Thursday, June 18, 2009

Top 5 Romantic Comedies...According to Jen

Since Eric agreed to let me pick tonight's movie, I am going for a romantic comedy. Neither of us feel like running out to rent anything, so I thought it would be fun to go through some of our old DVDs and pick a movie we already own (since we never watch the movies we own). I have narrowed tonight's selection down to my top 5 favorite romantic comedies and I thought I would share them with all of you. Instead of writing commentaries for each, I will just share my favorite quote for each movie. I think that is more fun anyway :-)

5. Knotting Hill

Anna to Will: "The fame thing isn't really real you know. Don't forget...I'm also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her."

4. Serendipity

Dean's fake obituary for Jonathan: "Jonathan Trager, prominent TV producer for ESPN, died last night from complications of losing his soul mate...and his fiance. Soft-spoken and obsessive, Trager never looked the part of a hopeless romantic. But, in the final days of his life, he revealed an unknown side of his psyche. This hidden quasi-Jungian persona surfaced during the Agatha Christie-like pursuit of his long reputed soul mate, a woman whom he only spent a few precious hours with. Sadly, the protracted search ended late Saturday night in complete and utter failure. Yet even in certain defeat, the courageous Trager secretly clung to the belief that life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences. Uh-uh. But rather, its a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan. Asked about the loss of his dear friend, Dean Kansky, described Jonathan as a changed man in the last days of his life. "Things were clearer for him," Kansky noted. Ultimately Jonathan concluded that if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call "fatum", what we currently refer to as destiny." 

3. The Holiday

Choosing one quote from this movie was hard, but this is my favorite because it is so, so true.
Iris to Miles: "I understand feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible. And how it can actually ache in places you didn't know you had inside you. And it doesn't matter how many new haircuts you get, or gyms you join, or how many glasses of chardonnay you drink with your still go to bed every night going over every detail and wonder what you did wrong or how you could have misunderstood. And how in the hell for that brief moment you could think that you were that happy. And sometimes you can even convince yourself that he'll see the light and show up at your door. And after all that, however long all that may be, you'll go somewhere new. And you'll meet new people who make you feel worthwhile again. And little pieces of your soul will finally come back. And all that fuzzy stuff, those years of your life that you wasted, will eventually begin to fade."

2. You've Got Mail

Kathleen in an e-mail to Joe: "What will NY152 say today, I wonder. I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You've got mail. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beating of my own heart. I have mail. From you."

1. Love Actually

Okay...just one comment of my own. This is hands down my favorite romantic movie...ever.
Hugh Grant in the beginning credits of the movie: "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 full 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 you will find that love actually is all around."

So what are your favorite romantic comedies of all time? Any favorite quotes you have memorized?


  1. How to lose a guy in 10 days:
    Andie: Unattached?
    Ben: Currently.
    Andie: Likewise.
    Ben: Surprising.
    Andie: Psycho?
    Ben: Rarely, Interested?
    Andie: Perhaps.
    Ben: Hungry?
    Andie: Starving.
    Ben: Leaving?
    Andie: Now?

  2. Say Anything;
    Lloyd Dobler: What I really want to do with my life - what I want to do for a living - is I want to be with your daughter. I'm good at it.

  3. I don't know if it counts as a Romantic Comedy... it's romantic and there sure are some funny parts, but my favorite is PS I love you (or as Jeff calls it, PS I wanna kill myself after I watch this movie.)

    Holly Kennedy: That's a real honest to goodness couple right there. They've probably been together since the flood.

    Daniel Connelly: We're so arrogant, aren't we? So afraid of age, we do everything we can to prevent it. We don't realize what a privilege it is to grow old with someone. Someone who doesn't drive you to commit murder or doesn't humiliate you beyond repair.

  4. I love the movie The Cutting Edge. I must have watched it like 50 times when I was a teenager. My favorite lines are the final ones.
    Doug: Why?
    Kate: Because I love you
    Doug: Just remember who said it first.
    (Finale Kiss)

  5. "You've Got Mail" - Kathleen Kelly [in an email to Joe Fox] The odd thing about this form of communication is that you're more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.

  6. i LOVE your picks!!! the reason rob proposed to me by writing things on signs is because of "love actually" when he shows up at her door with the signs and is playing "silent night". i told him that i thought it was so cute! ooo now i want to watch that movie while i'm on the couch all day!

  7. Oh my gosh...I love all of your comments and quotes!!! I should have done a top 50 since romantic comedies are my favorite :-)

    Jenn - That scene from Love Actually is so fantastic. It gives me chills! I also love the whole scene at the school musical where that little girl is singing "All I want for Christmas" and she points once to the little boy and he smiles and then she starts pointing all around and he gets that mad little look on his face. AH!! I could go on and on. Maybe I need to watch this too.

    P.S. Give Rob some props for the proposal. Me likey :-)

  8. Linsey - I forgot to mention that the quote you chose is hilarious. If I would have done a Top 6, i would have put that movie next in line :-)

  9. Mine would be Sweet Home Alabama

    Jake: Why do you want to marry me?
    Melanie: So I can kiss you anytime I want.

    (Must be said in a southern accent)

  10. I LOVE The Holiday and Love Actually. Those are two of my fav movies! I could watch them over and over again. As far as remembering quotes...not so good at that. Deanna :)

  11. Totally agree with Love Actually. It is now one of my favorite movies of all time. I can't even tell you how many times I have watched it.

    Thanks for the great post!!

  12. Marie - Sweet Home Alabama is AWESOME!!!! Such a cute movie. The lead guy looks like my brother Adam though so I have to remember that when I start to think he is hot. AHHH!

  13. oooo, we LOVE Love Actually! All time favorite!

  14. Oh my goodness, I LOVE "Love Actually" It is my alll time favorite movie of ALL TIME! Did I say that already? Haha. Yeah, and part of my reasoning is the incredible story lines and how they all come together in the end, and how almost all of my favorite actors and actresses are in this movie! My absolute favorite is Alan Rickman *swoon*


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