Lorelai’s Video Rentals

LORELAI: Mmkay, I couldn’t make up my mind so I got The Shining and Bringing Up Baby. Now, I know you’re thinking, one’s a movie about a homicidal parent and the other one’s . . . hello.

The Shining, previously discussed.

Bringing Up Baby, a 1938 screwball comedy directed by Howard Hawks and starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. The story is about a palaeontologist who has a series of predicaments with a scatterbrained heiress and her tame leopard, Baby. The film was a box-office flop when it came out, but its reputation improved when it began to be shown regularly on television in the 1950s. Since then, it has received critical acclaim for its zany antics, perfect comic timing, and excellent cast. It’s now considered one of the greatest films ever made.

Lorelai is going to say that The Shining is about a homicidal parent, while Bringing Up Baby is about a “baby” capable of killing its “parents”. By the end of the scene, Lorelai has made up her mind – they are watching The Shining, one of of her favourite films. It’s a possible sign she’s feeling a little homicidal herself, or at least in no mood for a lighthearted comedic romp.

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