Thursday, July 2, 2009

Romantic Comedy Passion

The romantic comedy is truly a treasure in films and in literature. It takes the idea of man and woman falling in love, adds obstacles, humor and mishaps to create a story that will make you laugh and cry, over and over again. As I sat down to write today's passionate love stories, I found myself torn between so many different fantastic movies: romantic comedies all of them. I was able to find clips for some and not for others. But I invite you to pull up a chair, kick back and enjoy these wonderful, romantic comedy couples and the passionate love they shared.

Kate and Leopold: Can't Live a Fairy Tale

You absolutely cannot go wrong with Hugh Jackman as your leading man. I read a great article a few weeks ago that described Hugh as the paperback hero for the 21st century. All I can say to that is Yum! Believe or not, Kate and Leopold was not my first choice for his romantic comedy (Someone Like You actually tops that list). Yet this scene reminds of how to not only court a lady, but how jaded we have all become about romance, passionate or otherwise. Kate has given up on love and the fairy tale, like other time-traveling romance, Leopold only has a short time to change her mind.



The Runaway Bride: The Power of a Prosposal

Graham (Richard Gere) is a jaded, big city reporter who lives with his cat Italics (seriously awesome name for a cat). He writes a scathing column about Maggie Carpenter, a woman who's run from three separate weddings and now is engaged for her fourth. Maggie (Julia Roberts) takes exception and writes a scathing letter of her own, pointing out all the factual errors. Thus the stage is set for a rather everyday romance that manages to become something extraordinary. Maggie, like so many women, remakes herself for every potential husband, thus none get to know the real her. When it's time to marry, she bolts. Graham does get to know the real her and they genuinely fall in love, but cold feet send her running again. But this time, she comes back.




America's Sweethearts: Passionate Declaration

This film is so off-the wall wonderful with a stellar cast and even more stellar love story. Julia Roberts is Kiki, the younger sister of Catherine Zeta-Jones delightfully bitchy Gwen. Gwen and Eddie (John Cusack) shared a Hollywood romance and marriage. When Gwen dumped Eddie, the public started hating her and Eddie mourned their failed romance (he even crashed into her dates, literally). But now their final film together is opening and Billy Crystal manipulates everything to get them in the same place for the publicity junket. Amidst the insults and the hilarity, Eddie opens his eyes to see what a jewel Kiki is -- and discovers that what he wanted in Gwen never actually existed -- Kiki is the woman he loves.



Sweet Home Alabama: Butting Heads


Finally, our last entry in the passionate romantic comedy: Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas as the passionately estranged married couple. She has to go back to her home town to get a divorce from him in order to marry her fiance, but soon all her lies begin to trip her up even as she struggles with just how much she's still in love with her ex. I chose this scene, because their button pushing passion is evident in every word they speak.




Romance should be all the things shown here: fairy tale, sweet, passionate, tempestuous and out of control. It should literally knock you off your feet with emotion.

Tell me, what romantic comedy couple are you passionate about?

2 comments:

  1. Kate & Leopold and Someone Like You are two of my very favorite romances.

    Hugh Jackman is a brilliant romantic lead. Who couldn't fall in love with him?

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  2. Seriously -- Hugh is definitely my version of the paperback hero!

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