High School Hijinks

Monday High School Hijinks: “Rewind it, Rewind it!”


Y’know those moments in movies that come on so unexpectedly that you jump and then start screaming “rewind it, rewind it!!”?  Those moments make you laugh, make you cringe, make you squirt your drink out your nose and still you want more… and if you’re with your friends or in a room full of people, you just can’t help but want more!

There were two infamous “rewind it” moments in high school and one “inappropriate ring tone during a movie” moment.

In the 9th grade (first year of high school) I made friends with B (who was my best friend all four years), R and C.  We were kind of like the Three Musketeers only there were four of us, we were way cooler and we didn’t have a cheesy tag-line.  So that summer was B’s birthday and we went to a public pool (where I totally had a Janet Jackson-esque wardrobe malfunction which still embarrasses me to this day) and made it back to B’s for food and a movie.  “Final Destination” (the first and best one) had just come out on video… this was in the days before DVDs took off.  So we’re all really engrossed in this movie and then this happens:

If you’ve seen the movie, you know that’s a really surprising part.  I screamed my head off and jumped about ten feet.  Immediately, R starts laughing her butt off and shouting “Rewind it, rewind it!!!”  Meanwhile I’m screaming back with my hands over my eyes “Noooo!  Don’t rewind it!!”   Of course we watched that scene a few times… as you do.

The next “rewind it” moment came in senior English.  For whatever reason, our teacher had decided that we were going to watch the German subtitled movie “Run Lola Run.”  Now, what educational value this movie possessed, I’m not sure.  All I know is I wasn’t falling asleep or writing notes!!  Anyhow, so in “Run Lola Run”, you’ve got a movie with several different outcomes based on little details throughout the story… sort of like one of those “choose your own adventure” books.  And then, one of the endings happened and everyone around me was shocked.  I don’t have a clip of it, but it was a LOT like the Final Destination scene above.  The room was silent and then I started laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe.  I did ask the teacher to “rewind it, rewind it!” to no avail.  I went out and bought the movie on DVD soon after.  I rewind it myself.

As for the inappropriate ringtone moment… in the same class we were watching the Mel Gibson version of Hamlet which leans heavily on the idea that Hamlet and his mother were lovers.  I can’t find a clip of the specific scene, but there’s one rather salacious moment between Hamlet and his mum.  We’re all staring at the tv thinking “what the hell are we watching” when all of a sudden, C’s cell phone goes off.  Her ringtone?  Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

Oh yes.

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6 thoughts on “Monday High School Hijinks: “Rewind it, Rewind it!”

  1. Hahahaha! Great blog today. Seems like the only good things in high school happened in one class. How sad, if true. Perhaps said teacher was hoping to disrupt the all too expected, linear sequential narrative development with the viewing of RLR? Maybe shift perspectives just a little? Surely you do not think s/he would show a film willy-nilly with nary a thought beforehand as to the hoped for educational outcome? There was precedent for the Gibson staging of the closet scene from a BBC production ten years earlier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNxFydsvY1A&feature=related Here is a cutting that shows Gibson’s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by1W5Z-0LDo

    Looking forward to the next installment!

  2. Its funny how you guys remember my life better than I do! This cracked me up! I miss our adventures! Many more to come, I promise! 🙂

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