50 Best Romance Movies of the 1990's
When Sam (Patrick Swayze) is killed by a mugger, he's left in some kind of limbo here on earth, able to witness events but unable to communicate with the living. He turns to Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg), a wacky spiritual advisor, to help track down his killer and protect his distraught girlfriend, Molly (Demi Moore). Ghost is melodramatic and spiritually simplistic, but the combination of comedy, thrills, and mushy romance will be irresistible to some. While it doesn't explain why bad things happen to good people, it tries to reassure us that good people can find divine justice. Some may enjoy seeing how love can conquer all - even murder. ” - reh3959
Tom Hanks plays a man named Joe who thinks he is dying. So he is convinced to jump into a volcano on a very remote island. His work partner is played by Meg Ryan who also plays the part of the captain of the boat that is supposed to take him to the island. She plays a third part as well, a spoiled daughter of a rich man who want to send Joe to the volcano. But while she is bringing him to the island, love steps in and take over. The ending is great, so go out and rent yourself this movie ” - reh3959
The love story of hooker with a heart of gold, Vivian (Julia Roberts), and a stoic, detached, wealthy business mogul, Edward (Richard Gere), who treats all facets of life like a business merger. Vivian is a charismatic, "innocent" prostitute looking to make ends meet. Driving along the Hollywood strip one night, Edward stops and asks Vivian for directions. She drives him back to his hotel and stays the night. Bemused by her company, Edward hires her for the week at a rate of $3,000. Predictably, their relationship develops into more than that of employer/employee. Despite its formulaic plot, the movie succeeds, due in part to the clever script and the performances of Roberts, Laura San Giacomo, and Hector Elizondo as the hotel concierge. ” - reh3959
The tale told by Beauty and the Beast is an old one, dating back centuries. As a romance, Beauty and the Beast is a delightful confection, creating a pair of memorable, three-dimensional characters and giving us reason to root for their union. Belle is strong-willed, independent, and smart. The Beast, despite his frightening appearance, isn't as terrible as he first appears. Inside of him beats the heart of a true hero, and, in an act of self-sacrifice when he risks his life for Belle, he displays his true nature. ” - reh3959
Daniel Miller (Brooks) is a rather ordinary man who dies in a car accident one day on his birthday. Shortly thereafter, he appears in a place called Judgment City in which he learns he is to be on trial for the next four days to defend his life. While in Judgment City, Daniel meets an attractive young woman named Julia (Streep), who is also on trial. Julia seems destined to go to Heaven, since she lead an incredibly good life. The two quickly fall in love. ” - reh3959
Every good relationship has two sides. A conservative cad (Kevin Bacon) and a mild-mannered liberal (Elizabeth Perkins) are journalists whose views differ on just about everything. But when they're pitted against each other in competing newspaper columns and a hit television show, they discover they have one thing in common -- they're in love. "He Said," the first half of the film presents Dan's view of their work and love life. "She Said," the second half covers the same timeframe from Lorie's perspective. This is a snappy, scrappy comedy about some of the universal problems which plague romantic relationships due to different perceptions of conversation, feelings, love, work, fantasy, sex, and commitment. ” - reh3959
Holly Hunter is Renata Bella, an aimless Bostonian thirtysomething who attends a seminar for aspiring condo salespersons. Here she meets hotshot salesman Sam Sharpe (Richard Dreyfuss), who immediately falls in love with her. After the marriage, Sam's well-meaning but obnoxious insistence on insinuating himself into every aspect of Renata's life rubs the rest of her family the wrong way. Though the script occasionally veers into both cliché and sentimentality, Once Around ends up a thoroughly charming experience thanks the marvelous chemistry between Hunter and Dreyfuss. ” - reh3959
In 1939, Dan McCormick (Mel Gibson), a dashing U.S. government test pilot, fears only one thing: how to propose marriage to his patient childhood sweetheart. When she's hit by a car and falls into a coma, Dan, an orphan, declares he has nothing else to live for, so he volunteers for a groundbreaking experiment in suspended animation carried out by his scientist buddy. Cut to the 1990s. Two mischievous boys living near the Army base find the warehoused, forgotten metal capsule in which McCormick is frozen. They accidentally release him, then run in terror. The disoriented Dan, finding the ID left behind by 10-year-old Nat (Elijah Wood), shows up at the boy's house. Dan ends up charming Nat's single mom, a nurse (Jamie Lee Curtis), with his old-school gentlemanly manners and bravery. But locating somebody, anybody, from Dan's remote past becomes crucial when the medical side effects of his long hibernation set in.
Most of this handsomely filmed Rip Van Winkle takeoff goes predictably but entertainingly from point A to point B. Ultimately it turns out to be more a tearjerker romance than gee-whiz sci-fi, but holds the interest anyhow and works nicely for young and old viewers alike. Pacing is snappy, the actors are fun, and the attitude pleasantly old-fashioned -- you could pretty much imagine Fovever Young playing theater screens along with all the other Hollywood corn in 1939, with little censorship fuss. ” - reh3959
Paul, a nerdy biochemist who seems to not be able to relate to the modern woman, as his lack of a dating life would attest to. After much urging by his buddies, Paul consults Madame Ruth (Anne Bancroft), a medium to tell him his future in love, and seeing that he might be a lost cause if left to his own devices, she gives him a sample of something called "Love Potion No. 8". One taste will make him irresistible to any woman who hears his voice for up to four hours. He is skeptical at first, but after seeing it work for his cat, he decides to go in on an experiment with his geeky lady friend, Diane (Sandra Bullock), to test out just how well it works for two people who have always been unlucky in love up to that point. You know what they say about being careful what you wish for...
