GWYGH, Ep. 004: Hostile Work Environment - Janine's Notes

In our first episode of the new year, we watched Chasing Liberty. While watching the movie, Janine took notes on the plot as it progressed. Basically, these notes are a stream of consciousness as Janine watched this movie, some of it copied from messages that she sent Kate during her torture. 


  • This movie is 2 hours long

  • You’d think a shitty movie would have the decency to be short

  • “Of course you can kiss me” practicing it over and over again

  • Opening song is “American girl”

  • Pan out to white house, nice

  • No nonsense security guard

  • “Not every day you get a date at the white house, well except for when Clinton was in the white house” dang, zing!

  • “These flowers died for their country” okay…

  • “Alone at last!” tailed by 3 security guards lol

  • They would not have this restaurant this crowded

  • Security detail joking over the microphone isn’t too bad

  • Oversharing mom getting a pic with the first daughter and her daughters

  • I could get into the agents subplot

  • Friend tries to pull out a camera and gets swabbed by the agents

  • "you're great. but this is too much for me" i mean like she is the president's daughter did you expect a quiet night out

  • This conversation with her dad, the president, is much like the West Wing

  • Like literally lifted straight out of it

  • “Third base is what, again?” *Crosstalk* -- that was pretty funny

  • What is the first lady’s accent?? Whaaaat

  • “I AM EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD AND WANT TO GO ON A DATE BY MYSELF’

  • Brutal burn of the agent, commenting on wearing sunglasses inside

  • She’s mean to secret agent guys

  • STILL lifting west wing plot lines with her asking for just one agent going along

  • Wants to go to a concert with Gabrielle and just TWO agents (count ‘em, two)

  • Prague marionette theater wow no thanks

  • “Gabrielle, you’re … all grown up!” wow her mom just wanted to say that she was too sexual

  • Gabrielle just straight up tells the president that tongue piercings are for oral sex. Wow this girl is #goals

  • Like sudden jump cut to gabrielle walking in with the daughter again but she has like new hair and a “trashy” outfit (her father’s words)

  • HOW did they dye her hair so quickly

  • Just walking into everybody willy-nilly (one of them is Matthew Goode)

  • Roots concert music is pretty good

  • She spots new agents and gets mad, yells at the two agents she knows that her dad PROMISED just two agents

  • Anna changed outfits to escape her agents, giving her jacket to a drunk girl

  • RUNS up to the first guy on a motorcycle and just says “HEY will you PLEASE get me out of here” wow way to get murdered

  • As kate said, “Hot dudes never do anything wrong, this is 2004”

  • “I need another ride like right now very fast” and he just goes along with it

  • “THEY’RE CHASING US” yeah you’re the first daughter of course they will

  • She just starts to leave in the middle of some unknown place but then tells him she’s supposed to meet her friend at a bar

  • A bar

  • Named

  • MARQUIS DE SADE

  • What the fuuuuuuuuuck

  • The atmosphere in that bar is much different than the name would imply

  • “What’s your story? Why are you here all by your eyelashes? I mean yourself.” what the heck what a pickup line

  • OH he’s actually an agent, a secret service agent

  • That actually got me, not gonna lie

  • The president decides that Anna will date the agent

  • “She wants freedom? Let freedom ring.”

  • So he has to date her without revealing his identity as an agent

  • They abandon the bike since she’s piss drunk and just walk around

  • “It’s so beautiful.” “okay now you’ve seen it let’s go.” THEN SHE STARTS STRIPPING TO JUMP INTO THE WATER

  • Don’t get into that gross water

  • “Why can’t you be free without being naked?”

  • The agents buy the cameras people were using to take pics of her skinny dipping, which wouldn’t work today, that shit would be on facebook live in a damn instant, or persicope

  • A movie plays in the public square, and she decides she wants to watch it on the roof

  • "it's all right to deceive with good reason" “good things can come from lying” wow we’re on some philosophical shit here

  • She’s into classical opera, which is pretty interesting i guess

  • He takes photos of the crowd with a flash camera, which is useless because it’s long distance

  • “Beer is good” “I’ve always thought so”

  • They mirror Anna leaning against what’s his name’s shoulder with the male agent leaning against the female agent’s shoulder

  • The movie filmography is getting better, like actually having cute parts and nice shots of scenery

  • "don't worry about me, just many terrorists want me dead and they will kill me if they find me out here but that's okay because i want dick"

  • “DO not get on a train” like you literally told her what to do

  • “Prisoners get more freedom than I do!” yeah they get to see the operas they actually want to see :(

  • “I have this theory - if something is meant to happen it will” more weird philosophical stuff

  • “I’m strangely attracted to exhibitionist runaways, it’s an addiction really” okay that was pretty cute/funny

  • “I do what i’m told” “oh yeah, strip naked” okay it’s not cute anymore especially since he’s apparently a creep

  • Morales is pretty cool though

  • Anna wakes up with some other guy offering her a Toblerone

  • "you ever made slow love on a high speed train" hahaha

  • Chilly willy squabblers - beautiful phrase

  • He hands them million dollar man stickers (kate said there was one in the bathroom concert)

  • He’s literally a proto Banksy

  • Oh she accidentally boarded a train to venice

  • “Let’s just make the best of our misfortune!”

