I Don’t Like Romance ….Movies

15 Jun

Confession time: I loathe most romance movies. It’s not because I have a cold, tiny heart (no matter what my exes might say), but rather the things that Hollywood wants to tell me are romantic….well aren’t.

I find nothing romantic about the hero/heroine dying in the first ten minutes of the movie and then slogging through 120 mins more of the Agony of the One Left Behind. I require explosions or epic stories in my dramas.

Likewise, most rom coms leave me feeling stabbity. Most lack chemistry, the jokes feel contrived and they are always about 90 mins tooooo long.

But before I get ousted from RomanceLandia (Where Romance Lives!) I can admit to loving a token few romance movies:

1. Ladyhawke (1985): Cursed, unfilled love at it’s best. I love this movie. It’s *gasp* a drama and *double gasp* a period piece with Rutger Hauer as the hero and Michelle Pfeiffer as the heroine. It’s got shapeshifting! Magic! And a villain you just want to junk punch.

2. Zach and Miri Make a Porno (2008): The title is so suggestive that it scared people off — and I won’t lie, there’s nudity and lots of foul language — but this movie is amazing. It’s a friends to lovers romp that’s sweet and funny in ways I can’t even describe. And while they do indeed set out to make a porno, they fall in love along the way.

3. Love Actually (2003): Big ensemble cast of British people following in love at Christmas time. This movie is beautiful, funny, sweet, sexy and taught me why women continue to fangirl over Colin Firth (good grief his shoulders). This movie is so amazeballs that Hollywood continues to try to remake it (Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve) and fails to recapture the magic. I don’t care that it’s a Xmas movie, I will watch it any day, all day long.

Truthfully, I’d love to love more Romance Movies and I’m open to suggestions….if you have any?



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3 Responses to “I Don’t Like Romance ….Movies”

  1. Michelle June 15, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Have you seen “Dogfight” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101748/) starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor? It’s one of the most realistic romantic comedies I’ve ever seen. The guy is a Marine about to be shipped out to Vietnam (cue asshole-r-us behavior) and the girl is chunky waitress in San Francisco.

    Neither character is leading man/lady material and I think that’s why it works for me.

  2. Shauna June 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    I love romantic comedies, but am in no way upset by your taste. One ofmy favorites is Notting Hill. Just sweet. One I absolutely hate is Serendipity. Girl writes her phone number in a book she’s trading in at a used bookstore and the guy spends years trying to find her? All I thought was bitch! But I will admit the romantic comedies I’ve seen I the past couple years have been just bad. Don’t know they’re just missing something.

  3. shannonemmel June 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Definitely “Love Actually” ( your choice) and Notting Hill which Shauna mentioned above.
    The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Jude Law
    Sense and Sensibility (with Alan Rickman and a huge ensemble cast)
    Kate & Leopold, with Meg Ryan & Hugh Jackman
    Untamed Hearts with Marisa Tomei & Christian Slater
    “Because I Said So” with Diane Keaton & Mandy Moore
    “Under the Tuscan Sun” – with Diane Lane

    I could go on…but that’s a pretty good start!



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