Sara Boero

From “Little Miss Sunshine”

Olive: Why did you want to kill yourself?
Frank: I was very unhappy.
Olive: Why were you unhappy?
Frank: Um, well, there are a lot of reasons. Mainly, though, I fell in love with someone who didn’t love me back.
Olive: Who?
Frank: One of my grad students. I was very much in love with him.
Olive: Him? It was a boy? You fell in love with a boy?
Frank: Yes, I did. Very much so.
Olive: That’s silly.
Frank: You’re right. It was silly. It was very, very silly.
Grandpa: There’s another word for it.
Richard: Dad.
Olive: So, that’s when you tried to kill yourself?
Frank: Well, no. The boy that I was in love with fell in love with another man- Larry Sugarman.
Sheryl: Who’s Larry Sugarman?
Frank: Larry Sugarman is perhaps the second most highly regarded Proust scholar in the U.S.
Richard: Who’s number one?
Frank: That would be me, Rich.
Richard: Really?
Frank: Mm-hmm.
Olive: So that’s when.
Frank: No. What happened was I was a bit upset so I said some things that I shouldn’t have said and I did some things that I shouldn’t have done and subsequently I was fired from my job and forced to move out of my apartment and move into a motel.
Olive: And that’s when you tried to-
Frank: Well, no. Actually, all of that was okay. What happened was two days ago the MacArthur Foundation, in its infinite wisdom awarded a genius grant to Larry Sugarman. And that’s when I-
Grandpa: Decided to check out early.
Frank: Yes. Yes. And I failed at that as well.

From “Little Miss Sunshine”

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