  • He loses Anna from his sight in Venice when he’s calling to update the president

  • This little scene of them hanging out is cute and funny

  • Cute little moment of her pretending she’s got a tattoo

  • Why is agent morales apologizing for her very reasonable reaction to the other agent’s sexual harassment

  • Haha the train guy stole their wallets when he was hugging her

  • They dine and dash and the waiters follow them for some reason

  • “If sweet stories could buy pasta you’d be fat by now” haha nice

  • They make the gondolier boat them around for free

  • When he finds out they don’t have a hotel room he lets them stay with him

  • “You were such a good accountant! I should have never let you buy that stupid boats!”

  • Wow it seems you can get anything by being newlywed

  • That agent is continuing the argument they had like 12 hours ago

  • The gondolier’s mom is professor sprout!

  • Okay calm down Anna you just had your first kiss, now you’re coming in the room with just a towel?

  • He turns her down, sleeping on the floor, and she like gets down and cuddles with him

  • No means no, Anna

  • SHE JUST TAKES HER TOWEL OFF SUDDENLY HOW RUDE

  • “We’re just two people traveling in the same direction” wow harsh

  • How is there still an hour left in this movie?

  • okay like i kind of liked the agent subplot in the beginning but now it's just annoying and i want her to get a better work environment

  • “If you want a happy marriage you got to kiss her every day” what a low bar

  • The agents both think that anna and that guy actually married each other when they’re told they were newlyweds lol

  • Anna feeling quite sorry for herself about him not liking her

  • SHE JUST HOPS ON A RANDOM STRANGER’S TRUCK and leaves him behind

  • He runs after her of course

  • Instead of like hurting her they just abandon her in town which is better than what could have happened

  • She finds some guys bungee jumping on the bridge

  • “Did you find us on JumpingGermans.com?”

  • Of course toblerone guy is at the bridge

  • Ben finally catches up with her and jumps with him

  • “If you’re scared, why do it?” “because the things you’re scared of are the most worthwhile”

  • That’s a cute little scene, not sure if safe but it’s cute

  • They just bailed from the bungee cord into the water

  • Toblerone guy says he used their money to follow some girl around the country, some girl he locked eyes with before, so i’m calling it now that it’s Gabrielle

  • Jumping German guy is named Gus-Gus

  • “So much Gus they named you twice”

  • Anna is about to traipse off into bed with Gus-Gus

  • “I’m jealous as hell!” there it is! Haha

  • But it is still a Bad Thing that she pressured him so much she should have backed off a bit

  • They kissed, they spent the night together - did they bang? I mean she’s nude under the blanket

  • He pretends he has bad reception - he needed to up the game and do some foley work with like candy wrappers he’s a secret agent for god’s sake

  • The two agents kiss, and he makes a super unnecessary comment about making her go to the Tower as punishment

  • Wow great mid-2000s house track

  • Anna just spots Gabrielle across the crowd, no problem? Wow

  • Anna finds out that Ben is an agent because he reports back to the other agents with a fucking payphone

  • She can find Gabrielle in this crowd in a split second but Ben can’t find her

  • He catches up with her and admits that he’s a secret agent

  • “I didn’t plan for it to happen but it did! I fell in love with you”

  • Playing some fucking Benny Benassi next!

  • Random slow mo scene for Anna in the crowd

  • She gets recognized by some douchebags

  • Ben picks her up and saves her from the shitty dudes in the crowd because of course he does. And a helicopter just fucking lands in the middle of all the people

  • Good guy Mark Harmon isn’t even mad at his daughter, just happy she’s safe

  • They’re doing flashbacks of their scenes together, which like… we saw the movie, we don’t need a recap

  • Mom - “how’s your heart?” “a little bit broken”

  • Did they even name her mom btw?

  • Now the agents are together for real and flirting all the time, how can they even do their job?

  • “Here i am at this amazing school and there’s not one course on love” WHAT? WHAT?? WHAT??????

  • She sees a million dollar man sticker on a corkboard so she knows Ben is around, and smiles fondly which is kind of strange

  • Skip forward to Christmas time, she’s come home to visit her dad

  • “People can’t be trusted. I learned my lesson.” “I didn’t want you to learn that lesson.” “Too late.”

  • He suggests an Oxford exchange program - that’s London - he wants her to hook up with Ben again??

  • “Remember Agent Caulder? Ben? He’s not an agent anymore. He quit. Maybe he found something he’s more passionate about. Just a theory.” he ships it

  • When she goes on her Oxford exchange, Nessun Dorma plays, which is SUPER fitting, and I liked that

  • BEN WENT INTO THE OPERA FILMING BUSINESS. OMG. THAT’S AMAZING. Wow that’s actually cute

  • “If I kiss you, will they shoot me?” “No, but I will if you don’t” Anna. Don’t.

  • She leaves the opera with him, but lets the secret service tail after her

  • This film was cute. I enjoyed it. At least 40% of it could have been cut though