Rebecca Eckler is one of Canada's most talked about newspaper columnists, the author of Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother to Be, which has been translated into nine languages. Also the author of the bestsellers, Wiped!, Toddlers Gone Wild, and Rotten Apple, the first in a YA series. Random thoughts on life in the competitive world of modern mommyhood. Blog will be loved by trendy mothers who still feel, or often feel, that the most important word in "mommee" is ME!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

My Movie Buddy

I have a movie buddy. Everyone should have one of these.

A movie buddy is someone, who is a friend, but all you ever do together is see movies. And, I mean, that's ALL we ever do together.

We meet at the theatre, catch up while we're buying tickets and junk food, see the movie, and then catch up a bit more when he drives me home. (If anyone's interested, I had a KFC chicken sandwich, fries, a diet coke and then some glosset peanuts. Yes, I'm one of THOSE annoying people who eat throughout the entire movie.)

My movie buddy's name is Mark. And I only am telling you this because he loves when I mention his name. I thanked him in the acknowledgements of my first book, Knocked Up, and felt so entirely guilty about forgetting to mention him for the second one. But for third book, my movie buddy's name will definitely be included.

Anyway, I haven't seen Mark in ages (being in Calgary and all) But now that I'm back in Toronto, it was definitely time to see Movie Buddy Mark. Because Movie Buddy Mark is the perfect non-date date.

We e-mailed. How about a movie, I wrote....then asked, "What do you want to see."

His response? "We could see that Lohan movie..."

To which I wrote back in response, "OH MY GOD. THAT'S EXACTLY THE MOVIE I WANT TO SEE TOO!!!"

That's the thing about Movie Buddies. They're pretty much the only buddies who are absolutely willing to see anything with you. The worse the movie the better. I honestly could not think of one other person in my life that I could have dragged to "I know who killed me" - even if I offered to pay for the ticket and all the food.

Anyway, we saw the Lohan movie. And it was fucking phenomenal. Well, it was phenomenal it that, "What the hell is going on?" kind of way, and also in that, "Ok, I know this is not a comedy, but I've never laughed so hard in my life" way.

My Movie Buddy and I basically had the greatest evening. All we did was see the movie. And we probably said, um, 50 sentences to each other the entire night. And that's a-okay.

And, get this, the audience was actually quite full. I know! Shocking! But even more shocking was that people clapped at the end of it, and like my Movie Buddy and I, were screaming out, "OSCAR NOMINATON!!!!" at the end. I mean, the entire audience was into how bad this movie was in that "I love this movie because it is so bad" way.

The point is, having a Movie Buddy in your life, one that is eagerly willing to see anything at all with you, is one of the best kind of buddies to have.

I can't wait, in fact, for the next shitty movie to come out. See you then, Mark.


Anonymous Jilly from Alberta said...

This comment is in no way related to your movie buddy, and I know you probably hear this all the time, but yeesh, your books are so entertaining! There are none like them, and I just wanted to say thank you! I just finished "Wiped!" about 2 minutes ago. I can't believe I'm commenting on a famous person's blog! I also can't believe they make Sevens jeans for tots!

5:44 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm jealous. I had a movie buddy but he moved away. We waited in line to see the Star Trek TNG movie "First Contact" at the Uptown in Toronto like 12 years ago. We cheered when Michael Dorn's name appeared in the opening credits & laughed when the Doctor appeared asking that you "please state the nature of the medical emergency". Sniff sniff I miss Dan.

Is Mark gay too?

12:45 PM

Blogger QueenieCarly said...

You're the first person I've ever heard talk about this. I have a movie buddy. All we do is watch movies. Occasionally, we'll grab a drink on the way home, but that's A drink and it's a quick. One of my movie buddy's built in features is that he's HOT. To everyone, including him, he is known as "my hot movie boyfriend." It works out great for everyone. He hasn't mentioned the Lohan movie yet. I'm crossing my fingers that it never comes up.

11:42 PM

Blogger Faisca said...

