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|Written by April Yorke|
|Monday, 31 December 2007 19:00|
Sometimes we wish we could be someone else. Or, if not someone else entirely, at least pick up a characteristic from someone else. We look in the mirror and say, “I wish I could be more [ . . . ].” Fortunately, movies offer a plethora of role models from whom we can pick up scraps of new identities. Whether you want to weave an entirely new person out of these scraps or just a pick up a few qualities is up to you.
You’re: Wishy-washy, a bit of a dreamer, scatterbrained.
When Mr. Blume (Bill Murray) asks Max (Jason Schwartzman) what the secret is, Max has the answer ready for him, “I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then do it for the rest of your life.” For Max, it’s attending Rushmore Academy. He’s involved in an astounding number of clubs, plays two sports, and has his own extension.
Key Quote: "I saved Latin. What did you ever do?"
You’re: Soft, overly sensitive
Daria’s not strictly from movies, although she does have two (this one, and this one) of her own. Even so, no one does above-it-all apathy better than Ms. Morgendorffer. Daria’s peers are exactly the air heads she thinks they are, so she gets through her days by not caring about any of them. She still manages to end up ahead with a best friend, a crush, and, later, a boyfriend. This apathy thing’s got something to it.
Key Quote: "It’s not that I have low self-esteem; I just have low esteem for others."
You’re: Anxious, easily stressed
The great thing about John Hughes’ classic is that it provides the perfect blueprint for being more like Ferris (Matthew Broderick). The whole movie concerns Cameron (Alan Ruck)'s learning to let go and be more like his best friend, without which this picaresque picture wouldn’t have a plot to speak of. As it is, Ferris fakes sick and skips school without a plan or a care in the world. And it all works out for him, just like it he always knew it would.
Key Quote: "A) You can never go too far. B) If I'm gonna get busted, it is not gonna be by a guy like that."
You’re: Harsh, brittle, aloof
There are people out there right now thinking, “What’s the deal with John Cusack? Why are women and 10% of men so crazy about him?” Forget everything else you’ve seen. The answer is Lloyd Dobler. Lloyd decides to go after the brainiest, best looking girl (Ione Skye) in his graduating class, and he gets her. Then, instead of discovering that she’s really shallow and that he’s been secretly in love with his best friend the entire time (who loves him, too, naturally), she turns out to be exactly as wonderful as he believed her to be. When his best friend challenges him to be not a guy but a man, that’s exactly what Lloyd does.
Key Quote: "I am looking for a dare to be great situation."
You’re: in need of not just a scrap but a personality makeover.
If there is one look Kyle Chandler has perfected during his run as Coach Taylor, it’s one wherein he manages to convey that he knows exactly what a team member needs, but he’s not going to give it to him because the boy needs to learn to sink or swim on his own. It’s complicated, just like everything else the Coach does. Coaching football may be his job, but there are times when you suspect that the Coach was put on this earth to shepherd these boys not only into adulthood but also into being better men.
Key Quote: "What the hell, you want a hug or something? Get out of here."