Today, while scouring The Hollywood Reporter, I found news that Brian Geraghty, Josh Peck, and Margarita Levieva have all been tapped to star in ATM, a thriller about three co-workers trapped in an ATM vestibule by an undoubtedly dangerous, definitely mysterious man. And though the first thoughts that come to my mind upon reading such news should be along the lines of, Wow, how refreshing to see these three young talented actors score headlining roles! instead I thought, Please, ATM, do not ruin the ATM fantasy Friends created.
Because if Friends and the unyielding optimism of the mid-1990s taught us anything, it’s that you could one day get stuck in an ATM vestibule with a model as famous and good-looking (in high-waisted pants!) as Jill Goodacre. So, why, oh why, ATM, do you have to go and make Automated Teller Machines scary? (I mean, the balance that pops up on the screen whenever I take out money is petrifying enough, thankyouverymuch.) Whereas I once often dreamed of blackouts while taking out cash, ATM-fueled fear might kill my fantasy of one day being able to utter, “I am stuck in an ATM vestibule with Andrew Keegan.” (Hey, we are talking about 1990s here.) That is, of course, before I almost ruin everything by telling him, “Gum would be perfection.”
Who else is unable to think of the words “trapped” and “ATM” without thinking of Friends? Or just “vestibule” for that matter? And who else responded with, “Gum would be perfection,” whenever offered a piece of Fruit Strip Gum for at least five years after the episode aired?