Today I’m grateful for love. Love for my kid, for my family, for my friends and yes, even for my husband. He may have happened to mention not being included thus far in my month 0′ gratitude. And he often falls low on the list as loved ones that you know you can rely on often do. It’s easy to focus on minor annoyances and irritating habits in a marriage. I’m sure his list for me is just as long, if not longer, than mine for him. But there are many things, big and small, that I take for granted and today I recognize and am grateful for all of them. The back rubs and tech support and extra days of sleeping in. The penchant for snugs, the silly humor, the thoughtful acts too numerous to name. The creative thinking, the family time, the adoration that travels between him and the kid. The being all in, which is really what it all comes down to, IMO.
Thinking of love led me to thinking of love in the movies. Me being a geek for all things pop and culture. I am a person who believes she does not like rom coms. But last Valentine’s Day the hearts and flowers and blog posts of best romantic comedies EVER proliferated the internet and made me took a good hard look inside my prematurely hardened, black little ticker and what I discovered is I ENLARGED HEART rom coms. But only those I loved in my younger years or those with an indie slant.
Pioneer Woman Entertainment featured many of the movies on my list, but I figured you can go on over there read Big Mama and see those for yourself. Keep in mind that outside of Return to Me, Notting Hill and My Big, Fat Greek Wedding best viagra the movies in her top ten get the triple L seal of approval. That and 50 cents will get you a bullet to the grill. And keep extra specially in mind that The Philadelphia Story tops all of my lists forever and ever amen. I am after all, an unholy mess of a girl.
And, we’re off with my younger years list .
The Wedding Singer – Not made in the 80′s, but set there so it totally counts. There’s nothing not to love about this movie. Drew Barrymore is at her gentle, lovely best. Adam Sandler hits the comedic sweet spot without his typical over-the-top-ness. The music is totally radical and the ending is wholly satisfying. Plus? Billy Idol. Just sayin.
The Cutting Edge – Good lord, I love this movie. Kate Moseley with her snooty, ruffled rear saying, “Toe pick!” Rough and tumble hockey dude Doug Dorsey bringing it home as a figure skater. The chemistry between those two was smoking. Can’t argue with the hate turning to love rom com model. This movie does it well.
Some Kind of Wonderful – Possibly my favorite of all the 80′s romantic comedies, this movie has it all. Mary Stuart Masterson as Watts was what really sold it for me. Her drums playing, vulnerable badass was exactly what I, as a 18 year old weirdo, was looking to model. Again, the music = killer. I own the soundtrack. Bad. Ass. And the ending? With the kiss and the earring and the remake of Can’t Help Falling in Love? Le sigh.
Can’t Buy Me Love – Super nerd Ronald Miller rents hot girl and the cool rubs off. I have seen this movie approximately 3, 042 times and I’d watch it again right now if it were on. Of course, Patrick Dempsey grew up to drive women wild as McDreamy so it’s really no wonder he was a teenage dream.
The Sure Thing – John Cusack rules my world in anything and this was no exception. Again with the hate to love storyline and an Odd Couple from alternate universes kind of vibe. I always found Daphne Zuniga so beautiful and classy even in Spaceballs and Melrose Place.
Roxanne – Zany, sweet Steve Martin falls for the glorious and brilliant Daryl Hannah for falls for the good looking box of rocks hunk because good old Steve Cyrano’s it up and puts the words in his hunky mouth. It’s one of those rare movies where all the jokes fall just right and the zaniness balances the sweetness in exactly the right way. Perfection.
Splash – Again with the glory of Daryl Hannah, this time in mermaid form. Who can resist a luminous, blonde Amazonian mermaid? Not Tom Hanks. Not any red-blooded hetero man. All this plus John Candy and Eugene Levy. Rom is once again in balance with the com.
Say Anything – Diane + Lloyd = tru luv 4eva. This movie gets it right by showing subtly why each of the characters are unique and worthy of love. It’s a rare thing in recent romantic comedies to not be beaten over the head with UNIQUE CHARACTER TRAITS or to truly understand what each character finds compelling about the other. Diane’s social awkwardness, her beauty, her interest in the world and her morality deem her a worthy partner. Lloyd’s gentleness, subtle humor, kindness and devotion are eternally appealing. You know that moment when Lili Taylor says, If you were Diane Court would you really fall for Lloyd, and the other girls are like, yeah, we really would. That’s the moment that every other head in that movie theater is nodding right along with them. I know I was.
Clueless – Fantastic on so many levels, this distinctly 90′s movie is another example of a film that nailed the chemistry between the love interests. You really pulled for this couple, even though they are sort of technically related. Actually all three of the main characters fit perfectly into their respective relationships without being too sugary sweet. And oh, the dialogue and the fashion.
L.A. Story – Possibly my favorite movie of all time, certainly in my top five, this is Steve Martin at his zany, sensitive, intellectual finest. It’s a love story to L.A., parody style. It’s actually more of a roast because although the jokes may skewer the heart and sould of the City of Angels, it’s done with clear and obvious love. The humor is by turns, absurdist and wacky. The love story is believable and touching. The search for depth and meaning in a life mired in a shallow pool makes you think and evaluate and feel, if not all, at least many of the things. This line sums it up entirely for me, “A kiss may not be the truth, but it is what we wish were true.” Ah, love.