I won't go so far out on a limb by calling Love Potion No. 9 to be a great film, but for someone into light, romantic comedies, I'd say this one is successful for some no-hassle entertainment. Although a bit early in her career, Sandra Bullock shows much of the same appeal here she would in her later, more financially successful comedies, in the first of her "ugly duckling turns beautiful swan" roles. Donovan and Bullock work well together, having a natural chemistry of their own.
It's cute, it's funny, and entertaining in the most modest of fashions, so if you're a fan of Bullock, or just silly romantic comedies in general, keep your expectations reasonably low and enjoy this clever and amusing diversion. ” - reh3959
While McCarthy acts like a jerk throughout, it's painfully obvious Helen Hunt, the beleaguered girl from the travel agent's who wouldn't refund his money in the first reel and pops up throughout doing photographs for the brochure, is his soulmate. McCarthy does his King of Pudgy Smarm routine, Preston, with her wonderfully opportunist smile, and the ever-dependable Hunt give good value.
Light and humorous is probably the best way to describe it. It's the kind of movie that you can just sit down and enjoy without having to think about it, and believe me you will enjoy it. ” - reh3959
In a strange way, Prelude to a Kiss follows the traditional pattern of a romance: the characters meet, fall in love, are torn apart by plot complications, then find their way back to each other in the end. The difference here is that the "plot complications" are far from the norm (a category typically populated by ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, betrayal, jealousy, emotional withdrawal, etc.), at their wedding and old man approaches Rita and asks to kiss her as a means of congratulations. She agrees, and, when their lips meet, a transference takes place. Suddenly, Rita finds herself in the old man's body while his essence inhabits her form. When Peter and Rita head off on their Jamaican honeymoon, she is literally not the girl he fell in love with.
An obvious issue addressed by Prelude to a Kiss (and it's provocative, albeit far from original) is the unimportance of physical appearance to the notion of true love. Certainly, we are often attracted to others because of the way they act and look, but, once we get to know them, how significant are such superficial matters? Prelude to a Kiss argues both sides of the issue, and comes up with the answer we would prefer. Peter loves Rita because of who she is, not because of what she looks like. Consequently, his interaction with the old man (when Rita is in that body) shows a boundless tenderness. The film offers an ending that is satisfying, cathartic, and poignant. Prelude explores the issue of love in a way that will encourage many viewers to examine what the emotion means to them. Too few motion pictures cause us to think and feel this deeply. ” - reh3959
Frank Farmer, a retired secret service man who is haunted by the fact that he wasn?t on duty to protect President Reagan when he was shot at. Now he works as a bodyguard for high-profile clients, and has a reputation for getting the job done. When singer and actress Rachel Marron starts receiving threatening letters, her manager hires Farmer to supervise her protection. Rachel is a difficult client that fully justifies Farmer?s preference not to work for celebrities, and his position is made more difficult because Rachel is being kept in the dark about the extent of the threat to her.
Superficial but pleasant romantic thriller that lacks substance but has a certain charm. It shouldn?t work but somehow gets away with it. Although almost everything about this film is substandard, taken together as a package it does work. somehow this became one of the most successful movies of its year and it does have a charm that is hard to explain. ” - reh3959
Anthony Hopkins is outstanding as Mr. Stevens, the proud butler of Lord Darlington's estate, which has been known to host a variety of Britain's most important people. Most of the film is told in flashback to the years shortly before the second World War, where some important people met with German officials in order to find a peaceful solution to their troubles at any cost. Surrounding the political intrigue is the awkward relationship between the always proper Stevens and the more informal housekeeper, Miss Kenton, who likes to speak her mind, mostly to Stevens' disapproving ear.
Mostly, it's a study of one man's self-imposed repression, but also a country still wrapped in tradition, where doing the noble thing didn't always coincide with what was the best thing. This is the time when England had to choose between gentlemanly complacency or bold interference, contenting themselves on the maintenance of a measured outward appearance, while inside the feelings are hard to keep swallowed down.
The Remains of the Day is a quiet film, thoughtful in every detail, subtle in every feeling. It may be a film that some find slow, but for those who enjoy intelligent films or costume dramas, you'll be hard pressed to find anything to dislike in the entire production. ” - reh3959
8-year old Jonah Baldwin (Ross Malinger) misses his mother, who died from cancer eighteen months ago. More than that, however, he recognizes that his father, Sam (Tom Hanks), is desperately lonely. So, on Christmas Eve, Jonah calls a radio talk-show psychologist and asks for help. Forced onto the phone by his son and identified as "Sleepless in Seattle", Sam reluctantly (at first) opens up and talks about his love for his dead wife and the things that made her special. Across the country in Baltimore, Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) is listening to the syndicated program, and Sam's testimonial of love brings tears to her eyes. Even though she is engaged to Walter (Bill Pullman), Annie begins to wonder what it would be like to meet Sam. She even becomes one of thousands to write a letter to him. But, when circumstances make an assignation possible, the question is whether either Sam or Annie will have the courage to follow through with it.
This film is intended as a throwback to the screen romances of the past (An Affair to Remember in particular, which is cited numerous times, and borrowed from explicitly and implicitly). Anyone expecting a tale of stark modern life from Sleepless in Seattle has walked into the wrong theater. This is a dreamy, romantic fantasy whose mood falls somewhere between magic and reality. ” - reh3959
Hanks plays the title character, a shy Southern boy in love with his childhood best friend (Robin Wright) who finds that his ability to run fast takes him places. As an All-Star football player he meets John F. Kennedy; as a soldier in Vietnam he's a war hero; and as a world champion Ping-Pong player he's hailed by Richard Nixon. Becoming a successful shrimp-boat captain, he still yearns for the love of his life, who takes a quite different and much sadder path in life. ” - reh3959
Charles (Hugh Grant), now in his fourth decade of life, is a "serial monogamist" -- someone who moves from girlfriend to girlfriend without ever falling in love. His friends have started down the matrimonial road, but not Charles. Thoughts of spending the rest of his life with someone never enter his head, until one day at a wedding when he encounters Carrie (Andie MacDowell), an American fashion editor. And, although the two enjoy a brief tryst at an inn, Charles' typical British reticence kicks in, and Carrie is on her way back to America before he realizes he should have said something.
