Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Endings

I’m a romance movieaholic. I admit it; can even say I’m proud of it. I’ve been one all my life and don’t intend to change. I’m a sucker for a happy ending. This dovetails well with being a romance reader and writer. My husband often accuses me of living in the land of white fluffy clouds and happily ever afters.

I don’t attend theaters or watch movies on TV to learn something. If I happen to get smarter because I did watch then that’s gravy on top of what I’m really watching one for- which is to escape. I want to go to another place, be a part of someone else’s life, watch someone else have problems, and find love. I want the high of a happy ending.
It’s cheap, nonfatting, heart racing, and the only addiction I know of that makes you feel good. What could be the down side?
Below are some of my favorite romance movies:

Rebecca-even in black and white it’s wonderful and makes a great romantic date movie
Gone with the Wind- okay, I put it here because no romance list is complete without it

Chasing Liberty-this is more of a teen flick, but conflict both internal and external is great in this movie, plus Matthew Goode is easy to look at and his accent makes you wish he would whisper in your ear

Bridget Jones—both One and Two-I love her because she has issues that a man can learn to love

Sabrina- Bogies version and Harrison’s –a classic both ways

Wedding Date-check it out—Deborah Messing and Dylan McDermott –both characters have issues that the other helps them realize

Pride and Prejudice—with any actor/actress, in black or white or color- always great

10 Things I Hate About You—Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Screw” in teenage form- it is entertaining.

I would love to hear what you think of these movies or which ones you would add to the list.

My goal is to see how many chick-flicks I can see this year starting with the new Harry Connick, Jr. and Renee Zellweger movie : NEW IN TOWN. I’ll let you know if it will be added to my list.

Media and romance walking hand-in-hand into the sun set. Oh, another happy ending.


Debbie Kaufman said...

Well, it's kinda hard not to like Pretty Woman but, I also enjoy Romancing the Stone, You've Got Mail, and most versions of Taming of the Shrew!

Cat Schield said...

One of my all time favorites is Gigi. Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier. Directed by Vince Minnelli. Music, humor, romance. It's a classic!

CiCi Barnes said...

You've already mentioned the all-time great - GWTW, so I'll move on to my next favorite.

The Lake House: Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. They have such chemistry on screen and it's such a love story. The bar where Sandra meets her friend? I go there every year around Christmas and know the bartender who waited on her in the film. After seeing the movie, I asked for his autograph. He signed a coaster for me.

Somewhere in Time: Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. What that man would go through to be with his love! Wow!

If I keep going, I won't have time for my WIP, so I'll stop and let someone else add to the list.

Great choices, Susan, and you're right. The best thing is the escape. Learning is extra.


Cyrano said...

I happen to be a big fan of ten things I hate about you. Heath Ledger (before the blonde waves) is so perfectly prickly and loveable you can't help but root for him.
I also love Chasing Liberty! Mandy Moore should always be a brunette and you're right about Mathew Goode, brittish sugar. He was also in an alternative movie that I really enjoyed. It's called Imagine me and you. He's getting married to a girl in the opening scene, she's walking down the isle to meet him at the alter and her eyes meet with the florists. There's an immediate connection there. But the florist is a woman. Like I said, it's alternative, but it's really good.
Kiera's Pride and Predjudice is my favorite. At the end of the movie, Darcy walking puposely toward Elizabeth...ohhh how magnificent.
I love movies, probably too much. I have a bad habit of watching them and not writing. (Don't frown, I'm working hard to remedy that little problem)
But since we're mentioning great romances, I just wanted to say that the book I'm reading now, called Seduce me at Sunrise, by Lisa Kleypas is fantastic. Meripen, the hero would go to the ends of the earth and back for Win, just like Christopher Reeves in Somewhere in time (GREAT flick by the way CiCi.)
I love romance!!
Wether I read it in books, watch it in the movies or have it whispered in my ear by my darling husband, love is a beautiful thing!
Let's keep writing about it so that others will benifit from it as well.
Have a lovely week Susan,

Sally Kilpatrick said...

Great post, Susan! We can all learn from romantic movies. I've always loved Ten Things, and here are a few more.

The Mummy--Brendan Fraiser is hot, and I love the part where Rachel Weisz is drunk and saying she is proud to be who she is: a librarian.

Sense and Sensibility--Emma Thompson rocks

Love Actually--Emma still rocks, but Colin Firth and his Portuguese cutie steal the show.

The Princess Bride--still have a crush on Cary Elwes

Beauty and the Beast--I admit it, I have a crush on an animated prince

Enchanted--what a tight, wonderful story and, as you put it, Patrick Dempsey is easy on the eyes

When Harry Met Sally--I like the heroine for some reason ;) Oh, and Harry Connick, Jr. does the soundtrack--I go watch him sing/read the phonebook

Pirates of the Carribbean--yes, I know it's adventure, but that last moment of "No, he's a pirate." was so sexy.

Okay, I'll stop now.

Linsey Lanier said...


My favorite from your list has to be the Bridget Jones movies. That was my intro to chick lit. I love Renee Zellweger and am looking forward to her new movie, too.

"Titanic" was a classic, though it doesn't have a happy ending. PBS just aired an adaptation of "Wuthering Heights," which was pretty good, if you're counting TV movies. (Also, not really a happy ending there.) They will also be airing some Jane Austin in the near future.

I'm lucky enough to have a husband who loves to watch mushy movies with me!

I also like "You've Got Mail." And let's not forget "When Sally Met Harry," with the famous "I'll have what she's having scene." :) Oh, I see Sally mentioned that one.


susan said...

I rushed home to see what you ladies thought. You didn't disappoint. Thanks.

Ana Aragón said...


Can I still pipe in here? My favorite? Casablanca--Rick Blaine and Ilsa of the greatest love stories of all time!

Number 2: Bull Durham. Nothing more sexy than Kevin Costner giving Susan Sarandon a pedicure.

Number 3: When Harry Met Sally. That great scene in the restaurant.


Cinthia Hamer said...

Great topic, Susan! I'm with you...I love a happy ending and don't mind admitting it.

One of my all time favorite movies is Enchanted April. You can't even get it on DVD yet...but I watched my VHS copy until I wore it out.

4 very different English women rent a castle in Tuscany for the month of April. Before the month is out they discover they have more in common than they ever imagined--and find (or rediscover) love along the way.

Don't Tell Her It's Me (aka The Boyfriend School). Steve Guttenberg at his sexiest. Gus is recovering from cancer and believes he'll never find love, until his wacky romance novelist sister turns him into a hearthrob, then works her wiles on a tabloid newspaper columnist.

Two Jane Austen adaptations I love (besides P&P!) are Emma (the version with Gwyneth Paltrow) and Sense & Sensibility (Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant)

Tami Brothers said...

Hey Susan,

I am soo looking forward to watching New In Town. That looks so funny. I may have to go by myself (hubby and son NOT interested), but I'm definitely going...

Everyone mentioned all my favorites, but I just saw the movie, Paul Blart: Mall Cop on Sunday. That was hilarious and had a really neat romance. My son and husband even liked it. Check it out if you get the chance!!!

Tami Brothers

Carol Burnside said...

Great blog, Susan. One I haven't seen mentioned is Return To Me. It has such wonderful characters and there are roadblocks aplenty for the couple, but love prevails in the end.

Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, and Sabrina are also favs of mine. :)

Anna Steffl said...

This got me thinking!

My all-time "normal" character fave is the BBC P&P with Ehle and Firth. Yeah, I know that Austen is loaded with goofy characters, but they just serve as foils for the delightful main characters.

My "whacky" character faves are Amelie and Secretary.