Thursday Movie Picks: Meet Cute

My friends and I were talking about online dating, and how it’s not for some of us and would prefer to meet people the organic way. In part, I think that is wishful thinking if you’re thinking of meeting people outside your network because unless you put yourself out there, you’re not going to meet any one new. The other end though, is meeting someone coincidentally and turns out you end up with them. It’s the stories of people you know that make it seem like it is a possible scenario, but statistically how likely is it to happen? I can go on a tangent on this topic alone, so here are my picks for this week.

Say I Love You - Say I Love you is a Japanese movie set in high school, where the main character somehow ends up into a relationship with a guy that’s somehow the opposite of her. He’s friendly, popular, and well-liked. She’s shy and tends to keep away from other people. Most of the conflict they encounter involves romantic intentions from other people. The relationship did help bring the main character out of her shell - making friends, knowing what wants and determined to keep it. At the same time, it taught the love interest to be more thoughtful and mindful, and to evaluate his own feelings. The story starts immediately when they get into a relationship because he helps her thwart her stalker by declaring he loves her, then kisses her. 

What’s Your Number - Anna Faris and Chris Evans play neighbors who help each other out when she hires him to look into her past boyfriends because according to a magazine, she should have already found the person she was meant to be with because of the number of people she slept with. In return, she makes up excuses for him so he can escape the numerous women he’s had relations with. I like the chemistry they both have here. It’s a fun movie to watch. This was also based on a book, though I can’t recall if I liked the movie ending or the book’s ending better. Plus, Chris Evans is shirtless a lot of times, so what’s not to like? 

Leap Year - I need more Matthew Goode romantic comedies, really. I wouldn’t mind Matthew Goode in dramatic romance movies too. He stars with Amy Adams as a pub owner who takes Adams’s character into Dublin so she can try to propose to her boyfriend on leap day. While I like the chemistry these two have, the movie needs more romantic moments between them - particularly in better shots and lighting. There were scenes that were romantic but it was either too dark or too far (the camera work for that proposal scene? Why take us out of the moment?). This was cute though.

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12 comments:

  1. What's Your Number? is such a nice rom-com!

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  2. What's Your Number is a cute film thanks to the charm of the lead duo and how they interact with each other. It's flyaway but pleasant.

    Leap Year didn't do much for me but then I find Adams completely risible. With another leading lady I probably would have liked it more.

    I'm unfamiliar with your first one but it sounds intriguing.

    I decided to do a theme within the theme as a tribute to one of the queens of romantic comedy-Doris Day.

    Pillow Talk (1959)-Ultrachic interior designer Jan Morrow (Doris) and wolfish songwriter Brad Allen (Rock Hudson) battle over their shared party line without ever meeting. One night when Jan is enduring a bad unwanted date with a client’s drunken son at a nightclub Brad sees her dancing. Instantly attracted and knowing he’s poison to her if she hears his name he pretends to be Texas rancher Rex Stetson. Laying on the charm and aw shucks naiveté he sweeps Jan off her feet soon falling for her himself but when Jan’s other beau (and friend of Brad’s) Jonathan (Tony Randall) discovers the deception he hurries to let Jan know she’s being taken for a ride. Complications ensue but true love eventually wins the day.

    The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)-Jennifer Nelson’s (Doris) father Axel (Arthur Godfrey) runs a tourist boat with a glass bottom off Catalina Island and to help business Jennifer swims underneath dressed as a mermaid complete with tale. One day Bruce Templeton (Rod Taylor) hooks her fin and they bicker until he returns her costume. Later she discovers he’s her new boss at her day job in a research lab, tensions and sparks continue to fly.

    Lucky Me (1954)-Candy Williams (Doris) is a member of a cash strapped traveling vaudeville troupe stranded in Miami who are forced to work at a hotel when their leader Hap (Phil Silvers) tries to scam the place out of a lavish meal for them. Staying at the hotel is Broadway producer Dick Carson (Robert Cummings) working on his new show. The superstitious Candy goes for a walk one morning and in trying to avoid a black cat crossing her path jumps to the side causing Dick to smash his car into a wall while she walks on blithely unawares. Dick takes the car to a garage and the mechanic loans him the garage’s jalopy while he works on the car. Heading back to the hotel he again espies Candy now jumping along the sidewalk to avoid cracks and distracted he runs into a fire hydrant. Candy apologizes and takes him for a mechanic, he plays along which eventually leads to complications before love and Broadway success for all wraps things up.

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    1. I haven't seen any Doris Day movies, but I'll give your picks a try!

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  3. so...I have not seen any but I will give Leap year a try. I might see What's Your Number if I see it on TV

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    1. I hope you like them if you do ever give both movies a try!

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  4. I've seen bits and pieces of all of your picks but never the entire thing. I agree with you re: online dating. I've been in a long term relationship but I don't think I'd even know how to date if I had to again. I'd need the internet.

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    1. Dating is hard work in any form; time and effort have to be invested. The internet does help widen your network, but it's not like everyone is a gem on there.

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  5. What's Your Number? is fun! and yes, they used evans right in this one :)

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    1. Honestly, if one just want to ogle at Chris Evans for 90 minutes, this movie is possibly one could watch. :))

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  6. I've seen What's Your Number. I remember the premise but not much other than that.

    Leap Year...I suppose they were trying to balance romantic moments and the fact that she does has boyfriend...so they really could not do much...just hints at chemistry and potential.

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    1. There isn't a lot of heated moments in Leap Year, but Amy Adams and Matthew Goode make likable leads.

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