CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tom and Jessica King didn't think much of the movie "The Guilt Trip."
They weren't the only ones. The 2012 Barbra Streisand-Seth Rogen comedy disappointed at the box office and even earned Streisand a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for worst actress. (Streisand "lost" to Kristen Stewart for "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2.")
Just the same, Jessica said, even a so-so movie can still be fun -- for the right people.
They're both professional clowns; members in good standing with Clowns of America International, an arts organization that supports clowning and professional and amateur clowns.
Tom, a past president of the group, has been a performer for more than 25 years.
They know how to make each other laugh.
"Tom isn't afraid to talk through a movie," Jessica said and then looked over at her husband.
The 67-year-old nodded and grinned.
"We were at the theater in Huntington and he was making fun of some ladies sitting near us," she said.
But then there was a lull in the jokes.
She said, "A little while later, I hear what sounds like he's snoring."
Fun was fun, but Jessica finally told him, "If you're bored, we can go."
Tom shook his head, uncommitted.
She asked him, "Yes or no?"
Tom said nothing. He just looked at her, bewildered.
"Say anything," Jessica demanded.
But Tom couldn't. In that darkened theater, he'd suffered a stroke.
"It was the weirdest feeling," she said. "Being in the movie theater with all of those people and feeling all alone."
Tom doesn't remember the stroke and he doesn't say much about it. Over a year since the stroke, Tom struggles with short phrases.
Rather than impairing his motor control or his memory, the stroke wreaked havoc with the part of Tom's brain that controls communication. It's unbalanced. He's able to follow conversation, but has trouble joining in. The words don't come -- even writing them out can be a struggle.
The condition is called aphasia. It's usually brought on by brain injury. Some form of aphasia occurs in 30 percent of all strokes. Types of aphasia include a loss of speech, the inability to understand spoken language and the loss of reading and/or writing skills.
"More people have aphasia than have Parkinson's disease," Jessica said.
"We don't have Fox," Tom said adamantly.
His wife translated.
"We just don't have a Michael J. Fox to be the face of it."
Her husband nodded.
Recovery for Tom has been steady and is ongoing. He was hospitalized for weeks. During that time, he and Jessica reconsidered where their relationship was. They'd worked, dated and then lived together for several years. The crisis put things into perspective.
They married in April.
"He'd just got home from the hospital," Jessica said. "We came home on a Sunday. I bought the dress and planned the thing inside of a week. A friend of a friend married us and wrote the vows so Tom wouldn't have to say anything."