“Urgent like a mother f*cker”

So I usually don’t plug movies on here. I ‘m not a spokesmodel and I don’t get paid for it, so what’s the point? I have to love something before I’ll tell others they have to have, see or listen to it. But I just got an email from Mr. Conversation with the trailer the movie for our movie date. The trailer was for Be Kind, Rewind it was a flick with Jack Black and Mos Def. Quick summary: 2guys own a video store. The videos get erased and so they recreate the bootleg to sell versions of movies like Ghostbusters and Driving Miss Daisy. The idea seemed fun and fresh and amusing.

I read further in the message and see that there’s a Play Date tonight and there will be an opportunity for guests to make their own scenes from their favorite films. I pause. I think. LOVE JONES!!

Immediately I forward the invite to all my friends telling them that they have to go to this party so we can recreate our favorite scenes. I cast myself as Nina (“Falling in love… that shit is played out like an eight track”), and then assign the other roles based on the personalities that match the characters.

Brasen as Darius: “This here, right now, at this very moment is all that matters to me. I love you. That’s urgent like a motherfucker.”

Don.Q’ as Wood: “I believe in that shit like flowers, candy. Just not every day.”

Kewon as Savon: “Falling in love ain’t shit. Somebody please tell me how to stay there.. Do I love my wife? Hell yes. Is she here? Hell no.”

Cheryl as Shelia: “Oh, nigga, I got your progressive.”

Ariel and Merial will have to duke it out for Josie (both like wearing big hair.) Merial decides she’ll get a blow dryer and play Troy (”Don’t wait by the phone, Negro!”) Leaving Ariel to ask, “Played out like an eight track? You did say that didn’t you?”

In a flurry of e-mails we start quoting our favorite lines, regardless of character:

Darius: “Romance is about the possibility of the thang. You see, it’s about the time between when you first meet some fine ass woman and when you first make love to her. And when you first ask a woman to marry you and when she says ‘I do.’ When people who have been together a long time say that the romance is gone.. Mmm-mmm, what they really saying is they’ve exhausted the possibilities.”

Savon: “You asking me if I married my soulmate? It depends on what day you ask.”

Ed: “Romance is dead they said while cheating at pool. But the very last frame of this nine ball game, the cat who had the date on the top of the Empire State is the one who got hustled like a fool.”

Nina: Ah, persistence.
Darius: You’d be surprised about how far it can get you.

Wood: “I can’t help it if I’m the Chosen One.”

Nina: It was like his dick just… talked to me.
Josie: What’d it say?
Nina: Ni-na!
Josie: Damnnnn. Day-ummmmmn

Marvin: “I’m going out for some motherfucking Toasted Oats. You’re trippin.”

Darius: “You and I both know you don’t want to be out here this late stomping up and down like somebody done stole your fucking bike.”

Darius: “Saving something for later? Baby you ain’t got to save mine for later. I’d rather have it right now anyway.”

In a rare emotional admission, my friend Brasen aka Mr. Conversation that this movie had a profound effect on his life: “Ya’ll don’t understand. This movie came out and was the source of 99.9% of my inspiration when I was trying to holler.

I think we all kinda felt that way when we saw it. How often –before or since– have you gotten a cast of Black characters in a contemporary drama that acted, thought, and looked like you and your crew (or at least how we hoped to be in 10 years. I was 17 or 18 when it came out)? One that so aptly portrayed two people who were so feeling each other but let themselves and their egos get in the way (isn’t that most people’s biggest problem? And why it is sooo hard to get out of your own way?)

The movie has its flaws (why did a high-paid Negro offer her a train ride to New York? That ish is 8 hours and the same price as flying); Nina gives a new address at the record store, but she’s house sitting. Her apt (and Darius’) change without notice or explanation midway through the movie. And did anyone get her poem at the end? (50 viewings and counting. I’m still baffled.)

Despite any of that, on my first and only trip to Boule for business, I extended my stay by two days, mostly so I could run around the city and visit all the landmarks in the movie. I was positively giddy in Grant Park walking to Buckingham Fountain. And I also started drinking white wine because Nina looked so sophisticated holding her glass in the “set scene.” It’s also the reason I learned how to step (DC style, not Chicago) and wear “bloomers.” (Go watch the movie if you don’t get that last one.)

Hands down, it’s one of the greatest films of all time, and it happens to be Black. It gets even better when I start picturing my friends acting it out.

I can’t wait for this Play Date!

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6 responses to ““Urgent like a mother f*cker”

  1. i heard about this party…..im upset i cannot be there though…i soooooo wanna go….. event sounds like too much fun. ironically i have love jones in my work bag for a special night with some wine. so….i might be writing my own.

  2. first im jealous i dont get to go to this party…this type of party is what dc needs….anyway…this movie came out my freshman year of college and became the basis of how i saw and still see love…I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS MOVIE and there are very few people i kno that love it like i do…maybe i am wrong….have fun for me…

    BTW, i can break down that last poem by nina if u need me too…

  3. Damn Camron…can I get an invite? Don’t be too quick to netflix “Be Kind Rewind”, Michel Gondry is no slouch. Anyway for those of us who aren’t cool enough to go to movie parties I vote yes for posting your version of “Love Jones”. It sounds like it would be a blast to watch!

  4. This is my first time checking out your blog and I come up on THIS post! Yes! I LOVE LoveJones!

    The quotes, who doesn’t know them all? My personal fave is “I’m going out for some motherfuckin toasted oats.” You put that in there and I said to myself “alright, she’s on point.”

    🙂

  5. awwwww, Cam! you’re my favorite! i just adore your gift for writing the stuff i (and others) am already thinking (or would think)!

    i have been reading your blog for months and this is my first comment. the LOVE JONES quotes just put you over the top for my favorite way to procrastinate at work… EVER! 🙂 i absolute adore LOVE JONES! it has inspired the way i feel about love from the very first time i watched it (as a teenager).

    btw jason: who are your people and why aren’t they loving love jones?!! 😦 my peeps universally agree on our undying love of this film.

    i say make this event national! a “remake your favorite scene from love jones” contest is what the world needs!

    p.s. are they going to do this party in Raleigh too, cuz, i’d love to crash it! 🙂

  6. I sooo got that poem at the end…it made me cry, probably had a lot to do with me being in love then lol

    Great blog!! =) This is my first time commenting…

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