Kenzi Shaw has her life scripted out down to the last line; her career, her fairytale wedding to her gorgeous fianc�e, and even the children they will raise in her dream home. Until her ex comes on the scene and tries to win Kenzi over by re-enacting all the rom com movies they used to watch together - Sleepless in Seattle, Bridget Jones' Diary, Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing to name a few.
Inspired by these event in Victoria Van Tiem's new book Love Like The Movies
, we asked editor Caroline Hogg to tell us her favourite movie couples of all time. 1.
Harry and Sally from When Harry Met Sally
It all began with Harry and Sally, to my mind. More specifically, with the fantastic writing of Nora Ephron bringing to life two characters who are funny and a Sunday-afternoon-joy to watch, but who also feel real. And that’s the big thing in romantic comedies: you’ve got to laugh, and occasionally get teary, but if these people don’t feel like your friends or someone you’re going to meet at the supermarket, it’s going to fall flatter than a very flat pancake. (I would love to meet Billy Crystal over a cauliflower at my local Sainsbury’s, just saying.)
This is the classic will-they-won’t-they movie, where hate turns to like turns to love and you get to enjoy Meg Ryan’s comedy hair stylings along the way. 2.
Jane and Kevin from 27 Dresses
Not always critically acclaimed in the rom com world, I can’t help but get caught up in this really fun movie (and I also love how Kenzi and Shane re-enact one of its scenes in Love Like the Movies). It’s got weddings, it’s got unrequited love, a nightmare sister and a drunken bar scene. What more could you want? Jane is a classic control freak character, slowly undone by the troublesome Kevin. Predictable, maybe, but still satisfying.
Baby and Johnny from Dirty Dancing
‘I carried a watermelon.’ If that doesn’t mean anything to you, check your pulse: you might be dead. There’s a good few generations of movie goers out there who now secretly dream of being lifted up in a lake on a summer’s day or having an entire hall break out into spontaneous (but miraculously co-ordinated) dance moves around them. Baby is the serious, shy type we’ve all been at some point in our teens and Johnny the tearaway with a heart of gold under that muscled chest. Not only do you NEED this in your DVD collection, you also need the brilliant soundtrack too. 4
. Sam and Annie from Sleepless in Seattle
It was tempting to pick only Meg Ryan movies for my top five, but I’ll settle for two. Sleepless in Seattle manages to mix very sad and complicated themes (loss and grief) with a genuinely uplifting love story, with a little sprinkling of destiny thrown in. No spoilers, but it has a lot to do with the big climatic ending to Love Like the Movies… 5
. Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled
Well, I don’t mind if you think I’m childish – this is such a great movie it has to make it into the top five. At first glance it’s classic fairytale stuff but after ten minutes you realise Rapunzel wants to do much more than just brush her magic locks and wait for a prince to turn up and whisk her away. And Flynn is no textbook heroic prince, either: more like a ruffian mixed with the village idiot. With a feisty heroine keeping the hero on his toes, and some really catchy songs, it’s a feel-good experience for everyone. (And watch out for Rapunzel and Flynn’s cameo in Frozen, trivia fans.)