Four Weddings and a Funeral is about, well, four weddings and a funeral (actually, if you want to be picky, it's about three weddings, a funeral, and another wedding). While the central story of this charming motion picture is fairly common romantic comedy fare, it is framed by a plot filled with little twists and turns, lots of laughs, and a frothy, intoxicating atmosphere.
The simplest and most honest expression of praise that I can offer this film is that it represents two hours of solid movie magic. Four Weddings and a Funeral possesses the rare ability to make an audience laugh (and laugh hard) and cry, without ever seeming manipulative or going hopelessly over-the-top. ” - reh3959
A movie that puts the character of Albert Einstein (Walter Matthau) into a story involving his fictitious niece Catherine (Meg Ryan), and her desire to marry a slide rule professor. Einstein has different ideas, and feels she is much more suited to an outgoing mechanic named Ed (Tim Robbins) that she happens to meet after her fiance's car broke down.
I.Q. is a warm and fun movie that has many humorous moments packed into a terrific performance by Matthau and the three other actors that play Einstein's mathematician buddies. All four of the "boys" are soon convinced that they should do anything they can to bring Catherine and Ed together, but the problem is that Catherine wants to marry an academic, not a mechanic. So, the obvious solution is to make Ed into the man Catherine wants. This requires more than genius from Einstein and his friends, as they do their best to make Ed a convincing expert on cold fusion physics.
Overall, I.Q. is as unusual as Einstein: A funny movie with an intelligent script. ” - reh3959
It is the story of New York City police officer who wins the lottery and splits his winnings with a waitress. Isaac Hayes narrates this fairy tale romantic comedy from talented director Andrew Bergman (Honeymoon in Vegas) and based on a true story. Married policeman Charlie Lang (Nicolas Cage) doesn't have enough money to tip waitress Yvonne (Bridget Fonda), so he offers her half of his lottery ticket if he wins. Naturally, he comes up with the $4 million jackpot and has to decide whether to honor his bargain, despite the hysteria of wife Muriel (Rosie Perez). Gentle and not too smarmy, this sentimental tale gets a bit of an edge from Perez, in a hilariously manic performance as the shrill spouse who finally loses Charlie to the kind-spirited Yvonne. ” - reh3959
A woman throws caution to the wind in the pursuit of the man of her dreams -- whom she's never met -- in this romantic comedy. Eleven-year-old Faith (Tammy Minoff) and her cousin Kate (Jessica Hertel) are playing with a Ouiji Board when Faith asks who she will marry -- the magic oracle answers "DAMON BRADLEY," and Faith is convinced that she will one day meet this ideal love. Fifteen years later, Faith (Marisa Tomei) has yet to meet her perfect man and has settled for Dwayne (John Benjamin Hickey), a sweet but boring foot doctor whom she's engaged to marry, with Kate (Bonnie Hunt) helping her plan the festivities. The day before the ceremony, Faith gets a call from one of the groom's friends, who won't be able to attend because he's travelling to Italy instead -- and his name is Damon Bradley. Convinced that fate is trying to tell her something, Faith hops on the next flight to Venice, where she searches for the elusive Damon, and along the way meets the charming Peter Wright (Robert Downey, Jr.). This was Tomei and Downey's second romantic pairing, following their roles in the biopic Chaplin. With her short hair, the lead actress bears a striking resemblance to a young Audrey Hepburn. The effect is obviously intentional, as shown by the inclusion of a scene at the "Mouth of Truth" that echoes Roman Holiday. Despite some underlying ideas about forging one's own destiny, this is a essentially a light, inoffensive movie that will appeal to those who aren't seeking more than a bubbly romance. ” - reh3959
A story of the love/hate romance between rival speechwriters in a New Mexico senatorial campaign. They are a month away from the election, and Geena Davis and Michael Keaton are competing with each other to get their candidate elected while having a romance at the same time. The two speechwriters alternate between playing tricks on each other and helping out each other in getting their candidates elected. They have a romance full of sight gags like the cliched love making scene in a much too small car. Throughout the movie, their bosses never realize who the other speechwriter is.
In many ways Speechless is a stereotypical love story, the major thing going for this love story is the fact that Keaton and Davis are writers who are on the either side of the two opposing political parties. There is nothing original about this movie from any other love story, but there is enough humour in it to keep you laughing. ” - reh3959
A soldier, Paul Sutton, has come home to the United States to his seemingly ambivalent wife and to start his new career as a lowly chocolate salesman. He runs into an unfortunate but attractive Mexican woman named Victoria, who seems quite anguished about coming home to see her father because she is pregnant, unmarried, and the father wants nothing to do with her -- all of which will bring shame to the proud, affluent family. Seeing her dilemma, Paul consents to a plan to be her husband for a day and then to leave her by morning so that the family will not be ashamed. However, as Paul meets the family, he finds reasons to stick around, especially when he begins to develop romantic feelings for Victoria, but her stubborn father will not accept him or their "marriage" no matter what.
