The Family Man
written by David Diamond & David Weissman
Jack: We're friends?
Arnie: Talk to me.
Jack: I'm having kind of a bad day.
Arnie: You know, I read somewhere that the suicide rate doubles during the holiday. What am I saying that for? You don't wanna hear that. Come on. (laughing then a long pause) Is it-- Is it trouble at work?
Jack: I don't think so.
Arnie: Well, it's not Kate, is it? (long pause) You see, huh? It's like we're inside each other's heads.
Jack: Kate's my wife.
Arnie: Just keep saying it over and over again, Jack, like a mantra. Keep saying it. (they go outside together) You know, you fit the profile exactly -- in your 30's, house, kids, financial responsibilities. You start thinking, this isn't the life I dreamt about. Where's the romance, you know? Where's the joie de vivre? Suddenly every lingerie ad in the Newark Star-Ledger represents a life that you can't have. All right, sometimes it feels like you gave up the whole world. I know that. But look what you got! Look at that: four bedrooms, two and a half baths, a partially finished basement. And good kids. Look. You know what? You probably don't wanna hear this right now. But remember last summer when I almost had that thing with Arnie Jr.'s speech therapist? You remember what you said to me? You said, "Don't screw up the best thing in your life, just because you're a little unsure of who you are." Okay? (he hugs Jack) Go get 'em, tiger.
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