Friday, May 2, 2008

Friday Five - Romantic Comedies

There is a place you can touch a woman
that will drive her crazy. Her heart.
- from the movie Milk Money

First, as always, thanks to everyone who left a comment on last week’s Friday Five about flowers. I think it was a perfect timing to think about blossoms, given that many folks are still dealing with cold weather. It’s a good thing we have beautiful photos and a strong imagination, so we know that spring will eventually arrive!

This week’s list was really tough, not because I don’t enjoy the topic but because I perhaps enjoy it too much. It was nearly impossible to narrow my list to only five! I started by noting about fifteen sigh-inducing movies, then took out those that were romantic but not comedies (like Titanic, or Gone with the Wind.) Then I asked myself which ones I could watch over and over again. And that’s how I came up with this week’s list, which is alphabetical and not necessarily in order of preference. If you haven’t seen one that’s noted, treat yourself and rent it.

So, coming soon to a DVD player near you...

Pattie’s Top Five Romantic Comedies

1. The American President. I love a good 'opposites-attract' theme. And it was fun thinking how our country would react if a sitting president actually - gasp! - starting dating!

2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding. This one made me wish I were Greek, with a strong family tradition and lots of crazy family members. John Corbett wouldn't be so bad, either!

3. Shakespeare in Love. Ahhh... Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts. The romance in this is certainly splendid, but I also love the clever screenplay which shows us how old Bill supposedly came up with his famous lines.

4. Sleepless in Seattle (pictured above.) Who can resist the pairing of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan? Throw in that darling little boy and the An Affair to Remember theme, and I'm a goner!

5. Love Actually. This movie makes my top five list because it shows the wonders of all kinds of love, not just romantic love. The cast is fabulous, the music's fun, and it takes place at Christmas time. I'm in heaven!

So that's it for this week's Friday Five. How about you? What’s your favorite romantic comedy?

Until next time…


Cammy said...

Loved My Fat Greek Wedding!

One of my fav romantic comedies is Benny and Joon. It's a little offbeat--as are most Johnny Depp films--but it's got loads of heart.

Have a hearts & flowers weekend, Pattie!

RunningNan said...

I don't think I've seen any of them... Well, maybe Sleepless in Seattle, but if I remember correctly, I fell asleep!

Thanks for sharing!

Grumpy Chair said...

I too, would put "Love Actually" on the list but since it is already mentioned I will try to be more creative.

1. Sixteen Candles
2. When Harry Met Sally
3. Crossing Delancey
4. As Good As It Gets
5. Shall We Dance

Needled Mom said...

All time favorite would be Gone With the Wind. I also loved Sleepless, Return to Me, Witness and African Queen.

Ready to Shrink said...

Oh my faves (actually second faves I love to CRY at a movie like Hope Floats).

1) Love Actuallys (total fave)
2) 27 Dresses (new fave)
3) You've Got Mail
4) Sleepless in Seattle
5) Some Kind of Wonderful

Lora said...

hmmm...romantic comedies. All I can come up with is romantic movies period. One of my favorites is "Sommersby" (with Richard Gere & Jody Foster.) And I've always loved "The Way We Were" (Barbara streisand & Robert Redford). "Sabrina" with Harrison Ford is a great one too. you think there's pattern here? The leading men in all 3 of those movies are my all time faves (not forgetting George Clooney of course...)

Manuela said...

I LOVE While you Were Sleeping (it ain't Christmas if I haven't seen it at least once) followed by The Princess Bride, Pride and Prejudice (with the divine Colin Firth)and Annie Hall.

Only 4 but they are the ones I watch the most, La De Dah.

Take One Stripper Pole said...

I am a sports nut ... so my favorite of all time is Bull Durham. That speech Costner gives ... makes my knees weak.

Hanlie said...

I'm doing this next Friday... But I love your choices!

Kathy said...

I LOVE romantic comedies! Can we count Baby Boom? I thought Diane Keaton was so darned cute with her small town vet and the cute baby!

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Scale Junkie said...

Love Actually is one of my favorites, there are so many parts in that movie that just make me laugh out loud.

lahodges said...

My top five favorite Romantic Comedies:

1) "Pretty Woman" tops my list. I have seen it way too many times to count, and plan on seeing it many more.

2) "Overboard" Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn at their best.

3)"How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days" Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey and a hilarious plot. What more do you need?

4) "While You Were Sleeping" Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman and Peter Gallagher in a plot that is so unusual and so funny it's a must see.

5) "Ten Things I Hate About You" Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger in a Romantic Comedy that is a little wacky and warped, but even my husband loves this one.

All five of these are in our DVD collection. If you haven't seen them, you need to get your hands on a copy. They are definitely worth watching.

Becky said...

I liked all of your choices! And after reading everyone else's comments I guess my five best romantic comedies would be:
1. Baby Boom
2. Overboard
3. Love Actually
4. That Touch of Mink (love love love Cary Grant!!)
5. Sweet Home Alabama

Of course, these could change depending on which movies I've seen recently - LOL! I would include my Big Fat Greek Wedding, too, but I'm out of slots in the list...