i’m not proud. i like me a good tv magazine show on occasion. “good” being a relative term. i think it’s the overwhelming lack of judgment and taste that i enjoy most.
Extra does not disappoint. they recently published their top 25 Most Romantic Movie Quotes list. i will be doing my breakdown of the first 13 today and the last 12 tomorrow. it’s going to be totally precious. and by precious, i mean WTF.
“The Notebook” (2004)
“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, for ever, you and me, every day. Will you do something for me, please? Just picture your life for me? 30 years from now, 40 years from now? What’s it look like? If it’s with him, go. Go! I lost you once, I think I can do it again. If I thought that’s what you really wanted. But don’t you take the easy way out.”
—Noah (Ryan Gosling) to Allie (Rachel McAdams)
okay, this one isn’t so bad. but take away the rain and it’s just desperation with six pack abs.
“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” (2009)
“I love you. You’re my only reason to stay alive… if that’s what I am.”
—Edward (Robert Pattinson) to Bella (Kristen Stewart)
i’ve read the books. i’ve seen the movies. even been to a midnight premier. what? i have a 13 year old daughter, so sue me. anyhoo, this is painful and and just ugh no matter how you look at it. “if that’s what i am”? seriously?
“Dirty Dancing” (1987)
“Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.”
—Baby (Jennifer Grey) to Johnny (Patrick Swayze)
this one i can get behind. top 25 though? not sure about that. she is pleading and whiny. bless her spiral perm. “nobody puts Baby in a corner.” RIP Patrick Swayze.
“As Good As It Gets” (1997)
“…I might be the only one who appreciates how amazing you are in every single thing that you do, and … I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food, and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive. And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me.”
—Melvin (Jack Nicholson) to Carol (Helen Hunt)
this one is decent, but i’m pretty sure nobody but Jack Nicholson could pull it off.
“Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994)
—Charles (Hugh Grant) to Carrie (Andie MacDowell)
okay, this one i like. Hugh Grant really knew how to make the ladies swoon prior to being caught with a hooker. this movie had me in the first 60 seconds when it dropped like 47 f-bombs.
“Romeo and Juliet” (1968)
“But soft; what light through yonder window breaks? It is my lady! O, it is my love. O that she knew she were.”
—Romeo (Leonard Whiting)
stop!!!! you’re doing it wrong! “…it is the east, and Juliette is the sun. Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon…” is how that goes and how it’s done. eat that Twilight.
“On Golden Pond” (1981)
“Listen to me, mister. You’re my knight in shining armor. Don’t forget it.”
—Ethel (Katharine Hepburn) to Norman (Henry Fonda)
Katharine Hepburn being all old and grumpy isn’t romantic unless you are also old and grumpy.
“Love Actually” (2003)
“But for now, let me say — without hope or agenda, just because it’s Christmas and at Christmas you tell the truth — to me, you are perfect. And my wasted heart will love you. Until you look like this [picture of a mummy]. Merry Christmas.”
—Mark (Andrew Lincoln) to Juliet (Keira Knightley)
signs are not just romantic, they’re sexy. this one i can stamp with my oh so
not important approval.
“Notting Hill” (1999)
“Don’t forget I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”
—Anna (Julia Roberts) to William (Hugh Grant)
if it was anyone else besides Julia Roberts, this would just be sad. “asking him to love her”? puh-lease.
“Say Anything…” (1989)
“What I really want to do with my life — what I want to do for a living — is I want to be with your daughter. I’m good at it.”
—Lloyd (John Cusack) to his girlfriend Diane’s (Ione Skye) dad (John Mahoney)
there is so much about this movie that is romantic, i’m not really sure why they picked something one dude said to another dude. don’t get me wrong the line is really good. in fact, screw what i said at first, it’s pretty freaking roMANtic.
“The 40 Year-Old Virgin” (2005)
“I’m very discreet but… I will haunt your dreams.”
—Paula (Jane Lynch) to Andy (Steve Carell)
really Extra? top 25 MOST romantic? this doesn’t even make the top 25 most palatable.
“Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me… it brought me to you … You must do me this honor, Rose. Promise me you’ll survive. That you won’t give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless. Promise me now, Rose, and never let go of that promise.”
—Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) to Rose (Kate Winslet)
if they had stopped after “it brought me to you”, i could support it. the rest is just stressful and makes me feel cold.
“The Last of the Mohicans” (1992)
“…You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.”
—Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) to Cora (Madeleine Stowe)
this one should be top 10 (on a real list of best romantic quotes). easy. however, i may not be very objective since Daniel Day-Lewis could hand me a Tic Tac and i’d think it was the most romantic gesture of all time.
what are your thoughts on my assessments so far? do you think Jane Lynch and Steve Carell talking about sex is romantic? does your therapist agree?