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The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: The Long Kiss Goodnight

Submitted by on September 23, 2016 – 9:50 AM7 Comments
New Line Cinema

New Line Cinema

But is it long enough, with commercials?

Today's nomination comes from Charlie, who brings us The Long Kiss Goodnight. I've never seen it (me, browsing its IMDb entry: "Patch Abbott from Everwood is in this?!), so I'll let Chas take it from here.

  • lengthy? 121 minutes, but with TNT commercials considerably longer.
  • familiar/frequent? Seen on the reg through TNT/TBS through most of the early 2000s.
  • classic/award-winner? Uhh, nominated for a Saturn, an Image, and a Young Artist Award?
  • "Greetings, Professor Falken" (big payoff/long-shot victory a la WarGames)? She remembers an entire life that was repressed and then comes out victorious WHILE reconciling her true identity and the life she created out of her cover story. That's a pretty long shot. Plus using a plastic peeing doll to blow stuff up.
  • "Wanna have a catch?" (Pavlovian tear-jerk; anything with dads opens the ducts for this guy)? It's not dads, but I'm crying right now remembering her yelling at her daughter to be tough and not cry.
  • quote-fest? Samuel L. at his quotable best: "When you make assumptions, you make an ass out of me and umption." And pretty much everything out of Brian Cox's mouth.
  • caper-ish or -adjacent camaraderie? Not so much with the capering, but unexpected sudden camaraderie is in full effect between the failure of a private dick and sexy assassin.
  • "forget you, melon farmer" (you own it, but will still watch bowdlerized TV verzh) I own this movie, but I'm pretty sure 90% of the frillion times I've watched it, it was on cable. There is no turning off the TV when TLKG is on.

I use this movie not just to remember the correct lyrics to "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight," but as a key point in any Seven Degrees game as it features David Morse, Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox, and Craig Bierko. If I can't get to someone from those points, I need to hang up my game.

Thanks, Sars! I love this concept and, as always, your words!

Well, now I have to watch this. I do agree that it used to be on cable constantly 10-15 years ago, but does everyone else feel as fondly towards it as Charlie? Or…are you confusing it with The Long Goodbye like I always do? Discuss!

[Update 1/26/17: Not totally sure this has the weight behind it, but people who like it REALLY like it…so let's do it.]

The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame is here. To nominate your own PFM, email bunting at tomatonation dot com with a rundown of the criteria and your argument for why it deserves a cushion. If I use your entry, free loot shall be thine.

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  • Reader Gretchen says:

    I like this movie–Charlie is a badass–I love the "I'm a chef!" scene.

  • Faux McCoy says:

    Love the movie and it is an absolute quote fest. "Mommy, are we gonna die?" "No, sweetie, they are." Gets my vote.

  • M says:

    I watched this movie a lot in the early 2000's. I had a girl crush on Geena Davis and loved Craig Bierko in this.

    Her "I'm a chef!" line still tickles me.

  • attica says:

    Isn't this the flick where GD breaks the gender barrier by insisting somebody Suck [her] Dick? Points for that all by itself.

  • Gillian says:

    Love love love love this movie. I want a franchise centered around Geena Davis' character.

  • Jennifer M. says:

    I love this movie so much. I would watch it anytime, anywhere!

  • Buni says:

    I love this film so much and would SO watch a series version – GD going out and kicking ass all day then being home for dinner and remembering to make cupcakes for the PTA bake sale. LOVE.

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