March 20 ~  Bury the Lead Romantic Comedies

"And if things had gone differently for me tonight then I probably wouldn't be saying any of this. I grant you everything. But give me this: he personifies everything that you've been fighting against. And I'm in love with you. How do you like that? I buried the lead" ~ James L. Brooks

Broadcast News

Academy Award winners Holly Hunter (1968-) and William Hurt (1950-) were both born on this day. Coincidentally, they starred together as two journalists, Jane and Tom, in the entertaining and intelligent comedy, Broadcast News (1987).

Brilliantly written and directed by James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets), the satirical comedy examines television newscasters in Washington DC -- frantic, driven professionals who are obsessed with the fame and power of television as they try to balance the needs of their personal lives.

"It's hard for me to advise you since you personify something that I truly think is dangerous," Jane tells Tom when they first meet.

Jane is a bright producer; Tom is a good-looking anchor. It's a Journalism Ethics romp as fluff is often more popular than substance and brilliant writing takes a back seat to the facade of beauty.

A memorable scene ends with a network executive asking Jane, "It must be nice to always believe you know better, to always think you're the smartest person in the room."

Jane responds, "No, it's awful."

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