The situation is entirely fictional, but it grates on my nerves every year! Every year my husband and I watch the movie "Scrooged" with Bill Murray. Every year one little scene in that movie drives me absolutely NUTS. It's the breakup scene between Frank Cross and Claire Phillips.
Movie synopsis: It's basically a modern (well, 1980s) day version of a Christmas Carol. Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is Scrooge as a TV exec. He's a jaded, bitter jerk. The Ghost of Christmas Past takes him back to the late 1960s where he's been seriously dating Claire Phillips. According to the timeline thingy on the Ghost's cab, they've been seriously dating/living together for at least 2 years. At the point in the scene that makes me crazy, Frank plays a dog in a live action kids program and has apparently been "fighting for the integrity of the show" for a while.
Part that drives me crazy: Frank is on a quick commercial break. Frank's boss, the President of the Network, comes in and tells Frank that he wants Frank and Claire to join him and his secretary (with whom Network Pres. seems to be having an affair) for dinner. It's Christmas Eve. Now, cheating scumbaggery of the pres aside, this is kind of a Really Big Deal and a golden opportunity.
Frank says yes.
Claire comes in. Frank tells her that the President just invited them to dinner. Claire says "Oh no, we can't go, we promised to have dinner with friends." Frank is taken aback and tells her that she can't expect the President of the Network to make plans a month in advance and that they can reschedule with their friends, whom he is sure will understand. This is where he mentions that this is a big opportunity and that he's been fighting for the integrity of his show. Claire claims to not have realized what a big deal this is to Frank. He makes a joke about how he can forgive her once in a while.
Claire promptly breaks up with him.
Frank doesn't really have time to deal with this now as commercial break is over and he has to go back on the air.
Ghost of Christmas Past heckles him for having made the wrong choice.
This entire scene makes me absolutely CRAZY! But maybe it's just me.
First - There is absolutely no indication that they'd been having problems prior to this scene.
Second - She breaks up with him on a commercial break, effectively giving him no opportunity to really address the problem/situation. Yes, he wanders back on stage and waves goodbye, but he's at work, what else was he supposed to do?
Third (and the biggest issue in my mind) - What the heck kind of lousy friends wouldn't understand Frank's situation?
So my question to the e-hellions is this:
If you'd been in Frank's shoes and you were fighting for the integrity of your (admittedly pretty menial) job and the President of your Company invited you to dinner on Christmas Eve, basically offering you a major career opportunity on a golden platter, but you had dinner plans with friends, what would you have done?
If you were Claire and your significant other were offered a golden opportunity like that, but you had plans with friends, what would you do?
If you were the friends in this situation and your good friend called you up and explained aforementioned golden opportunity, how would you reply?
Yes, I understand it's just a movie. But this whole scene just gets right under my skin.