Broadcast News ★★★★★

This film is getting heavier and more real as I get older, and since I’m still only 25, I expect it to properly kill me eventually. 

Jane and Aaron are made for each other, except she doesn’t love him - they have similar brains but the attraction isn’t there for her, which might be one reason why she has crying fits. Her relationship with Aaron is yet another frustrating injustice in her life, after the helpless lowering of standards in journalism, her loneliness as a woman in a male-dominated industry, and the inexorable passing of time. 

Jane’s interest in Tom seemed so baffling to me before but now, I understand the despair that is lying beneath it (getting older means getting more desperate, or less judgmental of your own needs and weaknesses, I guess!). She wants to believe that she’s finally found someone she can love - that is, someone that she’s both attracted to and with whom she shares some values. But Tom is hard to figure out, and hard to believe, in the sense that his way of moving through the world is so mind-boggling. Since he’s all flash and no substance, in addition to being deeply stupid, it can be hard even for Jane to figure out just how dumb he is: maybe he only seems like there’s more to him than his looks, or maybe his ability to appear smart is a form of intelligence, or maybe he is even dumber than she thinks? He’s a confusing man, not without a heart but most certainly without much of a brain, and the mixed signals he sends about himself are misleading for a woman looking for a man to love for both his flash (his attractiveness) AND his substance.

The ending felt forced when I first saw it; now, it’s just as unsatisfactory, but I can better understand (and accept) that it is so by design. It can be very easy to lose people to life.