War of the Worlds


There is a minor but (to me) annoying reference to peanut allergy in War of the Worlds. In the midst of an alien invasion, the divorced dad is trying to act normal and starts frantically making peanut butter sandwiches. The little girl say "I'm allergic to peanut butter." The dad says "Since when?" "Since birth," she replies. So the dad tosses her a couple of pieces of bread and then keeps slapping peanut butter all around, finally losing his temper and throwing the sandwich against the kitchen window.

And that's it. Now, the dad is supposed to be totally irresponsible, so this scene is in keeping with the movie, but it still really annoyed me.

On Jun 30, 2005

I haven't seen it yet - I'll probably wait until it's on dvd.

Since he's totally irresponsible, it doesn't sound like something that would upset me. (Might change my mind when I see it though.)


Tommy Boy really doesn't need any more bad press, does he. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

On Jun 30, 2005

Okay, so finally a food allergy is being used in a movie to show what a total irresponsible jerk Dad is. I guess it was bound to happen. I mean, this really shows the guy is a jerk, does it not?

I believe it was Elle Mo that recently posted about how we are seeing food allergies on TV shows and movies every time we turn around now (the CSI Miami - Suicide by Pb thread).

Me, I still don't care for it.

Oh, Anna Marie, Scientologists probably believe they can *cure* food allergies, but no, Tommy doesn't need any more bad press - those wives just keep getting younger and younger.....

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Jun 30, 2005


Originally posted by csc: [b] Tommy doesn't need any more bad press - those wives just keep getting younger and younger..... )[/b]

CSC: ROFL!!! I was thinking the same thing. I saw most of his interview with Matt Lauer, and I have to say, he annoyed me. Since, he's well, never had a baby, I'm not clear where he gets to chime in about post-partum depression! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]

Sorry, Greenlady, I'm digressing...I haven't seen the movie, but from the description, I don't think I'd be thrilled with the scene. That scene should have included her having a reaction if he was throwing pb everywhere. Then I would have been ok with it.


On Jun 30, 2005


Originally posted by mommyofmatt: [b] Since, he's well, never had a baby, I'm not clear where he gets to chime in about post-partum depression! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img] Meg[/b]

His ex-wife didn't even have their babies...I agree that he has no room to talk about post-partum depression. He has turned into a total weirdo.

On Jun 30, 2005

Greenlady, my apologies. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]

Well, both of you ladies above had me ROLF, which is a *good* thing because I've disconnected both phones (cell and land) for the evening after SCREAMING into one. However......

Remember, this will be wife #3 for Tom - I want to see how quickly they have children together. Funny thing is, I have never really cared for him and I have to say that I think Nicole Kidman has been quite gracious and graceful since their divorce (or during the whole thing). The article to go with her on the cover of July month's Vanity Fair even, she was still simply gracious IMPHO.

My reference re Scientology - I'm only saying that because I did post here how the Kabbalah followers believe that food allergies can be cured with their special bottled water (bottled right here in good old Canada from heaven knows which spring?), so please, I meant no disrespect to anyone that is a Scientologist here, and especially when I'm doing Google searches about "white light spirituality" and thinking of becoming a Wican person. However.

Back to the topic - I am simply overwhelmed with seeing anaphylaxis pop up on every show, sometimes twice a season as the way someone is murdered or dies and now, in film on a regular basis as well.

Educational, yes, as I found when I posted my first Media find - the Nash Bridges thread, but I'm just kinda world weary.

When I go to the movies, personally, when I get ever so lucky and am able to go maybe two or three times a year, would it be okay if I didn't think about PA while I was there (except for the snack bar part - the *real* life part)?

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Jul 1, 2005

thought everyone might enjoy seeing that brooke shields fired back at mr. cruise... good for her!!!


On Jul 1, 2005

Alright Brooke! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] Meg

On Jul 1, 2005

He lives in a world all his own.

On Jul 1, 2005

Hooray for Brooke Shields! She is a very courageous person to have gone public with such a normally "secretive" issue, and to have let Tom Cruise know what is what. Hopefully most of the world realizes what a jerk Tom Cruise is. Maybe rational people should start boycotting his movies?!

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] Miriam

On Jul 1, 2005

I have always enjoyed watching Tom in a movie. However, I agree he has "overstepped" his stardom at this point. He was so much "cuter" with his mouth shut. I have no interest in seeing this movie. Not really a boycott (tomcott), just turned off!

Have a blessed day, Bridget

On Jul 1, 2005

I agree - Tom was so much cuter with his mouth shut, when I still thought of him as a confident, cocksure, boy-next-door type. I am completely thrown by this recent behavior. It seems so out of the blue. Of course, he fired his normal publicist in the spring and hired his sister in that role. And apparently his sister can't reign him in, and the true Tom is showing through. The old publicist would've known it would be a disaster - and - it is!!

On Jul 1, 2005

When Tom Cruise gets his medical degree I might take what he has to say about post-partum depression seriously. But until then, he is just an ignorant star given too much attention.

