Friday, 6 March 2015

five friday favourites...romcoms

Here are my five favourite romantic comedy movies. I included the movie summaries I found on google, just in case you have no idea what I'm talking about. Enjoy! :)

1. Bringing up Baby (1938)

The best screwball comedy of all time. It has a leopard, a dinosaur disaster and a stint in jail. Even I haven't managed to get all that into one of my books!

  1. Harried paleontologist David Huxley (Cary Grant) has to make a good impression on society matron Mrs. Random (May Robson), who is considering donating one million dollars to his museum. On the day before his wedding, Huxley meets Mrs. Random's high-spirited young niece, Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn), a madcap adventuress who immediately falls for the straitlaced scientist. The ever-growing chaos -- including a missing dinosaur bone and a pet leopard -- threatens to swallow him whole.

2. Groundhog Day (1993)

What every man needs - lots and lots of chances to get the romance right! If I ever write a book with an immortal hero I'm definitely going to include some suicide scenes, oh and a driving groundhog. Every romantic comedy needs a driving rodent. It should be a rule. :)
  1. Phil (Bill Murray), a weatherman, is out to cover the annual emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He gets caught in a blizzard that he didn't predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp. He is doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.

3. Notting Hill (1999)

The Welshman steals the show. I have decided that every romantic comedy also needs a dodgy Welshman. A Welshman and a groundhog... I still crack up at the scene where the hero is pretending to be a journalist for horse and hound. Fantastic dialogue and timing. BRILLIANTLY funny!

  1. William Thacker (Hugh Grant) is a London bookstore owner whose humdrum existence is thrown into romantic turmoil when famous American actress Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) appears in his shop. A chance encounter over spilled orange juice leads to a kiss that blossoms into a full-blown affair. As the average bloke and glamorous movie star draw closer and closer together, they struggle to reconcile their radically different lifestyles in the name of love.

4. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Love this movie, I even love the muscial remake High Society - but then who wouldn't with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby crooning away. But the original is still the best. Although it doesn't have Louis Armstrong. Damn, I can't decide which I love more...
  1. This classic romantic comedy focuses on Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn), a Philadelphia socialite who has split from her husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), due both to his drinking and to her overly demanding nature. As Tracy prepares to wed the wealthy George Kittredge (John Howard), she crosses paths with both Dexter and prying reporter Macaulay Connor (James Stewart). Unclear about her feelings for all three men, Tracy must decide whom she truly loves.

5. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

This is one of those movies that outshines the book, and it's because of the acting. Fabulously funny, irreverent and touching. I thought the scene when he throws the book out the window was brilliant. How many times have you been irate because you stayed awake to finish a book that didn't end well? I've lost count. There are quite a few books I'd like to lob out of a window!

  1. After losing his job and wife, and spending time in a mental institution, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) winds up living with his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver). He wants to rebuild his life and reunite with his wife, but his parents would be happy if he just shared their obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles. Things get complicated when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who offers to help him reconnect with his wife, if he will do something very important for her in exchange.

Okay, so that's it for romantic comedies. I might try and write a post on what I've learned from them to use in my writing. In the meantime, have a great weekend!

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