Category Archives: rom-com

Day 138: Chalet Girl

Chalet Girl w/ Felicity Jones & Ed Westwick

While it doesn’t stray too far away from the formulaic “girl-next-door meets hot rich boy” plot line, Chalet Girl brings forth a refreshing leading lady to the genre. The last time I saw Felicity Jones was in Like Crazy, and she was border lining obsessive girlfriend minus the comic relief. In this film, we get to really see Jones in a more comedic light while still portraying her well-done bit of “don’t notice me, I’m normal.” I feel her pain of penny-pinching while all the world is reckless. Shit happens to me on the daily. I say I won’t spend on drinking, but it’s definitely easier said than done. But what’s a single girl to do?

Being single is difficult enough, being single and broke is even worse. Jones’s character, Kimmy, decides to take the unfanciful job of chalet girl, a fancier maid, in hopes to save some dough to help her dad. Sounds easy enough but she’s surrounded by folks who just want to get thrashed and enjoy the alps life. When she downs a glass of $500 Dom, she quickly realizes she just drank her rent money. Ouch. I read somewhere that Jones did some character research and voluntarily worked at ski resort, cleaning barf and all. Good for her.

Ultimately, this one rom-com that didn’t make me want to puke. Maybe it’s the accents, who knows.

Kim: No, irony is free. It’s sarcasm you’re paying for. Ironically.

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Day 137: The Seven Year Itch

The Seven Year Itch w/ Marilyn Monroe & Tom Ewell

The ubiquitous primal male urge, especially one whose wife is out for the summer, becomes the driving attraction in The Seven Year Itch. Oh yeah, and Marilyn Monroe too. Richard Sherman, played by Tom Ewell, is under the impression that an infidelity would occur on the premise that since his marriage has reached its seven years, his “itch” for other women, especially the Girl upstairs, is finally tested. Will he scratch it? In the film, no such thing occurs. While his fantasies get a bit rowdy, Sherman ends each sentiment lonely and empty-handed. Good for his wife?

Do I buy that romance may slip away momentarily in couples, sure I do. Do I think the seven year itch actually happens? Probably not. I’ve heard about the two-year hump, but a seven year itch seems like a stretch. No man’s an island, and I don’t think any amount of time would determine if a person is necessarily waned into committing adultery. After all, Sherman’s wife is in Maine. That already screams trouble for their marriage.  Luckily, Sherman is completely paranoid, which counters his wild imagination, and becomes deathly afraid of his wife discovering his less than satisfactory  thoughts about the Girl upstairs. Yeah, I’m sure his paranoia just saved him a marriage.

To be honest, Monroe’s overall performance is a bit lacking. While we can’t deny her presence in the film, her vent scene was the only thing worth getting excited for. Definitely wasn’t a groundbreaking performance by any means. But that’s okay, it’s Marilyn.

The Girl: You’re married. I KNEW it! You LOOK married.

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Day 136: Anatasia

Anastasia w/ Meg Ryan & John Cusack

I knew after watching My Fair Lady, I found similarities to Anastasia. I love this animated film! Go figure it has Meg Ryan and John Cusack as the voices of Dimitri and Anastasia.

Side note: I remember being in high school and making the bet that Anastasia was a Disney film, clearly I was mistaken. But just some random trivia, Anastasia became the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film in 1997.

 

Don’t lie, you know you imagined yourself some lost grand duchess of Russia hoping to be discovered.

 

Dimitri: If we live through this, remind me to thank you.

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Day 135: My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady w/ Audrey Hepburn

Good grief, I don’t understand why it has taken me this long to see this film. I love Miss Eliza Doolitte and I loved that Audrey Hepburn played her. I still saw a bit of Holly Golightly in Eliza. Despite her transformation, her quirkiness still strikes through.

The project boyfriend/girlfriend has been a thing for centuries. From Pygmalion to She’s All That, we’re stuck in the belief that we can change someone. Albeit not emotional changes (because we won’t succeed) but just mere physical changes. Cutting the hair, adding the glasses, plucking the unibrow – those changes.

I’ve been blessed and cursed to deal with project boyfriends. It’s not fun but definitely challenging. It’s not like I didn’t love them for them, I just didn’t like how they dress themselves. Picture this: tall tees, sagging jeans and Air Forces. Yeah, no thanks. I don’t care how “Bay” that look was, my eyes were not approving one bit. Just a brief shopping spree and a bit of compliments, and man did they start to look better. I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with clothing suggestions…I mean, you’re helping them. They’ll thank you later, trust me, they will.

Eliza was a different case, she expanded more than just her speaking abilities but really evolved into a well-developed woman.
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Day 122: Mystic Pizza

Mystic Pizza w/ Julia Roberts...and etc.

It’s Julia Roberts! Shocker!