A throwback film to a more romantic and innocent area, and how much you enjoy this film will greatly depend on how much of a hopeless romantic you are, and you'll especially find it pleasing if you yearn for the romantic movies of yesteryear. Much of the dialogue is very hokey, almost cringe inducing, but if you accept the main premise, it seems to fit right in with the kind of trite love story that it is. ” - reh3959
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) meets Celine (Julie Delpy) on a train traveling through Europe. His destination is Vienna, where a flight back to America awaits him the next morning. She's on her way to Paris, where she starts classes at the Sorbonne next week. From their first moment of eye contact, they're drawn to each other. They share a meal in the lounge car, savoring the conversation more than the food, and when they arrive in Vienna, Jesse persuades Celine to disembark with him and keep him company wandering the streets until the time comes for his plane to depart. Thus begins an unforgettable screen romance.
One of the first things to notice about Before Sunrise is how completely natural it all seems. The rapport between Jesse and Celine is so lacking in artifice that at times the viewer feels like a voyeur. We are privy to everything, including the sort of "unimportant" dialogue that most films shy away from. Here, its inclusion is just one of many fresh elements.
Before Sunrise is about life, romance, and love. It magnifies the little things, paying scrupulous attention to the subtleties and mannerisms of body language. This film is nothing short of movie magic, and the kind of film that deserves to be remembered. ” - reh3959
Ryan plays a woman whose fiancé (Timothy Hutton) leaves her for a Parisian beauty. She jets over to the City of Lights to fight for her man, but an incapacitating fear of flying forces her to seek help from a fellow passenger, a French thief played by Kevin Kline, who then tutors her in the ways of getting her beau back. ” - reh3959
Persuasion is my personal favorite of all Jane Austen's books. There is something about the longing of love lost long ago, lost but not forgotten, that speaks to me as none of her other works do.
The heroine of "Persuasion," Anne Elliot, tossed away love at the age of 19, convinced by the sound maternal advice of her friend Lady Russell that a penniless naval officer was no match for the daughter of a baronet. The story begins eight years later, when Anne is 27 and therefore on the verge of 19th-century spinsterhood. Perfectly portrayed by Amanda Root, Anne is a plain, thin-lipped, intelligent woman who wears a perpetual look of worried resignation. The boundless possibilities she foresaw at 19 seem to have vanished, though her love for Frederick Wentworth remains.
I enjoy Jane Austin best of all when it is free of the Hollywood temptation to populate her cast with handsome men and beautiful woman. Anne Elliot is attractive not because she is some buxom blonde, but because her character is intelligent, quiet, and generously caring.
Though "Persuasion" is not the most dramatic of Austen's novels, it may be the most deeply felt. It is a lyrical, autumnal story of lost love, with the unexpected reward of a happy ending. ” - reh3959
Remake of the 1954 film about a modern-day Cinderella who is the daughter of a wealthy family's chauffeur. When she is transformed into a graceful woman, she captures the attention of the sons of the family.
Harrison Ford is Linus Larrabee, the eldest son of the Larrabee family who took over the reigns for his father and turned the multi-million dollar family business into some "serious money." Greg Kinnear makes his onscreen debut and makes the younger brother, David, into a lovable hopeless lover. Sabrina, played by the incandescent Julia Ormond, admires David from afar, and is the daughter of the family's chaffeur. After a trip to Paris turns Sabrina into a stunning beauty, David finds it hard to keep his attentions on his lovely fíance, Elizabeth Tyson (Lauren Holly). Linus proceeds to court Sabrina for what seems to be "business purposes", but is he really hinding his feelings for the beautiful Sabrina? Nancy Marchand plays as Maude Larrabee, David's and Linus's mother, and has some real gems for lines, adding to the devilishly clever sarcasm that makes this movie absolutely hilarious. ” - reh3959
The story of the Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor (Thompson) and passionate Marianne (Winslet), whose chances at marriage seem doomed by their family's sudden loss of fortune. When their father dies he leaves almost everything to his spineless son and miserly daughter-in-law. The four Dashwood women, the mother and three daughters (Elinor, Marianne, and young Margaret), must find a way to make ends meet as the elder daughters face the daunting problems of love and romance.
Competing for the affections of Marianne are the dashing playboy Willoughby and the upright Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman). Meanwhile, Elinor finds herself falling for Edward (Hugh Grant), who, without spoiling the plot, isn't completely forthright with Elinor about his availability. Throughout it all, the high society gossips make everyone squirm with their constant chatter.
Emma Thompson should have a thousands oscars for her beautiful deeds in this film, not only as an excellent actress but also as the one who wrote the screenplay. she's done everything right. and could Ang Lee possibly have found any better actors for the parts? I really doubt it. Kate Winslet is stunning as Marianne, the wild, strong girl who got full attention from two very special men. Hugh Grant gives us a great performance of the charmingly shy Edward, who would like nothing more than a quiet private life. And Alan Rickman is just wonderful! He gives Brandon the right amount of sadness, tenderness and love - and sweeps anyone off their feet just by being in the scene. Emma Thompson is one of the best actresses ever. Her performance is brilliant. She's brilliant. The whole film is so brilliant! ” - reh3959
Michael Douglas plays President Andrew Shepherd, a widower and single father who finds himself caught up in a dalliance with environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening). What we get to see is a rare treat: watching 'the most powerful man in the world' act totally awkward in his pursual of Sydney, and seeing ultra-classy Bening become flustered at the President's advances. Proving himself just an average guy, Andrew flubs his lines on the phone as if he was asking a girl to Homecoming. As romance blossoms with convincing sparkle between the politically opposed couple, events are complicated, naturally enough, by politics. Being the president and falling in love proves no easy combination.
