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Romantic Movie Series – Final Notes

In February, I published a series of blog posts about my favorite romantic movies. I tried to pick some which I could really “get behind” in terms of script and characters whose decisions don’t all make me facepalm. Of course, I enjoy other romantic movies than the ones listed, but some are really for pure entertainment when I want a no brainer. The eight movies I wrote about in this series are some that I can rewatch, and some on a (semi) regular basis.

I realized that certain patterns emerge when I put these (unlikely) titles together. I like when the romance isn’t the sole narrative element of the movie, i.e. when it deals with family, career, blends different movie genres. I love good banter between the main couple of course, and solid chemistry, but I don’t see the need for graphic sex scenes. I enjoy when the chemistry is obvious and making the tension huge and sometimes almost unbearable while showing nothing graphic is a more solid accomplishment in my view from a direction standpoint.

I also find it important that the characters evolve but not just because of each other. It is important that they want a change and can take matters in their own hands and not just look for a crutch into the other person. Mutual respect and building the relationship over several months/years if possible is something I find important.

It seems that I’m showing that I’m entering my thirties at the end of the year, because I don’t really care anymore for teenage couple stories. I prefer watching movies about grown ups, even if “young” grown up. I don’t mind characters making mistakes: I think it is important they do, but I prefer characters who are able to learn from them, realize they made some, and not just be stupid hot heads the whole movie, or whining beings.

So, I hope that you enjoyed the blog series, and in February 2015, I already have another romance oriented blog series in mind, but not for actual romantic movies! Until then, here is the recap of all the lists from the 2014 romance series:

  1. The Cutting Edge
  2. The Bodyguard
  3. Serendipity
  4. Baby Boom
  5. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
  6. Kissing Jessica Stein
  7. Speechless
  8. Playing by Heart

Romantic Movie Series #7 – Speechless

While Geena Davis is one of my favorite actresses, I only got around to watching Speechless last summer. Directed by Ron Underwood and released in 1994, Speechless follow political speech writers Julia Mann (Geena Davis) and Kevin Vallick (Michael Keaton). The set up is pretty classic: they catch each other’s eye as they meet by accident one evening shortly after arriving where an upcoming election is going to happen. After a first evening spent talking, flirting and ending in an accidentally interrupted make out session in a car, they discover that they have the same job but for opposite sides.

Speechless isn’t any ground breaking romantic comedy, but it is one of my favorite regardless. I like how the characters get on each other’s nerves, but nevertheless respect each other in the end, beyond the pranks that can be pulled. While there are exes looming in the background, the movie feels more about what the protagonists want to do with their life than any sort of crappy love triangle/square.

Keaton and Davis have great chemistry and their banter is always priceless. There is also great sexual tension in the movie, and as in most movies I listed in this series, they don’t need graphic scenes to make it obvious. I have a particular soft spot for the ending when it is stated that Julia becomes an actual political candidate at an election and Kevin works with her, but still behind the curtain.

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