(Note: The movie quotes below use words that you probably wouldn’t use in front of your grandmother, but can be said on Prime Time TV today without bleeping. Just so you know they are coming…)
“Trust me,” Katniss Everdeen says in the recent big-screen adaptation of the best-selling The Hunger Games. Trust is a basic necessity of everyday living even for teenagers forced into a public game to kill each other. We trust the other drivers on the road to obey certain rules. We trust the restaurant to give us clean, healthy foods. We trust our politicians to make laws and policies in society’s best interests. Frankly, we do a lot of trusting of complete strangers all day long.
In one of my all-time favorite comedies, A Fish Called Wanda, a gang of jewel thieves is also stabbing each other in the back. But to achieve their goal of gaining sole possession of the stolen diamonds, they must continually reassess their trust of one another. For example, when Kevin Kline (in a wonderful Oscar winning role) as Otto and Jamie Lee Curtis as Wanda go to steal the diamonds from the secret hiding place, Wanda is planning on bashing Otto over the head the moment they pull them from the safe. When the jewels aren’t there, she quickly has to alter her plans. Otto’s response to the diamonds having been moved is amusing considering he was in the process of stealing them.
Otto: “Ok… Ok… DISAPPOINTED. Son of a bitch. What do you have to do in this world to make people trust you?”