The American President, a warm comedy about the difficulties of romance in today's complex society, puts a nice spin on the romantic fable and is a pleasant moviegoing experience. With classy performances, snappy, intelligent writing, and good old-fashioned romance We're also given a sober wake-up call about how a gossip-hungry America looks at the personal lives of its leaders. ” - reh3959
In the summer of 1965, Francesca Johnson (Meryl Streep) cares for her family with all her heart, as she has done for years. It's still a relief, however, to know that her husband Richard is taking the kids off to the Illinois State Fair. Both Michael and Caroline have reached that difficult teenage years, so four days all to herself are a godsend. Waving goodbye, from the porch, to what is essentially her life, Francesca settles down with her thoughts and a cool glass of iced tea.
Francesca's reverie is rudely interrupted by the approach of a pick-up truck, kicking up gravel. From the dusty, blue vehicle steps Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood). A photographer for National Geographic, he's arrived in Iowa to flesh out an article on the local covered bridges with some arresting photos. The problem is that without signposts, Robert's having some trouble locating the Rosamunde Bridge. Since her attempt at providing verbal direction is hopelessly confusing, Francesca offers to show Robert exactly where he should be going. Thus begins their conversation, with Robert quickly establishing that Francesca was born in Italy - curiously enough in a tiny town that he happens to have visited. While Robert decides on his angles, their lightly flirtatious chatter continues; obviously they're soul mates of a sort.
Francesca, and the credibility of her emotional turmoil, is of critical importance. It is her story that is shocking Michael and Caroline, it is her life that is forever altered by a chance encounter and it is her foresight that forever consigns their hidden love to a locket.
A surprisingly touching account of finding true love in middle-age, only for it to be torn away by cruel fate. If you surrender to the emotion the film brings a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye - the tragedy of unobtainable love is familiar to all. It's better to go through the searing pain of this than to never love at all. A wonderful, if not quite perfect, film. ” - reh3959
Lucy, a lonely subway worker, she becomes smitten with a handsome stranger (Peter Gallagher). But when she saves his life after he's been mugged and fallen into a coma, his hilariously offbeat family mistakes her for his fiancee! Soon, the mix-ups escalate as Lucy fabricates a life between herself and a man she's never met! And when Lucy falls for his charming brother (Bill Pullman) the situation really gets uproarious as she's forced to make a choice between the two! ” - reh3959
Christian Slater plays the man that every woman would love to meet. Quiet, mysterious, and able to find joy in life's simple moments. Meanwhile, Mary Stuart Masterson plays the hard shelled Lisa, an investment broker who comes from a past too tragic to believe.
The film follows the expected pattern of a conventional romance: two characters meet and fall in love, complications arise, causing a breakup, then there's a reunion just in time for the end credits. While Bed of Roses offers few surprises in its formulaic progression of events, the tale is told with heartfelt tenderness, and, for once, the circumstances that threaten the pair's happiness have nothing to do with re-appearing old flames. In Bed of Roses, each of the protagonists - Lisa and Lewis - must overcome their own emotional dysfunctions in order to enter into a relationship. As a result of tragic pasts, neither is confident about expressing feelings, and, while both are emotionally needy, they discover that receiving is often as hard as giving.
This movie is sweet, sentimental, has a nice soundtrack, and it deals with people scarred by life who find each other. Its value lies in its sweet sentimentality. It's an escapist movie and it makes you feel warm & fuzzy inside. ” - reh3959
A top-of-the-line sports agent and glad-handing huckster who sounds like he's doing a commercial every time he opens his mouth. Late one night, after a few too many drinks, he finds his thoughts inexplicably filled with heady ideals. Unable to sleep, Jerry writes a "mission statement," a memo in booklet form that suggests money should not be the primary goal - that agents with fewer clients could give each one of those clients more personal attention. Then he has it copied, bound and distributed to all of his co-workers.
The next day, Jerry wakes up, realizes what he's done and wonders what the heck he was thinking. When Jerry is fired, Dorothy, an accountant he has hardly noticed, is inspired by his newfound ideals and leaves the agency to become his secretary. Naturally, they will begin a romance, ably abetted by her utterly charming young son (shameless scene-stealing Jonathan Lipnicki).
Jerry Maguire is about finding yourself and finding love. Not just love in a relationship, but a passion and joy for existing and doing what you are inspired to be. It’s about being able to take pride in who you are, and being able to persevere over adversity and being able to be successful in a corrupt system, and still chasing your dream. This is a motion picture that is absolutely infectious. ” - reh3959
A rakish, irresponsible, and sexy single dad and a neurotic, standoffish, and sexy single mom join up on a collisIon course with romantic mayhem when each fails to deliver his/her respective child to a class field trip. One Fine Day puts two highly popular actors onto a romantic collision course, with results that, however predictable, are fun to watch.
Melanie, an architect, has a crucial presentation to make that day; Jack, a newspaper columnist, must document the charges he made in a recent story or lose his job. The two, then, are forced into a frantic day of passing the children back and forth as they try to deal with their individual career crises. In the process they learn a bit about both parenthood and career.
Anyone who knows movies knows how a romantic comedy will end, but these are two very watchable stars, and the scriptwriters have given them some more-than-passable dialogue. Observing them, then, as they move from initial hostility to grudging acceptance and eventually to something more, will provide an engaging two hours for most viewers. The children are cute enough to make up for their occasionally trying behavior.
One Fine Day is one of those romantic movies that guys can enjoy as well. George Clooney does a good job at playing the typical guy while not being too cheesy in the end. the film showed just how chaotic single parenthood is. This movie was delightful and very funny. ” - reh3959
Charming and bittersweet, this modern-day romantic comedy starring Uma Thurman, Janeane Garofalo and Ben Chaplin, explores the beguiling perils of mistaken identity. Abby (Garofalo), a savvy, witty veterinarian who hosts her own radio talk show, is anything but confident when it comes to love. A petite brunette, she describes herself as tall and blonde when Brian (Chaplin), a caller who is smitten with her radio persona, asks her on a date. She then talks her tall, blonde neighbor Noelle (Thurman) into assuming her identity, setting off an escalating series of hilarious and romantic crises.
