Monday, June 6, 2011

I Found It!

For years I’ve repeatedly asked every video store if they had the movie, “The Four Seasons.” To rent or buy. Their answer is always no. Could they order it for me? No. Not available.

I understood but still didn’t give up looking for the movie. After all it was a 1980s release. I finally found it on Target’s website. Yay! I now have my very own copy of a delightful movie about friendships among three forty-something married couples, a “heartfelt comedy.”

The three couples take vacations together, making their trips in spring, summer, fall and winter. Hence, The Four Seasons. The seasonal settings are beautiful and the breathtaking musical score throughout the movie is by composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), one concerto for each season. But symbolically the movie depicts the seasons of life these six people live; the seasons many experience.  On the front of the DVD cover is this: “Here’s to our friends…and the strength to put up with them.”

The three couples are Alan Alda and Carol Burnett; Rita Moreno and Jack Weston; Sandy Dennis and Len Cariou. All the couples get along well with the other couples and each married couple gets along until…one of the guys leaves his wife. Then their perfect little crowd becomes loose at the hinges. The deserted wife exiles herself into her introverted life of painting still life—vegetables, only vegetables!

Now the third couple becomes the single guy and a younger, curvaceous girlfriend he brings along on their next vacation trip. All the guys go ga-ga over her and the two gals can’t stand to look at her, feeling jealous and also disloyal to their friend, the painter.

All their vacations are basically fun, but they do have their disagreements, especially after the dynamic of the group changes. If you’ve watched any work by these actors you can readily see why the movie is hilarious despite any differences they must work through. “The Four Seasons” reminds us that “friendship is like the seasons—forever changing.”

Do you have friends you love spending time with, but pray for strength to put up with them? If you have friends you are indeed blessed. And if you have life-long friends you are doubly blessed. And if your friends live nearby that’s an immeasurable blessing.

“…that’s what friends should do: cherish the good and pretend not to notice the harmless rest. –Beth Hoffman in Saving CeeCee Honeycutt



Till next time … keep on smiling.

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