‘I can't say I have,’ said Johnny, who was not much of a cinema goer.
‘Well’ said Steve. Otoh thought Johnny, there was no mistaking that that well signalled the start of a thought that had been fermenting in Steve's mind for a few days and was ready to be released to the world.
‘Her is all about a guy who falls in love with his computer. With the operating system’s artificial intelligence voice, you know like Siri on the iPhone, it helps him organise his life.’ explained Steve.
‘Sounds lame,’ said Johnny.
‘Looks lame,’ said Steve ‘but even worse, it’s a complete rip off. Do you remember Mannequin?’
‘Mannequin?’ repeated Johnny ‘searching his database but coming up blank.’
Johnny smiled at the use of the word cuckoo. ‘And your point is?’
‘Well they’re insulting our intelligence aren’t they? Just regurgitating the same old shit hoping people won't notice. It wouldn’t be so bad if they were saying it was a remake but to pass it off as something new is just an affront.’
‘I can't help it if I am naturally optimistic can I?’ Steve said without a hint of irony.
Johnny nearly spat his beer out, ‘Yeah that's the one word I associate with you Steve.’
Steve looked mildly hurt at his friend's sarcastic tone.
‘Mind you, what can you expect from the director of Being John Malkovich.’ Steve said regardless of his mate’s teasing.
‘Not a fan?’ Johnny asked instantly regretting it.
‘No!’ said Steve, he was just about to launch into his views on that film when Johnny interrupted him.
‘One more?’ he said holding out his empty glass. Steve nodded and Johnny made his move.
‘Kim Cattrall’ he said as he stood up.
‘What?’ said Steve.
‘That's the woman who played the mannequin. Kim Cattrall’
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