Romance According to Extra

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)

“Ehm, look. Sorry, sorry. I just, ehm, well, this is a very stupid question and… particularly in view of our recent shopping excursion, but I just wondered, by any chance, ehm, eh, I mean obviously not because I guess I’ve only slept with 9 people, but-but I-I just wondered… ehh. I really feel, ehh, in short, to recap it slightly in a clearer version, eh, the words of David Cassidy in fact, eh, while he was still with the Partridge family, eh, “I think I love you,” and eh, I… I just wondered by any chance you wouldn’t like to… Eh… Eh… No, no, no of course not… I’m an idiot, he’s not… Excellent, excellent, fantastic, eh, I was gonna say lovely to see you, sorry to disturb… Better get on…”

—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.


“Titanic” (1997)

 “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?


26 comments on “Romance According to Extra

  1. G Fresh says:

    If “As you wish.” isn’t on this list, I declare shenanigans and that this list is without merit. 😉

  2. Jamie says:

    I base a quote’s value on the completely shallow and subjective assessment of the quoter’s looks. Therefore, thumbs up to all words spoken by Andrew Lincoln and Daniel Day-Lewis. Jack Nicholson, not so much.

  3. I’ll tell you the most important tip off to me, even more than 40 Year Old Virgin. It’s that there is exactly 1 movie on this list that is before the 80s, and it’s a Romeo and Juliet line. This means this list was compiled by a group of people in their 20s or 30s who needed a token old thing on the list so they didn’t look too young to do this list, so they stuck Romeo and Juliet into imdb and grabbed the first one they saw. How can a top 25 of all time including nothing before the 80s?

  4. *cackles* So I went to see the article on their site, and the first dozen comments are spammers. That is so very appropriate.Especially when one of them is a Viagra ad in a foreign language. That’s just hilarious.

  5. Alright, I’ve read ahead to the rest of the list, and they have a *few* more older ones. Better ones. But then they keep unredeeming themselves in another click or two. I’ll withhold further comments on the other ones till you get to post them though. :>

    I’m not sure if I agree with you on 7 or not. Yes, it’s an “old and grumpy” line, but it’s romantic in the sort of way that people who don’t say romantic things communicate their feelings. It expresses more than its words alone, and I’m not sure if I should count that context in evaluating it, or only evaluate the words.

  6. Sara no "H" says:

    I loved that part on “Love Actually” and that never “actually” happens in real life :).

  7. Jenn says:

    1. Notebook – Okay so tries to be everything Hollywood thinks we (women) think romance should be – too schmaltzy for me to finish.

    2. Twilight – I have read the books, seen the movies and maybe let a few catcalls at Jacob slip my lips. But this is not romance – it is anything but when you think about it.

    3. Dirty Dancing – I can support this, maybe it’s the spiral curl or the dancing – but there is something summer fling with something more about it. Yes this is romantic.

    4. Anything with Jack Nicholson is not romantic for me – even if Helen Hunt tries to save the day.

    5,7,9,10 Hugh on the other hand, prostitute fiasco or not, is the stuff schmaltzy Hollywood ideas of romance sprout from. So for that mater I guess his movies have some romance. The same could be said of John Cusack movies.

    Okay so the 40 Year Old Virgin – goodness me, it’s not romantic. I watched with a boy I liked who though it was funny, for me it was painful with some redeeming moment – that does not a romantic anything make. As for R & J – my little Shakespearean kids, oh how the world misunderstands you – it was never intended to be romantic, it was suppose to be a comedy by drama conventions and then he tricked the audience and made it a tragedy. Love wasn’t really the point – you really shouldn’t be looking for love in any of Shakespeare’s works.

    I think all your brilliant readers should make a list. Nominate one movie and defend your choice.

  8. For nominating a quote and defending our choice….does a line from a song in a movie version of a musical count? Or does it have to be a non-sung line?

    • Jenn says:

      I think singing is fine as long as it is part of the movie – so using Titanic as an example – Celine’s song would not count, but if Leo has broken out in song as the ship went down, that would be fair game.

      • I was thinking of “Do You Love Me?” from Fiddler on the Roof. “I suppose I do.” “And I suppose I love you, too.” “It doesn’t change a thing, but even so….after twenty-five years….it’s nice to know.”

        That’s still my favorite song from the whole musical, because it says so much about love lived vs feelings experienced.

  9. Chris says:

    Following Jenn’s advice, I say that “Now you tell me.” (Mel Gibson to Julia Roberts in Conspiracy Theory) might be my pick. It’s funny too.

  10. Riggs says:

    i cried while watching the notebook. and i’m not ashamed of that.

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  12. Mandie Marie says:

    I’m going to go with the crappy movie trend on this one. The Wedding Planner:

    “I barely know you. I don’t know your dad’s first name, I don’t know if you ever wore braces, or contacts, or glasses and I have no idea how you came to be a wedding planner, Mary. But I do know the curves of your face. And I know every fleck of gold in your eyes. I know that the night at the park was the best time I’ve ever had.”

    You know, if you’re into the whole “strangers confessing their love to you even though they are engaged and you’re planning their wedding” thing.

  13. Jenn says:

    While Dirty Dancing might be my favorite – Pretty In Pink is probably close behind for this line and a few others. So her dress might be hideous, and well maybe a whole lot of the costuming is hideous, but I still like it.

    Blane to Andie: “You said you couldn’t be with someone who didn’t believe in you. Well I believed in you. I just didn’t believe in me. I love you… always.”

  14. reneamac says:

    I would have gone with, “I’m looking at you, Miss.” from Last of the Mohicans.

  15. Who cares what Extra thinks?

    What’s your top ten list, Sharideth?

  16. Chad Jones says:

    Hello, I’m a guy. I’ve seen Jerry Maguire tens of times. I’ll be disappointed if it isn’t on tomorrow’s list.


    I had you at hello! 😉

  17. educlaytion says:

    I can’t believe they left off Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II. This list has no credibility.

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