Werth: I’m just putting the finishing touches on my Quaker Oats tub turned Valentine’s Day Card Box.
Wise: I like your use of red felt, crepe paper and pipe cleaners. Are you planning on spending Valentine’s Day in the second grade?
Werth: No. I just like getting back in touch with those special schoolyard feelings we all had about Valentine’s Day and love in general.
Wise: Do I smell a schoolyard romance edition of Film Gab?
Werth: The smeller’s the feller! Love was in the air—and at no time did it smell as sweet as when we were young, impressionable and trapped in high school. I think the cinematic high school love story that had the biggest impact on my youth was the 1988 cult classic Heathers.
Wise: Bad dessert is such a disappointment.
Wise: Sometimes it’s best to keep the Pellegrino wrapped in brown paper.
Werth: It’s all fun and games until the “stun bullets” that Veronica and J.D. shoot Kurt & Ram with turn out to be real, and Veronica now realizes that J.D.’s sense of social justice might be a tad extreme.
Wise: Now she realizes?
Wise: And there’s plenty, although it’s generally not of the boy meets girl variety. Jason Schwartzman plays Max Fisher, a sophomore at prestigious Rushmore Academy who is so in love with attending high school that he spends more time founding clubs and participating in extracurricular activities than he spends in the classroom. Things begin to change for Max when he strikes up a friendship with Herman Bloom, the father of a pair of thuggish twin classmates. Played by Bill Murray with a droll mournfulness, Herman helps Max to begin to see the world beyond Rushmore.
Werth: Promise me we’ll never let a woman come between us.
Werth: —all to the tune of Rushmore’s charmingly eclectic soundtrack.
Werth: Teenagers and Williamsburg hipsters.
Wise: Alright, Craftmaster! I’ll put a Valentine’s card in your box.
Werth: I knew you would. Join us next week when Film Gab writes more love notes to great movies!