When love comes with a pair of Academy Awards
By Frank Paiva
Special to MSN Movies
It's only natural to compare your romantic relationship to other couples that
seem like they have it all. Gary and Thelma have the nicest lawn on the street,
while your lawn is full of crabgrass. Pamela and Louise always find time to
volunteer for the PTA, while you were so busy at work that you forgot to make
cookies for the bake sale. Mike and David have well-behaved kids who don't
terrorize the neighborhood, while you spent November 1st apologizing profusely
for your child's Halloween shenanigans.
Judgments like these are an illusion, of course. Mike and David are secretly
worried about raising boring children who never get into trouble. Pamela and
Louise feel obligated to do the PTA as the only lesbian mothers in town. Gary
and Thelma didn't travel to Europe because they spent too much money on their
Even couples that have done the near impossible, like each winning an Academy
Award, aren't guaranteed a happy life. A crowded mantle can spell destruction.
There's actually such a thing as "the Oscar curse," a conspiracy theory that
receiving the award ultimately leads to romantic dissolution.
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