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Playing By Heart


Imagine the script of your life. Sometimes I wish I had one, and some hair, make-up, catering, lighting, oh, and some background music to help me know what’s going on.

I’m feeling very nostalgic. The likely cause, the passing of my friend of almost 30 years.

Last night, I found myself watching Playing By Heart, a 1998 mega-cast movie with mixed reviews. Written off as a romdramedy, Sean Connery, Angelina Jolie, Madeleine Stowe, Ryan Phillippe, Dennis Quaid, Anthony Edwards, Gena Rowlands, etc. make this movie worth it’s sluggish moments.

Also has Jon Stewart as a sexy, but geeky architect romancing Gillian Anderson and despite what he says, I think he was magnificently adequate.

The characters are unequivocally neurotic, but likeable. Their dysfunction is pathologically functional. They hurtle through love, loss, grief, and romance on the wings of their illusion of control. It’s when they accept that they’re just playing by heart, those are the moments, a little corny, but poignant and whimsical. They are us.1kindness6

Refreshing to watch a movie where everyone doesn’t have a cellphone attached to their hands or head, or netpotatoes on laptops and tablets. They talk.


This movie probably wouldn’t be made now – not enough action, or effects, or products in every scene. More about compassion, love, communicating, the simple courage of getting through pain and hard times, and finding solutions. It’s about enjoying other people, and mostly, about hope, even if it’s hidden, it’s still there.



Very me

52 thoughts on “Playing By Heart

      1. I like all kinds of movies, but some work better depending on one’s mood. 🙂
        I’m drinking hot tea so I’m feeling all warm and toasty. 🙂
        Hope your have a wonderful tomorrow! 🙂


      2. Strangely, I knew what you meant. I find books like that too, what you read depends on your mood…then again, all these things can influence your mood too.
        I hope this day is being good to you. 🙂


      1. And strong. She was the scientist who used logic and evidence.

        Anderson played the role perfectly.

        Toward the end of the series the directors had her sobbing every five minutes but in the beginning the character was compelling.


      2. No one else could have played that role with such a irresistible mix of strength, vulnerability, logic and belief.
        Well, she’s been through a lot by that time and I felt like crying watching the last season as well. lol 😉

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  1. Dropping a note, the whole thing about try again tomorrow relates to me right now. I have stopped smoking for over 3 days now. I have been addicted to nicotine for 30 years. My brain is coated in it. So if I screw has to be try again tomorrow…that is my 2 pennies…


    1. First of all, good for you for trying (have to disagree with Yoda on that one, trying is awesome). After 30 years, everyday i a wonder…just keeping going, eventually you brain will wring it out and start fresh. 🙂

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