You know that phrase you’ve started to see more of (in beauty aisle products for instance)?

Paris is always a good idea?

Sabrina (1995)

It came from this romantic comedy from the 90s!

Emily In Paris was very much inspired by it, but can’t compare—you’ve gotta see this movie instead.


The scoop here is that Sabrina will be discussed at the Tinley Park Public Library’s monthly Movie Discussion this Spring (April 10th to be exact, from 7 – 8 PM). Fittingly so because April in Paris is so well known in the zeitgeist—one of the best times to experience that famous city

You heard it here first. Check back in April to the library’s events page to easily add it to your digital calendar. It’ll be in the next Pathways magazine soon too.

The Spring Edition of Pathways Out as of February 14, 2024. Check out Sabrina on page 20.

I hope you’ll join me at the discussion because I will be bringing a rare copy of the original 1953 play upon which it is based, for attendees to gleam. And I’ll be on hand as a guest who can answer questions. Like how old is Sabrina supposed to be?

The play versus the two movie adaptations of it are interesting to compare against each other.

Quote from a forgotten hit 1950s play: “Sabrina Fair, or A Woman of the World” by Samuel E. Taylor (he wrote some big screenplays in his time too!). I read it early this year & it has so much more than romantic comedy; like feminist themes & social commentary. If only the 1954 & 1995 movie adaptions had 100% followed the story.

“Sooner or later you learn that there’s a conspiracy of little people in this world to cut you down to their size. And then you grow up and make your choice: to live on their terms or your own.”

— Linus Larrabee (Sabrina Fair, Samuel Taylor 1953 play)
Linus Quote From Sabrina Play

The movie discussion group at the Tinley Park Public Library is very new and has been growing in popularity over the last two years. It’s a program that new Director of the library Zach Musli brought over from his days at Director of Acorn Public Library District in Oak Forest, IL—where it too was a unique success too. So be sure to reserve your spot. So if you’ve been looking for movie buddies, this program is a perfect springboard to find them.

And just maybe, it will inspire you to go travel see what made April in Paris so famous.

Why Sabrina?

It’s one of the movies that made a big impression on me growing up. Sabrina as portrayed by Julia Ormond (who made headlines last month interestingly enough) was the kind of woman I thought every woman aspired to be: a woman of the world, but not snooty…grounded, put-together, elegant, and able to make friends with anybody, regardless of class or anything.

Part of what makes me passionate to share about the story is because of how forgotten it became, as the movies overshadowed it. The playwright himself was not a fan of either movies—and why she he have been? He penned such screenplays as Vertigo (1958) for goodness sake. His Sabrina was a story with more depth than froth. The 1995 movie adaptation is in my opinion superior to the 1954 adaptation, but come see for yourself. And come discuss what you think with everyone next season.


Why Sabrina Is A Must Watch

Sabrina is a perfect palate cleanser—like a bruût champagne 🍾, with a rich fairy tale under the surface.

The movie is like Barbie meets Oppenheimer. It’s got cynicism, sarcasm, culture and comedy.

An ensemble like Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Greg Kinnear (You’ve Got Mail, Little Miss Sunshine), Angie Dickinson, Dana Ivey (Home Alone 2, Two Weeks Notice), Nancy Marchand (The Soprano’s), Richard Crenna (Summer Rental) John Wood (Chocolat, WarGames).

But above all, Sabrina has escapism with the right amount of emotional maturity. Good to watch these kinds of movies in between the big budget kinds.

A smaller movie than the tentpole movies oversaturating the market. A movie for grown-ups, but PG! “A sweet little movie” in the words of one of its stars Harrison Ford (Harrison Ford on Charlie Rose, 2002). One that made an impression on little me, and more influential than you may know.

Skip to the 40m32s mark of the interview in which Ford talks about his experience on Sabrina.

And if anything, this is a movie that’s just so different from the movies that have been being made in the last 20 years.

Perfect Valentine’s Day Movie — Perfect Rainy Day Movie Too!

And it’d be perfect to watch on Valentine’s Day, which is 2 months before the movie discussion. You can even use your library card at Hoopla to stream Sabrina (1995) for free!

The film certainly ticks off a lot of the boxes that make a perfect Valentine’s Day movie. But Sabrina isn’t just a movie perfect for Valentine’s Day—it’s also a lonely hearts movie, and everyone feels down on gray or rainy days. So watching the film now is perfect for you locals, in preparation for the discussion of it in April.

Weather can be a metaphor in storytelling, and Sabrina is definitely about coming out of your shell, and blossoming—which is very much emblematic of late cool spring, on the eve of a warm season.

The locations and costumes suggest it’s during spring too, with very little skin on display and the placid, sometimes gray and rainy weather. An evening during a thunderstorm actually is brought up as a core memory for Sabrina. And the main romance in the movie is very much a ‘will they or won’t they,’ just like the weather here in Chicagoland, where the seasons are constantly sorting themselves. I guess that’s why our meteorologist are so good up here (like Tom Skilling, a Chicago institution, who hapens to be retiring from his post at WGN after 45 years. His final broadcast will be Feb. 28).

Fun Fact: Filming for Sabrina took place between Jan 30, 1995 – Jun 21, 1995 I found, so that tracks with my notion that it takes place during a more covered up time of year. Coincidentally, Sabrina premiered in cinemas 28 years ago on this date (December 15, 1995)!

Whenever you watch, let me know what you thought at stephanie[@]tinleyparkmom[.]com.

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