Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Holden McNeil says...

'I love you, and not, not in a friendly way, although I think we're great friends, and not in a misplaced affection puppy dog way, although I'm sure that's what you'll call it. I love you, very, very simple, very truly. You are the, the epitomy of everything I have ever looked for in another human being, and I know that you think of me as just a friend, and crossing that line is the furthest thing from an option you would ever consider, but, I had to say it. I just, I can't take this anymore. I can't stand next to you without wanting to hold you, I can 't look into your eyes without feeling that longing you only read about in trashy romance novels, I can't talk to you without wanting to express my love for everything you are. And I know, that this will probably queer our friendship, no pun intended, I had to say it. Cause I've never felt this way before. And I don't care, I like who I am because of it. And if bringing this to light means we can't hang out anymore, then that hurts me. But God I just, I couldn't allow another day to go by without just getting it out there, regardless of the outcome, which, by the look on your face is to be the inevitable...shootdown. And you know, I'll accept that. But I know, I know that some part of you is hesitating for a moment, and if there's a moment of hesitation then that means you feel something too. And all I ask, please, is that you just, you just not dismiss that, and try to dwell in it, for just ten seconds. Alyssa, there isn't another soul on this fucking planet who has ever made me half the person I am when I'm with you, and I would risk this friendship for the chance to take it to the next plateau, because it is there between you and me, you can't deny that. Even if, you know, even if we never talk again after tonight, please know that I am forever changed because of who you are and what you've meant to me, which, while I do appreciate it, I'd never need a painting of birds bought at a diner to remind me of.'

-Holden McNeil (professing his love for his lesbian best friend, played by Ben Affleck, Chasing Amy, written and directed by Kevin Smith, 1997)

Note: While Ben Affleck and Kevin Smith do get their fair share of criticism and downright hate, I still consider this to be a classic speech, both for writing and Affleck's performance of the monologue. I think any romantic-minded guy has the dream of being able to drop the love-bomb on a girl in this style, but no one's ever really that eloquent in real life, are they? Chasing Amy belongs in a 90's time capsule and was the first Kevin Smith film that I really liked, and still one of my favourites (along with Dogma and Red State). A great movie for those who are looking for sex jokes mixed with romance, buddy comedy mixed with chick flick, and sharp and realistic dialogue mixed with hilarious and heart-warming performances by Ben Affleck (who I'll probably never praise on this blog again), Joey Lauren Adams, and Jason Lee.

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