So, I have to admit, I just started reading “knocked up.” You see, I wasn’t too interested in reading motherhood books, or anything of the sort, until my sister got “knocked up” herself. Of course, her and her husband had been planned this in advanced. Humph, traditionalists. Anyway, I initially picked up your book for my sister, but then I started reading it…is it so wrong that I kept it? I mean, I swear I will give it to her after I am done with it! (Or is that like bootlegging in the print world? Should I not have admitted that to you, the author? Ouch, sorry…hey, at least I am honest!) Well, I have to say from reading your book I get the most wonderful smiles from strangers on the train as I uncontrollably laugh out loud, (and when I say out loud I mean out LOUD), while reading your book riding PT (Public Transportation). Look at you! Your book is a community builder! There, you did your mitzvah for the day. You can rest easy now.
Wow, my short comment became long-winded, typical. Is Mark the “Cute Single Man”? (Give me a break! I am only half way through the book and don’t know the ending with Cute Single Man yet, i.e. if he is simply a thoughtful friend and you keep him around or if he wants to smooch so you give him the boot! The only ending I know for sure is that you came out with a Dictator.)
I hope your day is good!

2:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I wish I had a movie buddy as well, sounds like fun. Although I am totally enamored with my hubby, I simply cannot take him to the movies because he either makes annoying comments or tries to cop a feel like we are still in high school. Your blog has inspired me, I'm going to start searching for a new movie companion today.

1:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your blog and read it whenever I have the chance. I've been looking for a way to contact you through your blog but can't seem to find any so I will comment. I was wondering if you would consider a link exchange??
I write a baby shopping review blog aimed towards Canadians.
babyletsshop @

11:32 PM

Blogger Joanne said...

Okay, where are you? I'm worried that you are "stuck" again.
I read your new book a month ago. Really enjoyed it but I keep thinking about the diaper genie. Why didn't your nanny set it up for you?

9:25 PM

Blogger Haley-O said...

I totally need a movie buddy! I LOVE that!

6:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to learn more about this Mark guy! He sounds amazing. I think you should dedicate a series to him. You could call it "The Man from Chickenville."

More Mark!!

7:18 AM

Anonymous Melissa said...

I have a movie buddy! Well, I did have a movie buddy until I got married and moved away from all my friends. :( We'd meet up, talk in line, watch the movie and then leave seperately. It was great!

I just finished your 2nd book "Whiped" within 3 days. I probably could have read it within 1 day, but I have a 2.5 year old girl. It was hilarious and touching. I love your writing.

I can't wait for your new book!!!

Pickering, Ontario

8:50 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is an update Miss Eckler?

2:27 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you still at the movie?

8:34 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your writing style! You're hilarious!

- C

9:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I adore your writing!!!! :)

You write what all the other mom's are thinking.

12:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

where are you?

2:03 PM

Blogger Devra said...

This is totally Aviva and me! Although seeing Roller Boogie three times was her idea not mine. This is a movie that should only be seen once in a lifetime. True.

5:56 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


I just wanted to tell you that I just finished your book 'Wiped' in 2 days because I could not put it down. I am a mother to a 9 month old, I just moved to Canada from the States, I have a wonderful husband, but no friends yet, and we have no family here. I am a SAHM and doing it all on my own, and about a week ago I thought I was literally going to lose my mind. I wanted to 'check out' for awhile and I felt so 'stuck' and so alone. My husband and I went to Boarders the other night and I went straight for the 'self-help' section and then wondered to the parenting books, hoping to find something that would teach me to be a better mother, and to teach me the secret to being this overjoyous, 'have-it-all together' kind of woman that I think I'm supposed to be. So this is where I found your book. I decided I needed to read something to at least make me laugh, but what I found was a life-saver (literally). All of the thoughts that go through my mind, but I've never confessed to other mothers, you talk about in your book. I FEEL NORMAL!!!!!

So all I can say is 'thank you'. Your honesty is so refreshing and a true blessing. Motherhood is THE HARDEST JOB out there and we should be damn proud for what we do! Again, thank you for this hilariously honest book.

2:53 PM

Anonymous Steph said...

Post! We miss you! Where have you gone?!

6:57 AM


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