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Mr. DeedsIt's hot out here on the East Coast right now. Or as Matthew Broderick said in 'Biloxi Blues,' it's like, Africa hot. Tarzan couldn't take this kind of hot.

As I sit on my couch, desperately waiting for the air from my air conditioner to waft across the room to me, I'm reminded of one summer, years ago -- July 4th weekend of 2002, to be exact.

It was sweltering, and back then, I didn't have air conditioning at all. The day before, a new friend (I'll call her A) and I had made tentative plans to hang out; and as the weekend hit and the temperature rose, we decided, let's go see a movie. What movie? Oh, it didn't really matter. All that mattered is that for the cost of a ticket, we'd get to spend two glorious hours in air-conditioned comfort. Mr. DeedsIt's hot out here on the East Coast right now. Or as Matthew Broderick said in 'Biloxi Blues,' it's like, Africa hot. Tarzan couldn't take this kind of hot.

As I sit on my couch, desperately waiting for the air from my air conditioner to waft across the room to me, I'm reminded of one summer, years ago -- July 4th weekend of 2002, to be exact.

It was sweltering, and back then, I didn't have air conditioning at all. The day before, a new friend (I'll call her A) and I had made tentative plans to hang out; and as the weekend hit and the temperature rose, we decided, let's go see a movie. What movie? Oh, it didn't really matter. All that mattered is that for the cost of a ticket, we'd get to spend two glorious hours in air-conditioned comfort.

The catch was, A had been in contact with two other friends of hers, who also thought going to a movie sounded like a great idea. Since she and I didn't care what we saw, they got to pick the movie. And what they picked was 'Mr. Deeds,' that broadly drawn Adam Sandler remake of the Frank Capra classic 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.'

Now, maybe I'm just not a fan of Adam Sandler movies, or maybe I think Winona Ryder peaked with 'Heathers.' Or maybe the weather had put me in a bad mood ... but I just wasn't feeling the movie. At all. AT ALL. And when the movie ended and the credits rolled, A and I looked at each other with identical looks of horror on our faces, followed by relieved grins once we realized that we were in agreement: This was one of the worst movies we'd ever seen.

Her friends, on the other hand, thought it was hilarious. They couldn't stop raving about how much they loved it. Ah, different strokes, I guess.

Still, despite how much I disliked the movie, I did get two very important things out of the experience: 1) from that day on, A and I were bonded forever (and we can never resist telling people the story of how we became friends); and 2) we did, after all, get to escape the heat for two blissful air-conditioned hours. And for that I would have braved an entire marathon of 'Batman and Robin' showings.

What about you? Is there a movie you've seen only for the air conditioning?