Janeane Garofalo convincingly, understandingly conveys what it's like to believe you're ugly and unlovable. The chemistry between the three is natural as can be, and even though the whole movie is cliched, it never feels like it is. Don't look for anything deep here, it's a sweet romance that won't make your teeth rot, it's simply a great movie. ” - reh3959
Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast.
Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt both definitely deserved the awards they won for this movie. Jack is the ONLY person who could have pulled off the obsessive-compulsive writer to a T. Helen Hunt does a great job as a bitter waitress and stressed single mother to a sick child.
There were funny moments and a few touching moments in this one. Chick-flick by most male standards but there was something for everyone in this one. Even a gratuitous "wet t-shirt" shot of Helen Hunt for the men. I think that Helen Hunt provided the most powerful and emotional performance playing a character that is so tangibly real and believable. this movie has some moments that will make you chuckle and also has some moments that make you think and wonder. In all honesty this movie is less comedic than most of the movies on my favorites list but is truly excellent. ” - reh3959
Two comic-book artists, Holden and Banky, who struggle to get noticed at a comic-book convention with their amiable comic "Bluntman and Chronic." Holden is immediately entranced by a blonde, squeaky-voiced female cartoonist, Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams). She asks him out to the Meow Mix club, and when Holden meets her, he discovers she is a...lesbian. Naturally, Holden is upset by this but Banky starts asking stupid questions when he sees Alyssa necking with another female: "When are we going to get a chance to see this *beep* live?" Despite their obviously different sexual preferences, Holden decides to become friendly with Alyssa, and in a poignantly emotional scene, Holden confesses that he's in love with her and wants more than friendship. Alyssa bursts out and starts screaming at him for denying her her sexual nature and, of course, they kiss in the rainy night. What's amazing about this sequence is how much emotional truth there is despite some overacting from Adams - she makes the scene her own and it is gripping.
Chasing Amy is a surprisingly great movie and better than what I expected, even from Kevin Smith. It is thoughtful, honest, superbly funny and heartbreaking. Smith may not have a visual style yet but he knows how to write characters with panache and humor. ” - reh3959
Gwen (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and Nick (Dylan McDermott) are in love. They just don't know it yet. Two strangers, whose paths are always crossing, finally meet when fate steps in. Most of the time, they're in the margins of each others world. Nick has a romance with the former child star Francesca Lanfield (Sarah Jessica Parker) whose autobiography is being ghost-written by Gwen. And Gwen is dating a neurotic book editor who insists on taking her to the Awful Truth, a ghastly industrial deco restaurant designed by Nick.
As we follow their near encounters, the only question is precisely what will bring them together. Gwen's letters to the Los Angeles Times, condemning plans by Nick's architecture firm to tear down the historic apartment complex that she lives in, and that Francesca owns? Or could it be something as simple as their shared nicotine addictions?
It’s fun how two persons, whom grow up absolutely wrong for one another, they nonetheless keep altering the course of each others lives without knowing it - or each other. Look around you, maybe that special someone is there w/out noticing them or vice verse. Just chill and watch it while you doing something relaxing. Great way to remind us that there is true happiness out there, although it may be hard to find. ” - reh3959
After winning a trip on the RMS Titanic during a dockside card game, American Jack Dawson spots the society girl Rose DeWitt Bukater who is on her way to Philadelphia to marry her rich snob fiance Cal Hockley. Rose feels helplessly trapped by her situation and makes her way to the aft deck and thinks of suicide until she is rescued by Jack. Cal is therefore obliged to invite Jack to dine at their first-class table where he suffers through the slights of his snobbish hosts. In return, he spirits Rose off to third class for an evening of dancing, giving her the time of her life. Deciding to forsake her intended future all together, Rose asks Jack, who has made his living making sketches on the streets of Paris, to draw her in the nude wearing the invaluable blue diamond Cal has given her. Cal finds out and has Jack locked away. Soon afterwards, the ship hits an iceberg and Rose must find Jack while both must run from Cal even as the ship sinks deeper into the freezing water.
Personally, I loved this movie! Sure, the storyline (the romance, mainly) could have been less cliched, but the acting fits perfectly with the time. In fact, Rose is even a little too feisty for the era at times. The set was brilliant, nothing short of a masterpiece. The supporting cast also helped keep the story afloat, I must say that Kathy Bates was THE best pick for Molly Brown! I think the picture more than accurately portrayed the pain and fear that the ill-fated passengers felt. The romance/storyline between Jack and Rose was of course necessary to give the viewer a window into someones life aboard, rather than just random characters, otherwise it would have been a documentary. ” - reh3959
Meg Ryan stars as Dr. Maggie Rice, a heart surgeon who is grieving over a lost patient when an angel named Seth (Nicolas Cage) appears to comfort her. She can see him despite the "rule" that angels are invisible, and Seth's love for Maggie forces him to choose between angelic immortality and a normal human existence on earth with her.
But angels aren't what this film is all about. It's really about what a man will do, what he'll sacrifice to find love. City of Angels really works without special effects. Think of all the special effects you could do with angels. They aren't in this picture. Nicolas Cage, playing the angel, explores the gamut of emotions a man can feel when in love. Cage's performance is real acting. ” - reh3959
When the grim reaper (Brad Pitt) comes to collect the soul of megamogul Bill Parrish (Anthony Hopkins), he arrives with a proposition: Host him for a "vacation" among the living in trade for a few more days of existence. Parrish agrees, and using the pseudonym Joe Black, Death begins taking part in Parrish's daily agenda and falls in love with the man's daughter (Claire Forlani). Yet when Black's holiday is over, so is Parrish's life.
