For those of you who aren’t familar, Boomerang is a romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy, Halle Berry and a host of other outstanding actors and actresses who, together, made this film one of the best of the 90s. If you haven’t seen it, rent it. It’s still just as funny 20 years later (I feel old) if you can get past Eddie Murphy’s flat top. But, that just might make it even funnier.
I know movies aren’t real, but art is imitation of life. Therefore, if done properly, films like this can inadvertently teach us about life, relationships and love. I’m not sure what sparked this post; it’s not as though I recently saw the movie. Nevertheless, here it goes.
Office Romances, Bad Idea
I’m not sure why so many people still test this theory. I suppose we all want to think
hope that our relationship will be the exception to the rule. But, maybe if you see the numbers, you will understand just how unlikely it is that yours will EVER fall into this category. Being the exception to a rule means 9 times out of 10 (90% of the time), the rule holds true. However, I do realize that you optimists out there will take that 10% chance of finding love at work and run with it. Good luck with that.
Men don’t love Bi*****
Don’t believe that book! Sure, Jacqueline (played by Robin Givens) had Marcus (played by Eddie Murphy) sprung at first, but sweet and supportive Angela (played by Halle Berry) ultimately got the guy, after she slapped him and told him to stay the f*** out of her life, to which some would say she was acting like a b…ok, maybe I’ll re-think this one.
Men Hurt Too
Since women are much more vocal about their emotions, we often only hear their woes. It’s hard to fathom that men, the silent sufferers, have hearts too, and they get broken.
Karma is Truly a Bi***
If there ever was a perfect example of the proverb, ‘you reap what you sow,’ what happened to Marcus in the film is it. He was a player and a womanizer who ended up getting exactly what he deserved. Every dog has his day.
“Love is not some disease you just catch”
This is a direct quote. True love is often confused with “butterflies,” which is ultimately infatuation, but it is so much more than that. However, understanding that most people don’t even know what love is, is probably the bigger lesson to be learned here.
If you love someone, let them go
Although it is mentioned last here, this is one of the most important lessons I learned about love from this film. After Marcus got played by Jacqueline, Angela defended him, consoled him, and helped him reclaim his mojo. However, Marcus was confused. With little prodding, and while in a relationship with Angela, Marcus was unable to resist Jacqueline’s feminine wiles. Realizing that she deserved better, Angela left Marcus after learning of his indiscretions with Jacqueline, but Marcus returned to Angela months later ready and more than willing to be the man she deserved.
Once I started thinking about it, there were a lot of other lessons to be learned from the film. Which ones did I miss? Do you agree?