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Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures: Man Gradually Works His Way Up From Shakes To Burgers

This was my first favorite movie.

In it, Gib (John Cusack) tries to get the very studious Alison (Daphne Zuniga) to help him with his English paper. This is a ruse, of course, because he thinks she's cute. She knows this. But here, he attempts to stress the importance of her help in saving him from the terrible life that might await him.

Okay, we'll have to have two clips. Here, after she relents and agrees to help with his paper, he interrupts their study session to go exploring on the library roof. Unfortunately, at one point — you'll know it when you see it — he decides to try out a speech his roommate taught him earlier, and it doesn't go too well.

You know, romantic comedies — especially ones aimed at younger audiences — weren't always as bad as they are now. This one, for instance, is still utterly charming, and it was 26 years old on March 1. (That's right. It was 26 years old on March 1.)