Number one on the list is the 2005 Pride and Prejudice adaptation. Featuring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen this is my all time favourite adaptation and I've watched it a few times now. While you could make the argument that this doesn't fit the rom/com genre, I disagree. It's full of quips and one liners that made me laugh.
There is such a sense of atmosphere and simmering tension. My all time favourite scene is Darcy's first failed proposal. They've both walked through the rain, they're both tortured by their feelings for each other, but full of pride.
Mr. Darcy: So this is your opinion of me. Thank you for explaining so fully. Perhaps these offences might have been overlooked had not your pride been hurt by my honesty...
Elizabeth Bennet: *My* pride?
Mr. Darcy: ...in admitting scruples about our relationship. Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your circumstances?
Elizabeth Bennet: And those are the words of a gentleman. From the first moment I met you, your arrogance and conceit, your selfish disdain for the feelings of others made me realize that you were the last man in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry.
[they look at each other for a long time as though about to kiss]
Mr. Darcy: Forgive me, madam, for taking up so much of your time.
I love Crazy, Stupid, Love. Such a sense of joy and reality in this movie as it explores different kinds of love. Ryan Gosling's character Jacob is my favourite and this scene which is a reference of Dirty Dancing is the most iconic romantic scene, but also full of humour:
'Will you take off your shirt... fuck! Seriously? It's like you're Photoshopped!' So funny.
This is also my all time favourite movie speech and I can so relate to it:
'I met my soulmate when I was fifteen years old. Our first date, we went for ice cream. After, my dad started teasing me about my ‘first date’ the way dads do. And I told him: ‘stop making a big deal, Dad. I’m going to go on lots of dates with plenty of girls.’ That was the first time I ever lied to my father. I met my soulmate when I was fifteen years old. And I have loved her with everything I have for every minute, of every day, ever since she let me buy her that first mint chip ice cream. I have loved her through the birth of our three perfect children, and I have loved her even as I’ve hated her — only married couples can truly understand that one. And I don’t know what will wind up happening with us, but I promise you this: I will never stop trying. When you find `the one’ you never give up trying…'
I love Chris Pine and will watch anything with him in it, but this movie is laugh out funny. I've watched it at least three times now and each time I walk away uplifted and happy from the romance, and from the comedy.
Some of my favourite moments are between Reese Witherspoon and Chelsea Handler who plays her BFF. This is a scene after Lauren sees her former boyfriend who dumped her:
Lauren: Oh, it was the most humiliating moment ever.
Trish: Well, that's because you have to come up with, like, better excuses. You should have been like, "I have a fiancé, too, but he's actually getting a penile reduction this afternoon because his penis is so big, every time it lands like a poltergeist."
So what romantic/comedy movies are on your list and why?
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