Mentos Lessons: The DressPosted: July 19, 2013
Gather ’round kids. The school of life is open and our teacher is, once again, Mentos.
We all try to get along with others, don’t we? I’ll admit that I have not been as successful with that as I’d like. Like many of you, I have people who I don’t mix well with. Maybe some of the folks you don’t get along with have become rivals.
An encounter between rivals is the basis for the short film that is up for discussion today.
Roll The Film Please, Larry
The setting of our film is a glamorous event, perhaps the opening of a film. Our heroine, let’s call her Amanda, is having a wonderful time. She’s excited about the evening and knows she’s looking fine.
Six seconds into the story, disaster. Amanda destroys her skirt with the heel of her shoe as she exits the car. This tragedy is not lost on her dark-haired rival, we’ll call her Barb. Barb has arrived before Amanda, is in the right place at the right time, and sees what she thinks is the end of her enemy’s night out.
They say that if a film doesn’t establish the tension between the protagonist and the antagonist in eight seconds, the plot never gets off the ground. Barb delivers a perfect “too bad, sucks to be you” face at the film’s eight second mark. Mission accomplished.
Mission accomplished indeed. Amanda looks defeated. In the midst of an “oh darn” moment, Amanda pauses. The viewer is left to wonder what’s she’s thinking. But then at twelve seconds, Amanda’s face brightens. This is the moment where she remembers that she has great legs.
Amanda pops a Mentos, bends over and goes to work. She starts tearing her dress! Barb is watching and makes the “girlfriend, you have lost it” face. Amanda keeps tearing, transforming her gown into a short dress that is even better than the original design. She throws in another Mentos, looks back over her shoulder at Barb as if to say “I’ve got legs for days, you know it, I know it.”
Amanda struts off with her date. At the twenty-six second mark, Barb beams admiration for her rival and her pluckiness. Amanda returns Barb’s gesture with a radiant smile and by sharing the secret of her success.
The first lesson of all Mentos films is don’t panic. Panic kills. Panic can kill a good time, or just generally kill. Have a Mentos, settle, and consider your options. We all have options, even if we don’t have great legs.
Rivalry is a good thing. I am better at so many things because I’ve been pushed by some top-notch rivals. Rivalry without respect damages all concerned. Barb appeared to revel in the situation Amanda found herself in. Negativity like that takes energy from Barb that could be channeled into her own self-improvement.
Mostly, this film speaks of openness. Be open to solutions in the face of disaster. Be open to learning from someone who you think has nothing to teach you. Be open to friendship.
Or something like that.