The movie deals significantly and sensitively with our deeper feelings about love and death and life's truly worthwhile experiences. The characters are real and life-like. Claire Forlani is superb, at her best, as the woman who represents love and changes the Grim Reaper's attitude forever;Brad Pitt is the Grim Reaper and plays this complex role beautifully. This is the movie that made me appreciate Brad Pitt as a genuinely great actor and not just a pretty face. And you can never go wrong with the genius of Anthony Hopkins, whose character shows us the human being in his finest hour. Together, these three bring perfect chemistry to the screen and create an unforgettable film that offers a fresh, sensitive approach to understanding what it means to really live. ” - reh3959
Romantic comedy set in London in the late 16th century: Young playwright William Shakespeare struggles with his latest work "Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter". A great fan of Shakespeare's plays is young, wealthy Viola who is about to be married to the cold-hearted Lord Wessex, but constantly dreams of becoming an actress. Women were not allowed to act on stage at that time (female roles were played by men, too), but dressed up as a boy, Viola successfully auditions for the part of Romeo. Soon she and William are caught in a forbidden romance that provides rich inspiration for his play. ” - reh3959
The premise of Sliding Doors is instantly appealing, since everyone wonders how his or her life might have turned out differently as a result of different choices. So imagine the mind-bending realization that even missing the Tube by two seconds could alter the trajectory just as radically. It is indeed radical for Gwyneth Paltrow, once again affecting a mostly flawless British accent, whose character ends up with a whole new hair color, career focus, and beau, depending on who's influencing her thoughts -- her sensible girlfriend or the cheating bloke she didn't quite catch with his pants down. Having the two Paltrows inhabit the same London is clever, though it begs unanswered questions about whether the film posits a supernatural dual reality, or a second reality that's only imagined. Fresh enough to still disappear into a role, Paltrow has a fun time with her alternately playful and pissed off Helen. John Hannah exudes good will and charm (especially when he's rattling off Monty Python) and Douglas McFerran steals each of his scenes as the best mate of John Lynch's philanderer. Faced with a new ridiculous scenario each time Lynch meets him at the pub, McFerran dissolves into hysterical derisive laughter any time he tries to give advice. The one distasteful ingredient is Jeanne Tripplehorn's American "other woman," whose brassy scheming sabotages the relative subtlety of the rest of this flight of fancy. ” - reh3959
In this last of the three Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks collaborations Hanks plays Joe Fox, the owner of a large bookstore chain that starts putting Meg Ryan, the owner of a small local bookstore, out of business. Meanwhile they have been corresponding over the internet without knowing who either of them are. They can't stand each other in person but over the internet they are very attracted. He finds out who she is but she doesn't know. He starts to like her more but she still hates him. He has to fix it.
You've Got Mail can most easily be compared to Sleepless in Seattle, and in pretty much every case, is better. You've Got Mail is funnier, cuter, and more romantic, and best of all, the characters actually meet several times throughout the movie, instead of just at the end.
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are excellent, the perfect choices for their roles. Their realistic acting and impressive facial Expressions make the film all that more smooth, and their wit adds a special humor that wouldn't have been found in the same movie with different actors. The script also makes the movie funny, and there are several parts that actually make you laugh out loud. ” - reh3959
A remake of the classic Shakespare play "The Taming of the Shrew", this story is set in a modern day Padua High School. Bianca is dying to go out with Joey, the most popular and attractive guy at their school. Bianca's sister Kat would rather die than go out with "onbe of those unwashed miscreants" at school. Their father has a rule where Bianca can only date when Kat does. Because Joey wants to go out with Bianca, so he arranges a deal with bad boy Patrick to woo Kat into going out with him. But Patrick and Kat end up falling for each other.
The reason this film succeeds is through the depth of the characters. Usually you find nothing but stereotypes in film such as this, but the characters here (while not exactly ground breaking or unforgettable) have enough depth to make this film enjoyable. The two leads especially, Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger are original and likeable characters and help the film enormously.
Along with a good soundtrack, a few laughs and a few good supporting characters (especially the English Teacher) make their mark, and while this film is predictable in parts, it reaches a pleasing conclusion. ” - reh3959
Just what is it that makes us human? The love stories of future human generation. Williams plays Andrew, a robot programmed for domestic chores and sold to an upper-middle-class family, the Martins, in the year 2005. The family patriarch (Sam Neill) recognizes and encourages Andrew's uncommon characteristics, particularly his artistic streak, sensitivity to beauty, humor, and independence of spirit. In so doing, he sets Williams's tin man on a two-century journey to become more human than most human beings. The passion of Andrew as a convert to the human race and his willingness to sacrifice all to give and take love. ” - reh3959
One can be a fan of Jane Austen and still appreciate the film. Although it bears little resemblance to the novel itself, It can be said that this Mansfield Park is inspired by rather than adapted from Jane Austen's work. It embodies much of the spirit of Austen and draws from her other novels where Mansfield Park the novel might be, dare I say, lacking. I am an ardent supporter of Austen, but I must say that the film version makes a commendable choice in choosing a protagonist that shares more of Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth Bennett's spirit than the subdued Fanny of Mansfield Park.