I can’t help but relate with the sisters – to fall in love and get the hell out of a small town. Although, I wouldn’t consider where I live a small town, but small enough to see people from high school still. I often daydream the hell out of my future. Nowhere in my future does it say me being whisked away and living in San Jose. No thanks. My ubiquitous white fence is replaced with city lights and a window. The happy husband making the daily bread is replaced with me making my own bacon and possibly raising a family. My idea of the future doesn’t correlate with suburbia, not even in the slightest form. I’m not quite sure what made me not want that, but it somehow formed away.

Anyways, this movie made me have an incredible craving for pizza.

Bill: [to Jojo] I’m tellin you I LOVE YOU, and all you love is my *dick*! Do you know how that makes me feel?

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Day 106: Eat Drink Man Woman

Eat Drink Man Woman w/ Sihung Lung, Yu-Wen Wang, Chien-lien Wu & Kuei-mei Yang

If this doesn’t warm your heart and make you hungry, there’s something wrong with you. I’m pretty jealous of the openness this family shares around the dinner table. My parents act as if dating doesn’t exist despite the fact that I have older half siblings that are married. But I guess, it’s their effort to keep forever eight, five or three. Someone once told me a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Yeah well, a way to get me to lift a damn spoon in the kitchen is if the dude’s even worth it. If not, I’ll take my dinner to go.

Eat, drink, man, woman. Food and sex. Basic desires. Can’t avoid them.”

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Day 85: Along Came Polly

Along Came Polly w/ Ben Stiller & Jennifer Aniston

In every sense, this movie was a walking metaphor. Stiller plays an insurance-risk analyst, who is obviously afraid of anything out of his comfort zone – germophobe, has a destined routine, needs plans, that whole bit. Aniston plays someone like Rachel, but not Rachel. Yeah, Poor Jen. I really can’t shake off Rachel whenever I see her on screen. She’s just really good at being Rachel. Anyways, take risks and you might get with someone hot like Aniston with a pet ferret. Sounds like a good deal, right?

I didn’t actually think this was a good movie. Yet, Stiller is under the impression that he’s rom-com material. Someone’s feeding him the wrong information. Yes, you were in Meet the Fockers, but that’s one time. ONE TIME.

But in all seriousness, taking risks with emotions are indefinite gambles. I know so many people who stray from such situations. But to put in fairy tale terms, if the Prince didn’t risk his life to slay the dragon, would he have been able to save the princess? Obviously, there are some risks worth taking, but just deciding which ones are worth slaying dragons for. Sometimes, you have to pull out that magical ball and see if the Princess is worth the happily ever after. If not, let that damn princess sleep.

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Day 83: Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly! w/ B.S.

Oh, Barbara. How I long to love you like so many do. It was sweet to the say the least, the dancing and the singing all made it worthwhile. Every once in awhile, I wanted to yell “Mr. Wilson!” but contained myself. It was a story of irony and romance, the matchmaker refusing to fall in love, falling deeply for a man she didn’t expect. It was light and delightful, kind of like having vanilla ice cream on a warm, crisp day. Seriously. That damn delightful.

The idea of connections is such a silly and odd thing to examine. We seem to find connections within our circles, and who we believe could be compatible with. I’ve fallen victim to blind dates set up by friends. Things weren’t always pretty and I’ve come out of it with an awkward “we..should do this again?” I’m not the biggest fan of my friends “hooking it up” for me, but I also semi-rely on it as well to get through the season – winter and spring. I don’t think I’ve played matchmaker probably because I figured if I can’t find anyone for myself, my skills are clearly not going to aid someone else’s love life.

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Day 81: The Four-Faced Liar

A confusing group just like your friends

If I needed lessons from a group of twenty-somethings…this would be it.

Not to get all analytical on anyone, but the film’s focus on Wuthering Heights is obviously reflective of the relationships within the film with an addition of a lesbian. Molly thinks she’s Katherine and Greg is Hindley – emotionally compatible but no passion. Basically, from what I gather from a bunch of college kids living in NYC is that I don’t want any of their relationships. One cheats, the other lusts, the other is just blissfully ignorant of the hopeless of their relationship. It’s an indie rome-com,  which really means this happens to everyone. Continue reading

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Day 76: The Wedding Date

The Wedding Date w/ Debra Messing & Dermot Mulroney

He’s the D-lister with the mostess. Dermot Mulroney seems to be one of the unauthorized kings of romantic comedies with the likes of John Cusack and Richard Gere. A hunk in his very own right, he should command more of the screen. Instead he plays second fiddle to most of the female actors he co-stars with.

Some of his noteworthy films are My Best Friend’s Wedding, Must Love Dogs, The Family Stone, and the Memory Keeper’s Daughter

Anyways, the Wedding Date is cute. Purely meant to make you believe that karma does exist to those who have done you wrong, even if it’s your sister. I can’t dislike Grace, I mean it’s Grace! It’s a cute comedy filled with sincere little quotes hidden amongst the fluff.

Do I believe that there’s karma for those who have done love wrong? Maybe. But I wouldn’t worry my little head about it.

“I’d rather fight with you than make love with anyone else. ”

 

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