The Movie: Where the Boys Are, 1960 (George Wells, screenwriter, from the novel by Glendon Swarthout)
Who says it: Jim Hutton as TV Thompson, a college boy on his way to Fort Lauderdale
The context: TV has just told Tuggle (Paula Prentiss) a long story about why he was hitchhiking instead of driving to Florida.
How to use it: When exaggerating for effect.
Are you, like me, creeped out by Tom Cruise's Very Public Displays of Affection for Katie Holmes? It's not the age difference -- I'm in no position to criticize that -- and it's not the height difference, because at 5'9", Katie Holmes would be limiting her options a lot if she dated only taller men.
It's the frantic publicity of it all. Yes, when you fall in love with someone, you want to talk about that person all the time. You want to hear their name spoken by others, and linked to you. You manipulate conversations to make that happen, and you rearrange your social schedule to make yourself available whenever that person wants to see you. (Or, okay, I do. But it can't just be me.)
But you do NOT go on national television to show off your new significant other like a shiny new toy you just bought at Neiman-Marcus. Do you? (Gosh, maybe I would, and it's just that I've never had the opportunity... hmm. Nope, don't think so.)
Am I missing something here? What happened to the idea that if you gloat too much about something in public, the universe takes it away? (That's just my cultural heritage speaking, but it's Tom Cruise's cultural heritage too.)
My cousin Sheila, watching this spectacle from her West Hollywood bungalow, decided that she could no longer sit idly by -- especially not after she saw Katie Holmes on "Oprah," looking like a deer caught in the headlights.
As another one-time nice Catholic girl from Ohio, Sheila felt compelled to launch a rescue effort, and asks us all to join in the fight. By wearing one of her custom-designed "FREE KATIE" t-shirts, you can show your moral support for a young woman who now appears to be in way, way over her head... even in three-inch heels.