On Jul 1, 2005

Oops--technical difficulty, double-posted.

[This message has been edited by Jimmy's mom (edited July 01, 2005).]

On Jul 2, 2005

Just saw the film, was a nice ride, good journey.

I guess it did our PA cause no harm.

Not for little ones.


On Jul 5, 2005

Just adding to this thread with no relevant, pertinent information. Just that I saw "War of the Worlds" as the thread title and the first thing that came into my mind was, "Yuck! Tom Cruise starred in that movie? Couldn't they find a better, nicer-looking, better sounding actor?!?!"

I don't think Tom Cruise is good looking at all. When he opens his mouth, his voice grates on my nerves! And he has always seemed (to me) like a shallow, self-centered idiot when he opens his mouth.

Just ranting that I think his movies would be a whole lot better if he weren't in them! I could think of other actors who could play those parts much better than he can.

On Jul 5, 2005

post-partum depression isn't the only thing he's publicly criticized people for taking meds for. Close your ears when he starts talking about Ritalin. (Remember he does have dyslexia, so he has personal knowledge about learning disabilities - but I'm not aware of him being diagnosed with ADHD.)


Regarding food allergies in movies - it is a logical step.

As homosexuality came out of the closet and became *the people next door* it became common on tv. And not just in a *gay movie*. It is common now for a character to be gay - main character or just a bit part - and it's not why that character is in the movie - it's just one small unimportant thing we know about the character.

Food allergies are becoming *the person next door*. Almost everyone knows someone with fa. So, it is appropriate for it to creap into the movies - not as the main thing, but just a small unimportant thing we know about the character.

It doesn't mean the character has to have a reaction, even if they are near the allergen. It doesn't mean the character has to have an ana. reaction if they injest some. That's not reality - and so (imo) it shouldn't be shown that way in movies either.


I've re-read what I just posted, and it doesn't sound (to me) like I'm trying to argue. If - to you - it sounds that way, please just understand that I'm down a cup of coffee. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Jul 5, 2005

Hey, Anna Marie, you said that very well. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I really liked it, because I'm one of the people that this has been troubling. I'm tired of seeing it on every drama I watch on TV. But as Elle Mo has posted before, and as you have now so eloquently posted (yes, even down one coffee), it makes perfect sense.

So, I'm okay with it now - fancy that! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

As far as Mr. Cruise, since this topic was up I've been clicking on different new stories that you can click on when you check your Hotmail and Yahoo accounts and reading a whole lot of different things about him over the past few days.

I read about the Ritalin and psychiatry (or anti-psychiatry) comments as well and I think it's all well and good for him to have these opinions; we all have different opinions about different stuff; I think when it's a celebrity of his status, people listen more to him (if they care to) than they would to be espousing the same opinions. I just think there are some things that celebrities should keep their opinions to themselves about (probably everything) because they are capable of influencing a lot of people (easily influenced people I would have to say if they could be influenced by an actor/actress). However.

I don't think I have cared for any of his films except Born on the Fourth of July. I still remember seeing that film and leaving the theatre crying. And I noticed here, over the week-end, on one of the TV stations, it was Tom Cruise day, with Tom Cruise films playing all day.

(Of course, it was also Elvis Presley day on one of the stations also on Sunday and I couldn't figure out why - I mean, it's not August month yet or January month).

No, Anna Marie, I really like what you had to say. I have posted SO much of the stuff where PA (or anaphylaxis) has shown up in TV shows that I was getting quite tired of seeing it. But when Elle Mo posted it made sense to me and now, after reading what you posted, yes, it makes sense to me. So, I'll untie my knickers now. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Jul 5, 2005

AM ~ The last interview I heard with Tom Cruise he seemed to claim that Scientology has cured his dyslexia?????


On Jul 11, 2005

Tom Cruise may be the next Michael Jackson...he gets stranger by the minute. He is totally off base with the psychiatric rants and the post partum thing. Depression is a chemical problem wihin a person, a disease. Next, he'll be saying that Scientology can cure Cancer...stop taking that chemo, You don't understand cancer. I do. LOL He's a first class JERK!!!!

On Jul 11, 2005

For anyone who is unaware of how truly whacked Scientology is, take a look at [url="http://www.xenu.net."]www.xenu.net.[/url] It will blow your mind.

On Jul 31, 2005

I just saw the movie last night...not my first choice, but went along for the ride. It was ok, not great...entertaining though.

AnnaMarie put is sooo well! Thanks for summing it up. I was happy to see them have the daughter allergic to PB. Yes, he threw the sandwich at the window, but I didn't think it even came close to the girl. Now, don't get me wrong, I wouldn't want my ds in the room with that going on!

Overall, I left feeling good about the PA in the movie because it makes me feel like it's so common now. I'm concerned about my ds' health and social well being when it comes to PA...it's becoming a 'normal' thing now.