Frances O'Connor and Jonny Lee Miller (as Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram) carry the film with their subtlety and chemistry, and a few scenes between the two are enough. The supporting cast breathe dimensionality to their characters with interesting interpretations of Austen's work. Also surprising is a bit of nudity and overt sexuality, which is never found in a Jane Austen film. As they say in Jane Austen Book Club - "Austen is all about keeping it zipped". Regardless, the film's high points far outweigh its imperfections. ” - reh3959
Can a beautiful and internationally famous American actress find happiness with a frumpy British bookstore clerk? She can - at least for a while, it seems - in Notting Hill. William Thacker (played by Hugh Grant) is a bookseller at a shop in the Notting Hill district in West London, who shares a house with an eccentric Welsh friend, Spike (Rhys Ifans). One day, William is minding the store when in strolls Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), a lovely and well-known actress from the United States who is in London working on a film. She buys a book from William, and she is polite and charming in the way a famous actress would be with a star-struck sales clerk. Their relationship would logically end there, if William didn't run out a few minutes later to buy some juice. While dashing back to the shop, he bumps into Anna on the street, spilling juice all over her blouse. Since he lives nearby, William politely offers to let her stop by his house to clean up; since William seems harmless enough, Anna agrees. When Anna has to stop back to pick up a bag she left at William's house, they kiss - just in time for Spike to show up. A romance slowly blooms as his friends and family (not to mention the world at large) wonder out loud what he's doing dating a movie star. ” - reh3959
Harrison Ford plays a Washington, D.C. detective; Kristin Scott Thomas is a Congresswoman in the midst of a re-election campaign. When their spouses die in a plane crash, the cop is convinced they'd been having an affair, and his obsessive, masochistic quest for the painful truth draws him closer to the Congresswoman despite the mutual risks to their careers and domestic privacy. While she hides behind a façade of denial, his agonized investigation makes him simultaneously unappealing (a risk Ford may have taken as a challenge), sympathetic, and sadly compelling.
This is one of the most underrated movies in a long time, and it was directed by the late Sydney Pollack. This movie features a first rate cast that mainly centers on a plane crash, where Ford finds out that his wife was having an affair with a congresswoman's husband. This is an underrated adult movie that deals with a crooked cop, infidelity, and of course finding love under tense circumstances. Anyone receptive to the story will find that Random Hearts is a subtly rewarding study of tormented adults who've discovered too late the weaknesses of their seemingly stable marriages. It's anything but cheerful, and a subplot involving a corrupt cop (Dennis Haysbert) is a formulaic distraction. But Random Hearts provides welcome relief from dramas that flirt with emotional anguish without delving into its deeper consequences. ” - reh3959
Amanda Shelton: You mean the day I had my hand up your pants. Men are so easy."
Sarah Michelle Gellar starred in a little romantic comedy called Simply Irresistible. In it she played a struggling chef whose dead mother sends her a magic crab that causes her emotions to infect anyone who eats her cooking. This eventually leads her to fall in love with a multi-millionaire paper airplane enthusiast. It's corny and silly bit of fluff. The kind of makes fun of itself. Other than that, this was a cute romantic comedy not filled with any graphic sexual content or sexual innuendos like most such movies. This movie was cute, silly, fun, and romantic. This movie sparkles with Sarah Michelle Gellar as a cook in a small restaurant in New York. Things aren't going well until a person gives her magical crabs. One runs away and Amanda (Gellar) finds Tom (Flanery). Extra-ordinary things happen to both, and soon get it that magic helped them this far, now it takes them to bring it out. I agree with Roger Ebert when he says Simply Irresistible is "Enchanting and Romantic". ” - reh3959
Thomas Crown is a self-made billionaire who can buy anything he wants and is irresistible to women. But there are some things that money can’t buy. Thomas Crown has run out of challenges.
When an alarm sounds at a world class museum and someone walks out with a priceless Monet, Crown is the last person the New York police suspect. But one person suspects him: Catherine Banning, the brilliant female investigator hired to retrieve the painting no matter what it takes. Catherine loves the chase as much as he does and she’s on to his game. Crown has found his challenge.
Two can play, but only one can win.
I never watched the original movie from 1968 but after watching the 1999 version of “The Thomas Crown Affair”, I wanted to see more. The beautiful Rene Russo of Lethal Weapon fame, in this movie, she was absolutely ... delicious. Brosnan as Thomas Crown does a pretty good job. The hot love scenes in this movie are very hot! And the forty something Russo looks fantastic topless! ” - reh3959
Oscar Novak (Matthew Perry) is a Chicago architect who has been pitching a project with his partner, Peter (Oliver Platt), to tycoon Charles Newman (Dylan McDermott). Having been deliberately misled by Oscar and Peter's business rivals, Charles mistakenly believes Oscar to be gay, and asks him to spy on his mistress, artist Amy Post (Neve Campbell), to make sure that she is not attracting any rival suitors. Oscar is reluctant until Charles implies that his co-operation could help clinch the deal, and so gets to know Amy at a private exhibition of her work. Oscar's bumbling attempts at surveillance fail, but he does develop a crush on Amy, a beautiful and headstrong artist, who begins to return his growing affection. Much to his chagrin, Oscar may have finally found the woman of his dreams. But Oscar's dream is short-lived when he discovers that the jealous Charles has assigned him this special job only because he (mistakenly) believes that Oscar is gay. Oscar's frustration compounds when he realizes that Amy also believes him to be gay. In short order, Oscar's friends, his family, even strangers on the street believe that he is gay. The very heterosexual Oscar Novak becomes the most famous gay man in Chicago, and his entire life is turned upside-down. When he is honored as Chicago's Gay Professional of the Year, Oscar has to make a decision-will he continue the lie and hold on to the job of a lifetime and a warm but frustrating friendship with the girl he loves, or is it time to face the consequences of coming out of the closet and telling the whole world that he is secretly... straight? ” - reh3959