If you didn’t know this about me, I am a hopeless romantic. I love, love. I honestly believe that you can have have the kind of love that weakens the soul, that makes us reach for more, that plants fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. Ok, I just stole that line from “The Notebook,” but still, I think real life should be just like the ending of all great romantic movies; comedies or otherwise. The prostite should for sure end up with the rich business man (Pretty Woman), I think that you should be able to fall in love with the man who made you go out of business, all while having a relationshp with him over dial up (You’ve got mail), I even believe that you can leave your fiance the night before your wedding because you found a book with a girls name and phone number in it that you met 10 years prior for 2 hours (Serendipity). Ahh, Love! My love for love has naturally translated into a love for a good romantic movie, I’m partial to the romatic comedy. Although I am always interested in checking out the lasted “Rom Com” as Teddy calls it, I have over the years put together a rotation of about 10 of my favorite rom coms that I continually watch. Ted finds this trait of mine overwhelmingly irritating, but there is something about watching these movies over and over again that makes me happy. The story never gets old, the ending really never gets old. So what if I’ve seen Father of the Bride approximately 1,000 times minimally in my lifetime, I love it each time. In no particular order here are my 10:
1. Father of the Bride
3. Pretty Woman
4. Love Actually
5. You’ve Got Mail or Sleepless in Seattle – pretty much the same movie.
6. Something’s Gotta Give
7. While You Were Sleeping
8. Bridget’s Jones Diary
9. The Wedding Planner
10. Runaway Bride
…and just because I can’t forget a few classics (my definition of classics) I have to throw in; When Harry Met Sally, The American President & There’s Something About Mary.
Last weekend I saw a new rom com that is now potentially in the running to be in my rotation of 10 once it comes out on DVD. “Something Borrowed” was a fantastic movie with all the ingredients that makes for the perfect romantic comedy; love, laughter and a happy ending. If you aren’t a hopeless romantic like I am, I recommend you go see this movie anyway for this reason alone…
I didn’t realize that “Something Borrowed” was a book with a series of stories to follow, so I am now reading the next installment, cleaverly title “Something Blue.” Of course I’m loving it and hoping that Mr. Hottie (see picture above) will revive his roll for a sequel. If you are looking for a nice light read check out these two books by Emily Griffin. I’m a huge fan.
So I’ll leave my few but loyal Lo Down readers with some of my favorite romantic comedy quotes,
From Love Actually: Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.
From Runaway Bride: I guarantee there’ll be tough times. I guarantee that at some point one or of both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I will regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you’re the one for me.
The Wedding Planner: I barely know you. I don’t know your dad’s first name, I don’t know if you ever wore braces, or contacts, or glasses and I have no idea how you came to be a wedding planner, Mary. But I do know the curves of your face. And I know every fleck of gold in your eyes. I know that the night at the park was the best time I’ve ever had. Pl-please say something.
While You Were Sleeping: Do you believe in love at first sight? Nah, I betcha don’t, you’re probably too sensible for that. Or have you ever, like, seen somebody? And you knew that, if only that person *really* knew you, they would, well, they would of course dump the perfect model that they were with, and realize that YOU were the one that they wanted to, just, grow old with. Have you ever fallen in love with someone you haven’t even talked to? Have you ever been so alone you spend the night confusing a man in a coma?
The Notebook (and my favorite quote maybe, ever): Well that’s what we do. We fight. You tell me when I’m being an arrogant son of a bitch and I tell you when you are being a pain in the ass. Which you are 99% of the time. I’m not afraid to hurt your feelings. You have like a two second rebound rate and your back do doing the next pain in the ass thing. So it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be really hard. And we’re going to have to work at this every day. But I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me every day.