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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Thank You For Playing Bubble Hockey

I saw Thank You For Smoking today (first movie I've seen in theaters in a while), and it was outstanding. Lived up to all the good things I've heard about it. I highly recommend getting out to see it. That's all for my review - for some real reviews, go here (ignore the bug up the New York Times's reviewer's ass).

However, I can mention one thing about the movie that probably no other viewer caught. During the scene where Nick (Aaron Eckhart) goes back to his apartment with Heather (Katie Holmes, refreshingly unCruised), you can see, in the background, that Nick has a bubble hockey table. I really doubt that anyone else is going to catch that detail, especially during that scene. But trust me, it's there.

Apparently the director, Jason Reitman, is a fan of air hockey and has a table of his own where Eckhart and Cameron Bright, who played Nick's son, played while they went through the script. My guess is either that Reitman wanted to incorporate that into the film somehow, and either brought in a similar game, or he mistakenly called bubble hockey "air hockey." It's definitely bubble hockey in the movie - you can see the dome (no, not that kind).

Anyone know of any other movies where bubble hockey makes an appearance?

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