For my deaf readers, this is what he says in the clip:
"Excuse me, I'm sorry."
"Hi, uh. Do you remember me from the hallway upstairs? You dropped your pen." [She says nothing.]
"Um. Would you like to have a cup of coffee?" [She looks over his shoulder at a cardboard cutout of him.]
"Ah, right. Um. Well, we could bring him along if you want. Double your pleasure."[She signs her response.]
"I'm sorry. I..."
But what is she saying? What I'm seeing is that she's telling him it will "never work". Can you tell me more of what she's saying?
I'd also like to know what you think of the fact that Jennifer Aniston's character Eloise isn't actually deaf? I kept waiting for the movie to fill us in on how Eloise knows ASL. But that question is never answered in the film. At one point she and Aaron Eckhart's character go visit her mother and I'm thinking "Aha! Her mother must be deaf." But no, that wasn't the case. When the film has been seen in its entirety, the scene with her mother seems totally unnecessary. I left the theatre wondering if a subplot or two were left on the cutting room floor.
One review says "Learn from Jennifer Aniston a smart way to dodge Aaron Eckhart's approach through a new clip from Brandon Camp-directed romantic drama." Oh right, so young beautiful girls will now be learning sign language to discourage unwanted romantic attention. To me this whole scenario implies that there's something unattractive or off putting about being deaf.
Here's a comment from Jennifer herself on the scene. The source is an online article about an interview she did with Good Morning America on September 9th.
During one scene in the movie, Eloise pretends to be deaf to ward off the advances of Dr. Burke Ryan (Aaron Eckhart). Mathison asks Jennifer if she herself has ever pretended to be deaf to get rid of a guy and Aniston replies, "No, I have not, but I thought that was kind of clever."What do you think?