The reason for this post is because I’ve recently celebrated my anniversary with Michael. Feel free to either gush or puke here. But, it also got me thinking about movies since soon enough the humidity will be at reasonable levels, and it’s sounding nicer and nicer to cuddle in front of a movie. Also, Michael and I are like a romantic comedy. I like to think we’re funny or put each other in funny situations in our romantic relationship.
When Harry Met Sally
All hail, Nora Ephron and Rob Reiner!
If you only know the iconic scene in Katz’s Deli where Meg Ryan stuns the entire restaurant with an orgasmic performance, you don’t know all that this wonderful movie entails. However, that is and always will be a fantastic scene, and a giant reason why I dragged my parents to the deli on my first trip to New York City. (It’s also where I discovered I didn’t like every kind of pickle on this earth.) The reasons I like this movie most of all, and can watch it over and over, is the banter between characters. Of course Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal have it, but so do Crystal and Bruno Kirby. Take the scene where Harry and Jess are at the Mets game talking about relationships and also having to stand up for the wave. It’s brilliant because it’s normal: Men talking about their relationships at a ball game. Oh, and the New Year’s scene? I’ve got watery eyes just thinking about it.
I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
Away We Go
This movie stars John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph, and maybe it’s not a romantic comedy in the sense that the main couple is falling in love. However, I’m categorizing it so because they are a couple, do have squabbles like a real couple, and are romantic and funny at different moments. My favorite scenes include any time Krasinski’s character Burt does his insurance calls in a deep, radio-like voice. I also love when Verona (Rudolph) is in the showroom bathtub with her sister. Also, the supporting cast has amazing stories of their own. Verona and Burt’s time in Montreal is so fantastic. Just try and find a YouTube clip of Chris Messina’s analogy on love and building a home. It will make you want to watch the whole movie. A bonus is the soundtrack. It’s saved on my Spotify because it’s worth listening to again and again.
Look at him. I’m about to have a baby that might have three hands or a shovel for a head, and the thing he’s most concerned about is whether or not I’m gonna keep my boobs.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
I definitely have watched this movie again and again. And again. I have not, however, seen the sequel, but I’m sure I’d enjoy it. The original is great because, again, the supporting characters are so funny themselves, and there are so many memorable lines. For example, “We may be lambs in the kitchen, but we’re tigers in the bed.” Or, “Put some Windex on it.” The plot line also really moves through time, and you see the development of a crush into dating into engagement into the big, Greek wedding. I also really like it because Toula doesn’t start out as a strong female character, but it’s not a cliche transition into a beautiful butterfly. You see her struggling with contacts and makeup, like any other teenager or woman has. Can Nia Vardalos be my fairy godmother?
Nice Greek girls who don’t find a husband, work in the family restaurant. So here I am, day after day, year after year, thirty and way past my expiration date.
I realized while making my list that all my favorites have something in common. None of them feature young love. Not one of the main characters is a teenager. Heck, no one is even a twenty-something like me. So why do I love these movies and characters so much? I believe it comes down to aspiring to have romantic feelings resembling the movies. These aren’t princesses and fairytales, though. These movies I picked are more substantial than imaginary. I like the scenes when the people are normal. Like Harry and Sally watching Casablanca together but in their own apartments. I like to think people like Burt and Verona or Toula and Ian could have met and could make their love last.