Playing By Heart

From Quotes
Love is the extra effort we make in our dealings with those whom we do not like and once you understand that, you understand all. This idea that love overtakes you is nonsense. This is but a polite manifestation of sex. To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny.
Quentin Crisp
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Playing By Heart is a 1998 film by Williard Carroll that tells the the interwoven story of a group of couples as they work their way through their various relationships.


Paul: You know, I never knew what love was until I met your mother. And by then it was too late.

Mildred: I never loved your father. Not for a minute.
Mark: Wow. You're...good at this.
Mildred: I was so relieved when he died.
Mark: Geez Mom, don't hold anything back.

Trent: Have dinner with me.
Meredith: Look, I'm not going to sue you or anything.
Trent: I'm not asking as a pre-emptive strike against litigation, I'm asking--
Meredith: I'll have dinner with you.
Trent: What changed your mind?
Meredeith: Anyone who can say 'pre-emptive strike against litigation' with a straight face deserves a dinner companion.

Paul: What are you thinking?.
Hannah: Hot liquids and facial burns..

Hannah: And you really didn't sleep with her?.
Paul: No..
Hannah: And you didn't want to sleep with her?.
Paul: Good G-d, yes, I did..

Joan: I said you look like a man in need of a coke..

Paul: If I have to wear a tux, she has to wear a bra..

Meredith: They look so perfect together..
Hannah: They look so perfect together..
Paul: Just like we do..

Meredith: This is gonna sound really weird..
Trent: You're worried about Barley, and you want to go back to your place..
Meredeith: Oh my G-d, this is way fucking spooky..

Hugh: I lost my wife and kids..
Allison: Ask the bartender, he can find anything..

Hugh: I should be alone. Alone in hell. That's where I am..

Joan: (on the phone) The lad doesn't say much, and when he does, he finds just the right words to crush my soul. Of course I'm crazy about him..

Joan: She's got her eye on you..
Keenan: Yeah, but it's her good one..

Keenan: That is the ugliest cat I've ever seen..
Joan: She's an angel..
Keenan: She only has one eye..
Joan: Yeah, but it's her good one..

Joan: You should write these kiss-offs down. How to crush a woman's soul in ten words or less. That was ten, wasn't it? (counting) You're-terrific-Sensational-really-but-I'm-not-right-for-you. Yep. Ten..

Gracie: Roger..
Roger: Yeah?.
Gracie: Don't be an angerball..

Meredith - Gillian Anderson.
Trent - Jon Stewart.
Paul - Sean Connery.
Hannah - Gena Rowlands.
Mark - Jay Mohr.
Mildred - Ellen Burnstyn.
Joan - Angelina Jolie.
Keenan - Ryan Phillippe.
Hugh - Dennis Quaid.
Gracie - Madeline Stowe.
Roger - Anthony Edwards.

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