in college, on some saturday night during junior or senior year, i apparently sat down the group of rough-and-tumble guys i ran with and forced the whole lot of them to watch amélie. i only know this because one of the first things mrs. married said upon my meeting her for the first time was (1) thank you for keeping my husband alive and (2) thank you for making him watch amélie.
amélie is an important film to see if you want to be considered a grown-up because...
a. upon seeing it, even if you've never been to paris, you can get a pretty good sense of what being in paris would be like.
b. upon seeing amélie, you will then be able to make references to amélie, which- if you run in hipster circles, francophile circles, artistic circles or university of chicago circles- will lend you street cred.
c. having good vocabulary is key to being a grown-up and amélie is the very definition of "twee." (if you do not know what "twee" is, watch amélie.)
d. movies with subtitles are so grown-up.
did i mention that it's very, very pretty?