Last night on the Season 4 premiere of How I Met Your Mother, we find out that a recently engaged Ted spent the entire summer mooning over his fiancé only to discover that he really doesn’t know anything about Stella.
He doesn’t know the color of her eyes, the foods she is allergic to, her favorite color and most importantly what she thinks of his favorite movie.
In Ted’s quest to determine if Stella really is the woman he can spend the rest of his life with, he stages a movie watching session to determine how she reacts to Star Wars, his all time favorite movie.
Hilarity ensues as he watches her watch the movie. In the end, Stella hates the movie, but tells Ted she loves it and in an ahhhhh moment confesses to Marshall that she’s comfortable with pretending to like Star Wars for the rest of her life if it means she can be with Ted.
But the scene immediately generated a conversation in our household. What movie is so important to you that your significant other must like it if you two are to spend the rest of your lives together?
My husband immediately agreed with the Star Wars choice and added his favorite John Wayne movie, The Searchers – both of which, fortunately, I happen to like.
Then after a moment, he decides that it really is a wonder that he married me because his deal breaker movie is The Christmas Story.
I quickly explain – you know my marriage is on the line here – that I do like that movie. I just don’t feel the need to watch it for 24 hours straight.
My deal breaker is a little harder to define. I know right off that any chick flick is out when talking to a guy. If I go with my sick day movie, the movie I fall back on when I need cheering up or time to zone out, then I’d have to say The Lost Boys.
My husband will never watch the movie as often as I do. And I can’t call it his favorite, but at least he didn’t boo at it.
I guess the morale of the story is that you don’t have to share the same favorite movies, but you do have to at least be able tolerate each other’s favorites.
So then, what movie is a deal breaker for you if your significant other doesn’t like it? (Please say I’m not causing any divorces or break ups by asking this!)