Sophie’s Choice

From an article about the film Sophie’s Choice by Eric D. Snider:

“Of all the thousands of films ever made, how many have titles that became common figures of speech? A handful, maybe? Sophie’s Choice is one of them, its title now shorthand for a seemingly impossible decision between two equally attractive options. (“My best friend is getting married at the same time that my favorite band is doing their farewell concert?! What a Sophie’s choice!”) Even people who haven’t seen the movie know what the expression means, a testament to the movie’s impact on pop culture.”

There’s a perfect example of this phrase being used, beginning at about 3:15 in this video from one of my favorite shows:

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2 thoughts on “Sophie’s Choice

    • I haven’t seen the movie myself, but I know enough about it from living in a media-saturated world, that I gather it’s about a woman (played by Meryl Streep) who is forced to make a pretty unthinkable decision (I won’t spoil it for you) in Europe during WWII.

      I have to say, though, that I do use the phrase “It’s like Sophie’s Choice,” pretty regularly in conversation, so I think the point that Eric D. Snider makes here is completely true, at least for me.

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