We’ve all had it, right?
I love this parent-child moment from season 5/episode 6 (“Sleepover”) of Louie. It takes place right after Louie goes to see an intense, dramatic play on Broadway with his adolescent daughter, in which he observes her thumbing her phone during its climax. I just revel in the authenticity of the interaction. Here it is below:
Louie: You know what? Give me your phone.Daughter: What?Louie: Give me your phone. Let me have it.Daughter: Why?Louie: Because enough already.Daughter: What are you talking about?Louis: You know… you’re lucky to live in this city. You’re lucky to get to see stuff like that. You’re lucky to be alive at all.Daughter: So?Louie: Well, so, in the most devastating moment in the play, I look over and you’re texting with your friends. It’s gross.Daughter: I wasn’t texting!Louie: It’s gross. It’s really gross. I saw you! I saw you texting!Daughter: No, you saw me reading about the play.Louie: Wh… How do you appreciate a play and Google it at the same time? That’s no way to live a life. That’s an insult to the actors to do that.Daughter: Because it was a great play and I wanted to know more about it while I was watching it. Do you even know anything about the play?Louie: Ya… it’s…a 1960s thing with a…Daughter: Did you know that this play was banned in Russia and in Israel? Did you know that, after he wrote it, Shelby thought about killing himself? Did you know that he rewrote the ending ’cause he was afraid that it would cause other depressed people to kill themselves? Don’t you wonder what that original ending was?Louie: But you missed the one thing… when the kid said that thing, you missed it!Daughter: No. I didn’t. He said, “I wish I were dead. That’s the truest thing I know.” It was really sad. And it was beautiful. I didn’t cry like you ‘cause I’m not a baby. But just because I can appreciate something on two levels doesn’t mean I don’t deserve to have my phone.PAUSEDaughter: Fine. Take it. I don’t care.Louie: Keep it. Keep it.Daughter: Thanks for bringing me. This was cool.
I’m wondering: Is there a divide between people that “can appreciate something on two levels” and those that cannot?