What makes a movie romantic? What is it that draws us in and keeps us glued to our seats, mindlessly munching buttery, artery clogging popcorn as we wait, breathlessly, for that final ‘aw’ inspiring scene? That moment we know our time was well spent because we finally got our happily-ever-after fix.
The lead actor and actress have to be believable, for one thing. Some very talented people in the industry would be ill-cast in a romance. Can you imagine swooning over someone like PeeWee Herman? Of course I never thought Adam Sandler had it in him either until I saw him in 50 First Dates. And speaking of Adam Sandler, all I can say about his performance in Reign Over Me is…wow!!! Well, well worth your time to watch!
But back to the subject at hand…
The guy can’t be a jerk. Or if he is, he has to be changed by the end of the movie. Same for the woman. Sometimes, when we’re talking movies like Kate & Leopold we can only hope the guy doesn’t change. Not even a little. Leopold was perfect, start to finish and I think if we ladies could find a real-life Leopold to give lessons to ‘normal’ guys, we’d all be happier. Maybe we could get Hugh Jackman to be the instructor. Hugh Jackman would make me very happy.
But let’s get to my top three for today (and that top three could change in an instant, as soon as I remember other romances I love).
In third place, and I’m surprised I’m including this at all, is A Walk to Remember. Usually I prefer a different sort of ending, but I’ll be good and not give away too much, for those who haven’t seen it yet. Let me just say I’ll be watching it periodically for years. Or until my DVD wears out.
I wanted to post a specific scene but every video was embedded (which is extremely annoying!). So I had to settle for the trailer.
It’s really a toss up for second place. Both star Sandra Bullock. She is one of my very favorite actresses and I own more of her movies than I can even remember.
The Proposal shot to the favorites list the moment my daughter and I saw it at the theater. What’s not to like about this romantic comedy? I mean, c’mon. It stars Ryan Reynolds. It has some of the funniest scenes I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching, most notably the ‘chant’ scene with Betty White. However, please note that this movie is not suitable for all ages.
And the top spot goes to…My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. I’ve loved this movie since first seeing it maybe two years ago. In fact, I loved it so much I watched it three times in as many days. The ending is absolutely fabulous!
So now that I’ve shared with you some scenes from a few of my favorite romantic movies, I hope you’ll share your top three picks with me. Chances are they will make my favorites list, too.