Warrior Words: Tipping, relationships and wasted talent

I am what some people would call a movie fanatic. In fact, since 10th grade I’ve kept track of all the movies I’ve watched on my phone. I absolutely love movies. There’s nothing like pushing everything to the side and becoming entranced for a couple hours. But, movies offer us so much more than just great entertainment. I, for one, have learned countless lessons from watching all different types of movies. Not only just regular cliché-type lessons, but also interesting points that, frankly, I would never have even acknowledged. So, I’ve decided to share my favorite “educational” movie scenes.

Quentin Tarantino is famous for his dialogues, and in his first big hit, Reservoir Dogs, the thieves have a great conversation about tipping waitresses. Steve Buscemi (Mr. Pink) argues that waitresses are only doing their job, so why should they be tipped? Unless they are exceptionally deserving of a tip, he won’t do it just because society says he has to. He points out that McDonald’s employees also make minimum wage and serve you food but no one tips them, so why are waitresses special? Sure they do you a service, but there are plenty of other professionals who perform services for minimum wage and don’t receive tips. I, for one, always tip because it just seems like the right thing to do, but now I’m rethinking the whole idea.

Next, Chazz Palminteri (Sonny), from A Bronx Tale, and Robin Williams (Sean), from Good Will Hunting, teach us a thing or two about relationships. Mr. Palminteri claims that any girl worth a second date must pass the door test, which goes as follows: Pull up to the curb, get out of the car, and lock both doors. Then, walk your date over and open up the passenger side door for her, and shut it like a gentleman after she sits down. Subsequently, walk behind the car and look in through the rear-view window, and if that girl doesn’t reach over and unlock your door for you, dump her. “If she doesn’t reach over and lift up that button so that you can get in, that means she’s selfish and all you’re seeing is the tip of the iceberg.” On the other hand, Robin Williams teaches us that we are not perfect, and despite what you may think, that girl (or guy) you like isn’t perfect either; but, what matters is that you’re perfect for each other. Any girl that unlocks the door for me, well that means that not only is she selfless, but also loves movies (as she has probably seen A Bronx Tale) just as much as I do. What a good combination.

If you follow Greek mythology, or even if you don’t, you probably know the story of Pandora’s box. Once all the evil had escaped into the world, the last thing left was hope. Some people would consider hope to be the worst of them all, because sometimes people have hope for things that are impossible. But, it is Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne), in my favorite movie of all time The Shawshank Redemption, who teaches us that “hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” Hope most definitely is a good thing, and without it we often have nothing to make ourselves strive for excellence.

Finally, it is Robert De Niro (Lorenzo) in A Bronx Tale who says my favorite quotation of all time: “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” It took a minute to realize, but De Niro is right, I mean, what could be worse than wasted talent?

Will Bruschi is a senior at Wilton High School. He shares this column with four classmates.