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The Point!

4 Nov

My friend Jess has one of my favorite songs posted on her blog (http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/.) The song is “Me and My Arrow” from the movie The Point!  Finding this inspired me to pull out the soundtrack. The Point is also one of my favorite movies of all time and I can’t wait until Ava is old enough to sit through it.  My dad used to have the story/soundtrack on cassette so we would often listen to it when he had to drive us somewhere that required us to be entertained for any length of time.  So when he eventually brought the movie home my sister and I were stoked.  My dad was a cool dude.  And he influenced me a lot when it came to music.  All of the music in the movie was done by the amazing Harry Nilsson, who I still listen to all the time.  And if you have kids, there’s a great moral to this movie and I highly recommend it.  And if you don’t, I still recommend it.  I made my husband watch it in the early days of dating to see how he’d feel about it.  Oh, the strange tests I used to put people through!  You can just pretend that there were no drugs being taken during the making of this movie if you want to.  Or not.  Either way your kids won’t know.

“I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points, and the little branches came to points, and the houses came to point. I thought, ‘Oh! Everything has a point, and if it doesn’t, then there’s a point to it.'” – Harry Nilsson


In a nutshell, the story is about a boy about a boy named Oblio, the only round-headed person in the Pointed Village, where by law everyone and everything had to have a point.  So poor round-headed Oblio has to wear a pointed hat to hide his round  “pointless” head from his pointy-headed peers. Everyone pretty much accepts Oblio until he embarrasses one of the kids in the land who happens to be the son of the evil count. The Count’s son challenges Oblio to a one-on-one game of Triangle Toss (where participants catch the triangle on their heads), which Oblio wins. In a fit of rage, the Count (who wants his son to rule the land one day) confronts the King to reaffirm the law of the land, which states that those who are pointless must be banished from the kingdom and into the Pointless Forest. A jury reluctantly convicts both Oblio and his dog Arrow, forcing the king to banish them.  So the pair head into the Pointless Forest,where they meet creatures like giant bees, a “pointed man” pointing in all directions who proclaims “A point in every direction is the same as no point at all”, a man made of rock, three dancing fat sisters, and the man made out of leaves who helps Oblio see that everyone has a point, though it might not be readily displayed. So actually,  even the Pointless Forest has a point.  So Oblio heads back to the kingdom to tell the King and the people of the land that everything has a point, including the Pointless Forest, and himself. The Count is obviously pissed and pulls off Oblio’s pointed hat, but is taken aback when he sees a point on top of Oblio’s bare head. Upon this revelation, the points of everyone else in the land disappeared, and even the pointed buildings became round. With the exception of Oblio of course. His hat is removed only to discover that while everyone and everything else is becoming round; he has developed a point.

So, I think I’ve made my point by now (I am laughing so hard at this stupid statement.) Watch the movie.

Also, there are different versions with different narrators, but I prefer the Ringo Star the version.

And just because I’m thinking about Harry Nilsson, here is his version of Over the Rainbow.  It’s probably my favorite version.  It once brought tears to my dad’s eyes.  And since that so rarely happens, it has always stuck with me.

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8 Responses to “The Point!”

  1. Jess November 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    Such a good movie, Ava will love it! I think I will make the baby watch it in utero this weekend, it will be sure to get lots of kicks. By the way, if you’re a Harry Nilsson fan, make sure you watch Who is Harry Nilsson and Why is Everyone Talking About Him: http://www.amazon.com/Harry-Nilsson-Everyone-Talking-About/dp/B004670Q3Y. It should still be on netflix instant watch too and it’s so heart-breaking, beautiful and interesting. Nelson and I were both in tears at the end of it. I may need to watch that again too.

    • Mommy Needs A Pinot November 5, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

      I’ve actually seen it. I kind of want to cry just thinking about it!

  2. Thomas November 5, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    “Stoked”, really?

  3. addie November 10, 2011 at 2:57 am #

    Whit, I have always loved “the point” no one ever remembers the movie when I try to explain it. I will have to save this posting for the next time

  4. Chicken Nuggets and Elmo February 2, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    I’ve never heard of this movie! I will have to check it out!

  5. Rachelle February 15, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    Great movie! My fur year old and I watch it daily! He loves it!

    • Rachelle February 15, 2012 at 12:41 am #

      *four

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