If it’s September 13, it must be time for Chinese food. Why? Because September 13 is Fortune Cookie Day . A day to be celebrated not only by eating a delicious sweet snack, but finding out what is going to happen to you. So call up your favorite Chinese restaurant and order some cashew chicken, fried rice and egg rolls and make sure they pack in some fortune cookies. Then sit down in front of the TV to pig out on these movies that honor Fortune Cookie Day.
The Fortune Cookie
This Billy Wilder movie is not his best comedy. It is not even his best comedy starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. What “The Fortune Cookie” is, however, is the film that earned Matthau his Best Actor Oscar and a movie that is insanely appropriate for Fortune Cookie Day. “The Fortune Cookie” is also highly appropriate as a lesson for those wanting to screw over the insurance company that has already screwed them. The movie is about insurance fraud. And in this day and age, what better fortune could you have than to stick it to the out of control health care industry?
The two-part made-for-television movie adapted from Stephen King’s mammoth novel “IT” features an extended sequence at a Chinese restaurant. This one scene makes “IT” especially appropriate viewing on Fortune Cookie Day, but I would strongly recommend finishing your own Chinese takeout before you get to that scene. It is Stephen King, after all, and though I wouldn’t want to be accused of taking part in a spoiler rumble, let’s just say that the fortune cookies in “IT” are endowed with a little bit more than slips of paper with Zen philosophy written on them.
Back Lindsay Lohan showed great promise as a young actress of comedic skill, she starred in the second official remake of a prior Disney hit called “Freaky Friday.” The Lindsay Lohan version of “Freaky Friday” is the only one appropriate for watching on Fortune Cookie Day, however. The magical totem that brings about the body switch between mom and daughter is a fortune cookie invested with strange mystical powers from the East. Don’t count on your own fortune cookie having quite the same ability, alas.
Fortune Cookie Prophecies
I must admit that I have not seen “Fortune Cookies Prophecies” but it has a premise very appropriate for Fortune Cookie Day. In fact, one is forced to ask why it took so long for somebody to make a movie about someone cracks open a fortune cookie that foretells their imminent death. And the death immediately happens. The official website for “Fortune Cookie Prophecies” has something of “The Ring” about it–just a feeling, nothing specific–and if it turns out half as good, that’s fine for me.