Friday, June 17, 2011


I finally saw Jaws. I didn’t intend to see Jaws. In fact, I had no desire to see Jaws, ever. But the boys were interested. And they have an ace up their sleeve—grandparents. The boys and my dad made some kind of deal, and my dad ordered it from Netflix.

When I heard the plan, Cal assured me that it wasn’t about bimbos-in-bikinis-being-bitten. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist the alliteration.) So we watched it last night after my dad and Cal’s birthday party. I’m not sure what my 92 year old grandmother thought of the shark flick, but she probably fell asleep during the movie.

Of course, the shark left something to be desired for people jaded by amazing CGI. But back in the day, I’m sure viewers screamed instead of thinking, “They just need to biff that shark on his rubber nose.”

I have to say I enjoyed it, although maybe not for the reasons that director/writer/producer intended. I loved the leisure suits, the poufy hairdos, the over the top emotional outbursts of the crazed shark hunter. And who doesn’t love Richard Dreyfus’s sarcastic commentary, “I’m not going to talk to this guy ‘cause he’s getting in line to be a hot lunch.”

Speaking of Richard Dreyfus, if you haven’t seen What About Bob?, see it. I can describe it in two words: Death Therapy.


  1. I still can't watch that movie even though it's total cheesy, the music gets me every time.

  2. I still have yet to see it. We were going to watch it once, but we were going to the beach the next week, so we decided to hold off on it. :)

  3. I've seen all the Jaws series of movies. I'll check out the other one you mentioned.

  4. I've seen bits and pieces of Jaws, so it doesn't come across as that scary to me since I've never just seen the whole thing. That and I think the shark is kinda cute? CGI is great and all, but I can appreciate the creativity and craftsmanship of the beasties and effects in old movies. Plus, I love their soundtracks - how the music is a character in itself. :)

  5. I'm still slightly afraid to swim in the pool. Yes, the pool

  6. I'm sorry, but I'm one of those weird people who thinks Jaws is funny, not scary! The Exorcist on the other hand...