Email This Post HomeHumorMy Bother-in-Law and Moral Ambiguity Amy Vansant November 9, 2012 Humor 16 Comments Or as my bother-in-law likes to call it, “Happy fun time guy meets new friends with a bolt pistol.” My bother-in-law, Gary, called the other night to describe a movie he couldn’t remember to my husband (his brother) Mike. Mike couldn’t figure out what he was talking about, so he handed me the phone. Me: You’re trying to remember the name of a movie? Gary: Yeah. So, it was like 4-5 years ago. There’s this guy, he’s in prison I think, and then he gets out and starts killing all these people. And he’s got a flame thrower. Me: A flame thrower? Gary: Yeah, and he just starts killing all these people. Me: With a flame thrower? Seems like a conspicuous way to kill people. I’m not a detective or anything, but… Gary: I don’t think he always uses it. Me: Is he like a bad guy or a good guy seeking vengeance on the bad guys who killed his family or something? Gary: I don’t know… I couldn’t decide if I liked him or not. Me: Wait… not a flamethrower… you mean like a pneumatic bolt shooter thingy? Are you thinking No Country for Old Men? The ‘friendo’ dude? Gary: YES! That’s it! Thank you! Me: Wait, you couldn’t decide if you liked him? Gary: Yeah. Me: He was psychotic killer who killed everyone in the movie, including innocent people not involved in the plot at all. Gary: Yeah that guy. Me: He flipped a coin to decide whether he’d kill a random convenience store clerk. Gary: (getting excited) Yeah, yeah! Me: AND YOU COULDN’T DECIDE IF HE WAS A GOOD GUY OR A BAD GUY? Gary: … Me: … Gary: Anyway, cool, thanks! (he hangs up) Me: (to Mike) Your brother couldn’t decide if the psycho in No Country for Old Men was a good guy or a bad guy. Mike: Hmm. Me: He’s not allowed to watch the dog anymore. Mike: Fair enough. PS: Getting this question a lot – “Bother-in-law” is on purpose, not a typo. 🙂 About Latest Posts Amy VansantAmy Vansant is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author specializing in fun, funny fiction --- even the murder mysteries. Latest posts by Amy Vansant (see all) Upgrading from turtles to panthers…Giveaway and deals - July 16, 2019 I am the turtle whisperer, pet lover giveaway and steals & deals - July 10, 2019 I’m writing Kilty, but Pineapple is stalking me…Beach Read Giveaway & Deals - July 1, 2019 16 Responses bill major November 9, 2012 been there before hahahaha 1 likes Reply Tim Sayles November 9, 2012 Hilarious, Amy!… Thanks for the laugh this morning! 1 likes Reply SarcasticNinja November 9, 2012 At least he gave the clerk a 50/50 chance? MORAL AMBIGUITY. 2 likes Reply Carrie - Cannibalistic Nerd November 9, 2012 HA! Does he have enough hair to get that hairdo? If he shows up at your door with a villainous mop top – you know what his decision was on that character. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 9, 2012 Whew, good point – no he doesn’t. I’m safe! 0 likes Reply Tiffany N. York November 9, 2012 Ahaha! His poor, poor wife… 1 likes Reply Maggi November 9, 2012 Good call on the dog-sitting. Sorry to say that I know people like that…they are not allowed to watch my cats. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 9, 2012 Well I KNOW cats are psychopaths, so I’m not sure who wins that one… 1 likes Reply Christian at Point Counter-Point Point Point November 9, 2012 Speaking of heroes, that Buffalo Bill guy from Silence of the Lambs was also a real likable guy wasn’t he? 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 10, 2012 Oh god I just had a flash of my bother-in-law doing a tuck back dance in front of a mirror. 0 likes Reply bluzdude November 9, 2012 I guess I can’t judge. I still root for Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 10, 2012 Shit. So do I. 0 likes Reply soynailcider November 9, 2012 LOL. Love that. 😉 0 likes Reply Lance November 9, 2012 Hahahaha. Our lives are so parallel about a year ago: my sister in law (she’s blonde): what was that thing you wrote? me: I write lots of things. her: about people who are weird and they’re weird. me: that’s everything i write. her: the girl’s gay and the boy’s dumb like you. me: right now it’s called crazy robot stories. her: yeah, well i read it. 1 likes Reply Jerimi November 10, 2012 I think “Bother-in-law” is my new favorite title. 1 likes Reply Natalie the Singingfool November 13, 2012 Good call on not letting him watch the dog anymore. That sounds like someone really “identifying” with Christian Bale’s character in American Psycho. 0 likes Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Add me to Amy Vansant's Humor Newsletter!