For those who read my books, you might have guessed I like I bit of humour amidst the hectic gore of hospital life. I know from personal experience that sometimes an off colour, in-poor-taste, joke is the only way to get through a truly heinous shift. In fact I think nurses have a knack of cracking jokes of the blackest humour at the most inappropriate times because it’s a coping mechanism and other nurses… well they just get it.
I know this isn’t the way the public view nurses. They like to think we’re “angels” and somehow sacred and pure – but let me tell you, every time a patient dies or something awful happens to a really nice person, it takes a little piece of you and any nurse that sticks around for a while has developed some way of deflecting the moments that cut them to the core. We can be a cynical bunch beneath our halo and wings.
So it’s probably no surprise then that I’m a huge romcom movie fan. I love them all, even the bad ones and believe me, there are sooo many bad ones which is frustrating as hell for me when a tweak here and a polish there could have made all the difference. A lot of them seem to rely on the big star names rather than the content which is just such a crying shame!
So it’s a thing of beauty when they get it right. I thought I’d list my fav romcoms and see what yours are so I can go watch then too if I haven’t already. Strictly speaking they’re not all romcoms but any movie that makes me laugh and sigh I’m willing to label romcom and it’s my blog so I’m setting the rules 🙂
For many years I’ve had five staples. And I would have watched each of these films easily 20 times each!
Notting Hill – best ending ever!!!
Love Actually – laughed, cried, held my breath, got turned on and just loved, loved, loved.
Bridget Jones’s Diary – best last line ever!
Four Weddings and A Funeral – some of you are now saying, hold on, she has a thing for Hugh Grant. And I have to say – not necessarily. But he has chosen his films wisely and I love the English “fop” he plays so well. My Big Fat Greek Wedding – just love this film. In many ways it was an “old fashioned” romance because of the heroine’s inexperience – love the pashing in the car scenes, love how great the hero is with her, love how sweet her brother is with her.
And then the last few years I’ve added some more to my regular go-to’s.
PS I love you – what’s not to love about an Irish Gerard Butler and a love-cut-short-by-death story?
The Holiday – never got the Jude Law thing until this movie! Now totally get it!
Raising Helen – another John Corbett film. Have loved him since Northern Exposure and he does not disappoint in this romcom as a priest!
Dan in Real Life – you can cut the yearning and heartbreak of the hero in this film with a knife. I never ever thought of Steve Carrel as a sexy man until this film. Now I have a very unnatural crush….
Stranger Than Fiction – another “out there” addition but I defy anyone to watch this film and witness the growing relationship between Will Ferrel and Maggie Gyllenhaal and not be sucked in. Will has never crossed my radar as a romantic lead but in this film I could have easily done him on the couch after that guitar solo – hubba hubba!
So, please share – what are your fav romantic films? Anybody seen Ruby Sparks? It looks like it’s going to be next on my list!