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was expecting more of an actual 'Motel Life'...


in which i've lived. In other words, life living in motels and the odd characters that you meet while staying there who come and go; the truckers, the prostitutes(which i know was a very brief moment in the story), the evicted and the homeless, etc. Don't get me wrong, i still enjoyed the movie, just disappointed that it wasn't exactly what i was hoping for. Not only what i've experienced, but more like that scene in Wild at Heart where Sailor and Lula are at that one motel, sitting outside drinking with the people there, where they meet Bobby Peru for the first time; a whole movie like that. Anyone know of a movie similar to that?

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Can you tell us more about your story? (If you want) How did you end up in a motel? Did you have a job at the time? Something I don't understand is, isn't a motel more expensive than say, paying rent for a room in a share house or apartment or anything like that? Don't they charge per night like in a hotel? I was also expecting more out of the film. It was ok, but basically after they leave the hospital that's it. It's a very short story. I wish they had shown more.

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I appreciate the interest winonaforever2. I lived in motels on the beach and they have weekly rates, cheaper than first, last, security and a lease. Paying weekly while working was ideal for the times. Interesting jobs from a juice factory/manufacturer to a secondhand book store that would eventually lead me 180 miles north to open a new store in which i lived in while putting it together from scratch. The first couple of months were rough with no running water so you had to shower with gallon jugs; so finally having been able to afford the money to stay in a motel to take hot showers became a luxury at the time. This would eventually lead me to a house on a lake, but it's the people and conversations that you meet along the journey that really keep things that much more interesting, which i was hoping to see more of in the movie.

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Thanks for sharing!

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(Why didn't this "come up" here under its title?? I had to find it through Stephen Dorff's filmography. And two of its genres are listed as "mystery" and "thriller?" Jeez, IMDb!)

I forgive the title, accepting that it was meant to imply itinerant, unsettled, but I would have liked to see more of the real deal, as well. (Wild at Heart is one of my all-time favorites; "*Rockin'* good news!") We moved cross-country by car a couple of times, and although I was a kid, I was always interested in our fellow nomadic guests at (cheap) motels - much to my mother's chagrin, as she often found me chatting with some pretty sketchy characters. (She was always unfailingly polite to them while leading me away, though.)

A few years back I stayed in a motel for a week or so. Having my (large) dog with me ruled out the nicer ones, so it was pretty dicey, and 50 feet from a real dive of a bar. Good thing I'm a night owl. Late one night a woman - obviously a prostitute, as it wasn't Halloween ; ) - came to the door. She looked surprised to see a female. Her eyes widened when she saw my Doberman standing alertly by my side - whether from fear, or anticipation of a kinky scene being suggested, I wasn't sure! - and she hesitantly asked if there was a Tim there. I assured her that my dog was friendly with anyone non-threatening, and he licked her hand as though to prove it, leading to a chat re misconceptions about the breed as she knelt down to pet him. (He leaned against her, which is Doberman for "I really like this nice lady!") When I finally told her she had the wrong room, she apologized and turned to leave, then turned around and asked, "Um, if you're not going to be busy in an hour or so, could I take you out for a drink, and then maybe . . . " I laughed and told her Sorry, but I play for the other team. She laughed, too, and said "I like you!" and waved goodbye. I was flattered.

I suspect that many/most people in that situation would have called her ugly names and slammed the door in her face. Their loss; I agreed with my dog's instincts - she was a very nice woman! I would have taken her up on her offer of a drink, but it was pretty clear she expected it to lead to something else, so I felt it would have been unfair of me to do so. I was disappointed by this, as I would have loved to talk to her some more.

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