Mr. Destiny (1990)
Jim Belushi: Larry Burrows
Larry Joseph Burrows : How can my life change so much just because I hit one stinking baseball?
Mike the Bartender at Universal Joint Bar : Well, you see Larry, one's destiny is a very complicated thing. Every incident in a person's life affects everything else that follows it. Instead of missing the baseball, however, you hit it. Then you became a hero, married the prom queen, and so on, and so forth, until you find yourself exactly where you are. So you see, hitting that baseball has spun your life off in an entirely new direction.
Larry Joseph Burrows : Are you an angel or something?
Mike the Bartender at Universal Joint Bar : Not exactly, no.
Larry Joseph Burrows : Then what are you?
Mike the Bartender at Universal Joint Bar : Have you ever been faced with a decision, and you weren't sure what to do?
Larry Joseph Burrows : Yeah, sure, plenty of times.
Mike the Bartender at Universal Joint Bar : And then something inside you made you choose one direction over another?
Larry Joseph Burrows : Yeah. So?
Mike the Bartender at Universal Joint Bar : So that's me. I make the suggestions, and you make the choices. That's how destiny works, Larry - very subtly. Welcome to your new life, Larry. I hope you like it.
Larry Joseph Burrows : Is there anything else that's gonna come as a shock?
Mike the Bartender at Universal Joint Bar : It all will, to some degree.
Larry Joseph Burrows : To what degree?
Mike the Bartender at Universal Joint Bar : You'll see. Things have changed, Larry. You have to take the bad with the good. You didn't think everything was gonna be perfect, did you?
Larry Joseph Burrows : Well, I... I..., I suppose not.
Mike the Bartender at Universal Joint Bar : This is your life, Larry. Learn to enjoy what you've got.
Larry Joseph Burrows : How well do you remember 1970?
Larry Joseph Burrows : Destiny's a pretty big concept, when you think about it. Where you are in life, how you got there, what would have happened if one thing or another had been different. To be honest, I never gave it much thought, myself, until today, June 14th, my 35th birthday, and without a doubt, the strangest day of my life. Do you remember the old story that starts, "This guy goes into a bar"? Well, I'm the guy, and here's the story.
Larry Joseph Burrows : Why is it when you do something terrific, nine times out of 10 you're all alone, but when you screw up really big, the whole world is watching?
Larry Joseph Burrows : Why is it every time you have a mouthful of freeze-dried, your boss walks in on you?
Larry Joseph Burrows : Why is it every time your best friend's kissing you on the head, a beautiful woman comes along and catches you?
Larry Joseph Burrows : Maybe it was because it was my birthday. Maybe it was seeing Cindy Jo. I don't know. But all morning I'd been thinking about what it would have been like if my life had turned out differently.
Clip Metzler, Larry's Best Friend : Well, you know what your problem is? Nothing's ever good enough for you. Way I see it, you've got the perfect life. You've got a wonderful home, a terrific wife, a good job, and the best friend money can buy. What else could a guy want?
Larry Joseph Burrows : A little excitement would be nice.
Larry Joseph Burrows : Sometimes I get the distinct feeling I'm missing out on something.
Harry Burrows : Well, what she's got - and she's got plenty you don't need.
Larry Joseph Burrows : You sure?
Harry Burrows : [pause] Not absolutely. But if I ever tried to find out, your mother would kill me.
Larry Joseph Burrows : You're the dad every kid dreams of, you know that?
Larry Joseph Burrows : How about that! The desk is wired to my ass!
Larry Joseph Burrows : [Larry sits down on a chair in front of a desk with computers and is amazed by their self-working greetings] How about that! The desk is wired to my ass.
[Suddenly the intercom calls in]
Jewel Jagger, Forklift operator : Good morning, sir.
Larry Joseph Burrows : Oh, hi! How are you?
Jewel Jagger, Forklift operator : Can I get you something, sir?
Larry Joseph Burrows : No, no, I'm fine. Oh! Coffee! I'd really like a cup of coffee.
Jewel Jagger, Forklift operator : Right away, sir. And Mr. Pender and Mr.Flick are on their way to see you, sir.
Larry Joseph Burrows : You're kidding? Those jerks still work here?
Larry Joseph Burrows : Have you ever had any regrets, Clip? You know, about how your life is turned out, about the choices you made.
Clip Metzler, Larry's Best Friend : Nooo. Oh... no. I figured I didn't make out many choices. You know what my policy is? You do nothing, you see what happens. And you know what, things always are turning up fine.
Larry Joseph Burrows : Yeah, for you, Clip.
Huge Guy : [28:19] What the hell are you doing banging on my door like that?
Larry Joseph Burrows : Hey, who are you? What's going on here, what have you done with my wife?
Huge Guy : What are you talking about?
Larry Joseph Burrows : Hey, look man, just take whatever you need and leave. If you don't hurt anyone, I won't call the cops. OK?
Huge Guy : Cops? Man, I am a cop. Just what's your problem, huh?
Larry Joseph Burrows : I don't have a problem, I live here. What are you doing in my house? Is something wrong?
Huge Guy : Your house? You better show me some ID pal, right now.
Larry Joseph Burrows : Yeah, yeah, OK. Man, you're going to feel like a fool, though. I've lived here over a year.
Huge Guy : Lawrence J Burrows, 11653 onny Meadow Lane, Forest Hills?
Larry Joseph Burrows : Where did I get THIS license?
Huge Guy : Probably from the DMV where everyone gets their license.
Larry Joseph Burrows : Look, man I don't care what this thing says. This is my house and I want to see my wife now step out of my way.
Huge Guy : You come into my house and I'm going to kick your ass all the way down the block.
Larry Joseph Burrows : I don't care. I'm coming in!
Huge Guy : No, you're not!
Larry Joseph Burrows : Yes, I am!
Huge Guy : No, you're not!
Larry Joseph Burrows : Yes, I am!
Larry Joseph Burrows : Mike! What are you doing here?
Mike the Bartender at Universal Joint Bar : We need to talk.
Larry Joseph Burrows : Yeah, yeah, in a minute. I need to get in my house.
Mike the Bartender at Universal Joint Bar : That's one of the things we need to talk about. You don't live there, anymore.
Larry Joseph Burrows : What?
Huge Guy : See? Even the cabdriver knows you don't live here. Now, beat it!