lets start out by my sharing that Ed (who appears to also go by Edward), are now BFF. We’re friends on twitter, and have even twit-vid’d together. We even co-dined on gourmet popcorn and burgers while watching the movie.

But, I realize chatting about latest fantasy crush (who is ruggedly handsome and yet sexily cerebral) is not appropriate for this post. You are here to read about the MOVIE. Which is actually pretty fabulous.

It’s a story of dreams and the people who do not understand them — of goals that do not necessarily meet the reality others have in mind for you. I’ve been there. I so get it. It’s actually the root behind most of my martining. And in this story, Johnny is engaged to Claire, who has made him make a pretty unfair promise: By the time he’s 25, if he’s not making $50,000 or better, he had to quit his job (which he loves, and is pretty darn cool – he’s a sports talk radio host) and let her rich, controlling father find him a more “appropriate” job. Seriously, there’s cardboard involved.

Everything changes when Johnny goes to NYC and visits Uncle Terry, played by Burns, who is a bit of a rascal, kind of a womanizer, and a little bit of a liar. Obviously, my favorite character in the movie.

Terry insists that Johnny’s life would change if he would have a final fling. Johnny says no. But then things get a little bit gray.

This movie is truly the modern relationship dramedy, a genre Ed Burns excels at — but honestly, the movie is not really about relationships or infidelity or any of that at its core – the real plot is whether to follow through with your promises, or follow your own dreams? Of putting your own happiness before the happiness of someone who claims to love you, and yet does not in any way get what makes your soul sing.

It’s the quintessential question for so many of this, and what makes this a great movie (Check out NiceGuyJohnny.com for where to find it once it’s released Oct 26), and a must-see. Plus, well, Ed is hot. Ain’t that reason enough?


1 Response to “Dinner and a Movie With Ed Burns”

  1. September 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    aah, he’s so dreamy!

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