Thursday, March 18, 2010

A star is born . . . ?

So the tall boy will be making his film debut soon -- although I'm sorry to tell you that you will have a hard time finding the movie at your local AMC theaters.

These four high school pals came over to film him for a class project, and proceeded to boss him around our kitchen, with a Flip camera capturing the glamour.

I had a hard time telling what approach the Scorcese wannabes were using, as they directed him to "make a sandwich!" Being the ever-vigilant mom, I asked them if they were speaking in some sort of film school code -- because it sure sounded like "make a sandwich" could go in a lot of different directions, and some of them could get him kicked out of school.

They just looked at me with four pairs of limpid eyes and said, "Oh no! We just want him to make a sandwich!"

"Are we talking PBJ here, or something a little more risque?" was my next question.

"Well -- we will get extra credit if he makes a creative sandwich . . . " answered Sophia Coppola.

After examining all the contents of our refrigerator, he decided to make a Ramen sandwich -- which sounded nasty to me, but cracked the future Golden Globe winners up.

Then the bossy part started: "Get out a pot! Don't waste the water! Get a sponge -- you're making a mess on the stove!"

But they got distracted by Annie the Wonder Cat -- talk about a film star! -- and left the tall boy standing in the kitchen with a package of noodles, still trying to find his character's motivation.

Creative strife broke out between the actor and his directors as they discussed the genre and themes of the film. The tall boy was headed toward some sort of existential approach -- something like "Solitude and the Sandwich -- a Reverie." But it seemed the directors had another vision for the film's message, because the two who were not completely mesmerized by the cat told him, "OK, now dance."

Here is how the tall boy responds to being told to dance. It's the high school equivalent of stomping off to his trailer in a huff, calling for his agent.

The director tapped her foot patiently, thinking she could wait him out.

But she doesn't know from foot-tapping. The tall boy Does. Not. Dance.

Luckily Ramen only takes three minutes to prepare, and the drama subsided as the tall boy began to put the actual sandwich together. The next crisis arose when they said, "OK, now take a bite."

The tall boy howled with laughter. "Do you really expect me to eat a Ramen sandwich?" he choked, and I do not kid when I say these girls were not laughing at all.

"The whole point is that someone has got to eat the sandwich, tall boy." What kind of class are they taking??

"Hello, sunny girl! How about a delicious Ramen sandwich?!"

Hmm . . . . "Not bad!" she said brightly. Annie was skeptical.

I just love the sunny girl -- and now these high school film students do, too!

How 'bout that Ramen sandwich -- with a side of nail polish?!? The Pioneer Woman has nothing on my tall boy!



  1. um, what? I got sidetracked by the cute shoes!

    Funny and delightful! I enjoyed this post very much!

  2. That is one handsome boy you've got! I can see why all the girls chose him to be in their film!

    Ramen sandwich? Don't even mention that to my son, I know he'll want to try it! He'd want me to make it, though, because "Ramen always tastes better when you make it, Mom" (which, of course, translates to "I'm too lazy to make it myself").

    And BTW - I think your blog is waaaaaaaay better than Pioneer Woman!!

  3. Tall Boy has Paul Newman qualities - yes, I see it. And I don't think Paul Newman danced either. These kids are living the life - look at those beautiful faces. Ahh, youth.

    Ok, Liz, re: the linky thing on Twitter. Listen up. See the time right after Posted by Liz in Virginia at 9:30 AM? That's called a permalink. Click on that, ok?

    THEN using your mouse, copy the link that appears in your browser - this one:

    Then go to and paste the loooonng link in the field and click the Shorten button and voila! The link will look slim and trim - like why can't we have a butt bitly?? Really now. I digress. -- Here's the new URL -- click it. You know you want to. It will take you right back here to this post.

    Butt bitly. I'm on to something. Maybe your crew can make a movie about that? Or a "short" film? Ha. Heh. Not funny. Bye. Longest comment of ALL TIME.

  4. Cute kids! When my oldest son was in high school, our house was where everyone would come to make movies for school projects. We kept all of our Halloween costumes out year 'round, so we had all the good stuff. One year, my son was filmed running down the middle of our street in my husband's trench coat, a Beauty and the Beast purple cape, Cat-in-the-Hat hat and a scepter. He was a pimp in the movie. My neighbors are probably still talking about it.

  5. Are we 100% positive that all this wasn't just an excuse to spend some time with a cute boy??? But seriously, Ramen sandwich?? Inspired!

  6. Tell Tall Boy I like the Tom Cruise look in the kitchen - can he slide?

  7. He is very handsome:) Loved the shoes!

    I am so glad I stumbled across your blog:) You have a new follower:)
    I also wanted to invite you to stop by and check out my site for moms.
    It is a small community of moms. Even though it is small it is still a great place:)

  8. Carrie @

    I stopped by to check out your blog--totally love the picture story! My kids are in elementary school so we havent reached the movie-making drama yet. Sounds exciting! Keep up the great work!