Movie Monday: Splendor in the Grass
Sometimes I’m in the mood to simply watch a gut wrenching movie featuring sappy nostalgia, parents who just don’t get it, love that cannot be, girlish tears, and boys that you just wanna sock in the kisser. And when you’ve run out of Jane Austen movies to watch, Splendor in the Grass does just fine.
Natalie Wood’s character, Deanie, was caught up in one of those nightmarish situations where she was told that sexual feelings were wrong and unnatural. And the advice her boyfriend received regarding their relationship wasn’t much better. This movie exemplifies the typical 20th century (and earlier) stigma that women often embraced- that their worth was defined by their ability to please a man and to be loved by him.
It’s a pretty heart breaking story to watch, at times. Especially if you were ever been involved in one of those high school relationships where intense feelings, social conventions, and hopes for a future all collide into a great big mess. Maybe I can relate to Deanie more than I want to admit, and that’s why I love this movie so much.
Of course, Warren Beaty’s character, Bud, has his own box of hangups… but you’ll just have to watch the movie to see the whole thing unfold.