Hysterical Blindness

Synopsis: In this bittersweet slice of working class single New Jersey life, best friends Debby and Beth (both pushing thirty) go looking for love in the wrong place - namely their favorite bar, Oliver's. Rugged contractor Rick eyes Beth but ends up going home with the more assertive Debby. Beth's style is further cramped by the responsibilities of single motherhood. As Debby tries to parlay what was essentially a casual fling into possible marriage with an indifferent Rick, her mother Virginia wonders if her affair with widower Nick is the real thing. Rounding out the romantic possibilities is Bobby, the bartender who flirts with Beth. The women clash as plans go awry, tragedy strikes, and hearts get broken. In the end, Debby, Beth, and Virginia find, if not the relationships of their dreams, peace with each other and within themselves.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Mira Nair
Production: Blum Israel
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min


-Thank you, honey.

See you later.

-You drive.


l'm sitting at my computer

doing all that data entry sh*t...

they always stick me with, and l go blind.

You went blind?

Yeah. l couldn't see a thing.

So l started yelling, "My God, l can't see."

My God!

So, Susan walks me

to the lot and she goes...

"l get stuck with all the responsibility."

And l'm like, "You're right, that is so true.

"You're here to help me out,

and that is a lot of responsibility."

To help a total blind person, it is.

She takes my hand and she goes,

"Deb, it's me and you in this together."

l cried all the way to the emergency room.

So, we get there,

and the nurse took me right in.

She could see it was a serious thing.

l know.

l'm sitting there, waiting for the doctor

on one of those table-bed things...

whatever they are.

Just sitting and waiting all alone....

And my sight came back.

Thank God.

lt was blurry at first.

My God, Deb.

-Thank God.

-l know.

-Can you see now?


l don't know what l'd do

if it ever happened again.

-lt was really scary, Beth.

-lt sounds scary.

And the worst part is...

the doctor walked in and all...

and he goes:

"lt's hysterical blindness."

My God.

And, Beth, it's caused by stress.

l told you.

l told you, Deb, a long time ago.

-You got to learn how to relax.

-l know.

But it's like there's always

something bothering you.

Excuse me, things just

don't bother me, okay?

Things happen to me.


-Do l look okay?

-Do l?

You look really hot.

-You, too.


What are we gonna order?

Okay, let's start with a shot

and then get two Rolling Rocks.

Yeah, tequila?


Yes, l don't want people thinking

l don't know how to do a shot of tequila.

Hi, Carolann.


Thank you.

That is so nice of you to say.

Deb, your mom is so sweet.

The girls from my firm took me out

to Skyway's to celebrate my engagement.

Your mom waited on us, and we totally

had her running around like crazy.

She's really sweet.

That's nice.

We should go.

Good luck tonight, girls.

We got to hurry.

The guys are waiting for us.

Why did you have to congratulate her?

l don't know,

she's a human being, isn't she?

She's wearing pink shoes.

Deb, will you carry my hairspray?

Beth, when will you get the travel size?

l need the jumbo, okay? l have a lot of hair.


Are you ready?

Don't rush me.

All right.

Debby does Bayonne.

F*** off.

-Bobby's bartending.

-Yeah, so?

So, it's good to have a bartender

we know here.

l would know that the best, Beth.

-After all, l know him better.

-Yeah, l remember.


Hi, Bobby.

We'll have....

She's gonna have a shot of tequila...

and a Rolling Rock.

l'll have something sweet

like a Sex on the Beach.

You got it.


l changed my mind,

l felt like a Sex on the Beach. Arrest me.

Maybe you should tell him,

l'll have the same, too.

All right.

-lt's too late.




We had a plan.

What are you looking at?

Just that guy.

God, Beth. Way to stare at him.

l'm not staring, l'm glancing.

He's got Patrick Swayze eyes.

He looks mean.

l would drop my pants for him in a second.

Hey, baby.

You want to slip on some slime?

He's gonna hear you!

So? Maybe l want him to.

You're never gonna get

a guy like that, you know?

My God, Deb, he's coming over here.

-No, he's not.


See, l told you.

He's a conceited jerk.



You know that guy over there?

He looks like trouble.

Never seen him before.


-No reason.

Beth was just gonna

try and talk to him or something.

You think he's cute, Beth?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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