When Alex and I started dating, there was a random test he had to pass…
The night we met at a party, I thought Alex was nice and cute (those glasses!), but as we grew closer, I needed to know: would our senses of humor align? Would he get the dumb jokes I thought were comedy gold?
My litmus test, of sorts, was to see if he would like the movie So I Married an Axe Murderer. From the moment I watched it in high school, I loved the 1993 dark comedy, starring Mike Myers and Nancy Travis; and it encapsulates the humor I find funniest. My twin sister and I can still quote it from beginning to end, and sometimes we’ll make fun of a drink at a restaurant (“Excuse me miss, there seems to be a mistake. I believe I ordered the large cappuccino.”) or try zealously to pick up the check (“Negatory. Negatory, good buddy. Ne-ga-to-ry!”) Even just thinking of this scene or that scene makes me laugh out loud. If Alex didn’t like it, would he be able to really get me?
So, on our fifth date, I went over to Alex’s apartment with a bottle of wine and nervously suggested we watch the cult classic. Thankfully, he loved it, laughed throughout, and here we are, 12 years later, with two kids, debating getting a dog.
What about you? Do you have a movie litmus test for your relationships? Or a film you can quote from beginning to end?