|STILL THE ONE: "Laughed so hard..."|
I guess all those old movies I watched as a child influenced my reading taste and can be blamed for my addiction to humor and romance.
In case you’d like to
It Happened One Night Made in 1934, it starred Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. Runaway heiress meets a reporter who wants to exploit her story. Key element? The walls of Jericho. Watch the movie and you’ll understand.
Bringing Up Baby Made in 1938 and starred Katherine Hepburn as a zany rich girl who turns uptight Cary Grant’s life into chaos. Key elements? A baby leopard and dinosaur skeleton.
Pillow Talk Made in 1959, it was the first pairing of Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Womanizing songwriter and uptight interior designer share a telephone party line, and that’s when the games begin. (Ask the oldest members of your family if you don’t know what that is. We lived in the country and had a party line long after the rest of the world had private lines. A party line was a true test of one’s integrity. *g*)
(My youngest daughter loves this movie so much she bought DVDs of it and the other Doris Day/Rock Hudson films. In several romantic comedies of that era, Tony Randall was the hero’s best friend and was hilarious in his second banana role in each film. He’s the kind of secondary character every romantic comedy needs.)
Lover Come Back Made in 1961 and starred Rock Hudson and Doris Day again. In this flick, Rock and Doris are advertising executives who disdain each other’s client recruitment methods. When Doris decides to exact a little revenge, she gets way more than she bargained for. Oh, my! The scene when Tony Randall is driving a heartbroken Doris back to the city, and they stop at a diner is hysterical!
|Women love humor mixed with Romance!|
That Touch of Mink Made in 1962 and starred Doris Day and Cary Grant in a movie that confronts the virgin versus the player issue. He’s handsome, rich, and charming. She’s lovely and works though she’s not a career woman. They’re equally captivated, but she wants marriage, and, of course, he wants an affair.
Cactus Flower Made in 1969, this was Goldie Hawn’s film debut. She co-starred with Walter Matthau and the renowned Ingrid Bergman. What a romp this is!
Yes, all of these are outdated in terms of today's culture, but I bet you’ll laugh.
In more recent years, there have been a lot of romantic comedy films made, but most of them fall short. They depend on crude humor--perhaps because they have no brilliant writers on staff to turn their ideas into something funny and sexy. Often they’re derivative, lesser films with no freshness.
In no particular order, here are some noteworthy contemporary romantic comedy films.
- Notting Hill (Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts)
- About a Boy (Hugh Grant and Rachel Wiesz)
- Love Actually (ensemble cast including Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth)
- Something New (Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker)
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Nia Vardalos and John Corbett)
- Sweet Home Alabama (Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas
- The American President (Michael Douglas and Annette Bening)
- Groundhog Day (Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell)
- When Harry Met Sally (Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan)
- The Princess Bride (Robin Wright and Cary Elwes)
- Better Off Dead (John Cusack and Diane Franklin)
- Sixteen Candles (Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling, Molly Ringwald
- The Goodbye Girl (Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfuss)
- Mickey Blue Eye (Hugh Grant and Jeanne Tripplehorn)
- Six Days, Seven Nights (Harrison Ford and Anne Heche)
- Leap Year (Amy Adams and Matthew Goode)
- Killers (Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl)
- Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie)
- Wimbledon (Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany)
- What Women Want (Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt)
- The Holiday (Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black.)
Joan Reeves writes funny, sexy Contemporary Romance. Everything she writes has the underlying premise: It's never too late to live Happily Ever After.
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