Chris and I love to watch movies. Before Charlie was born, and when we lived in Eugene, we would go to the movies probably once a week (because movies are, on average, $4 cheaper there, plus they have a second-run theater for $1.50 that plays movies as soon as they are out of the “big” theater. It’s awesome). Needless to say, we go to the movies far less these days, but we try to keep up by watching at home on Netflix and with Redbox.
We are also quoters. We watch movies several times, learn them, and quote them to each other at appropriate times. Then we laugh, and usually quote the rest of the movie just because we can. Fun for us, probably not for anyone else…and we’re okay with that. Example: While hanging out last night
getting completely embarrassed by Chris playing Canasta (cause we’re cool like that), we spent probably 5 minutes quoting “That Thing You Do!” It’s an exceptionally quotable movie, don’t get me wrong, but we were quoting Guy’s Dad’s lines. Obscure? Yes. Fun for us? Yes. Thank God no one else was here to have to sit through it.
Now that you have the required background, let’s get down to why we’re here. I like a lot of “guy” movies (action, suspense, thrillers…whatever have you), but not exclusively. I watch lots of “Romantic Comedies,” even some that could be labeled “Chick Flicks,” as well. So, with your indulgence, I will give you the Top 5 movies that I should be ashamed to love…but I’m not.
5: She’s The Man
Starting off strong, we’ve got Amanda Bynes pretending to be a boy, and Channing Tatum being a boy, and both of them pretending that they are young enough to be in High School even though Channing Tatum looks like a grown-ass man. Granted, while Amanda Bynes looks nothing like a high schooler as a girl, she does somewhat resemble a slightly pudgy-faced pubescent boy. Amanda Bynes is just silly enough, and this movie is just quotable enough, to make it highly enjoyable once every few months. Plus, even though I think there’s a rule that guy’s can’t like any other guy who draws the swoon and adoration of every freaking woman in the world, Channing Tatum is subtly funny enough in his movies that I enjoy him. However, not enough to see Magic Mike. Cause, seriously.
4: The Holiday or Love Actually
I couldn’t decide between these two, so here we go. Both of these have something in common: The English! Something about the accent gives them a +60 bonus to hillariousness. So, you’ve got Love Actually, stuffed full of as many British actors and storylines as can possibly be fit into one movie. Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, and Martin Freeman (of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and British “Office” fame). That, and I love that there are are exactly 6 American characters in the movie: 5 are, shall we say, loose, and the other one is a workaholic. Pretty transparent in their view of the states, I think.
Then there’s The Holiday. Jude Law and Kate Winslet provide all of the accented material needed, Jack Black is awesome in a “normal” role, and Cameron Diaz has…a few good moments, though she’s not nearly as funny as the others. The movie makes me laugh in a “it’s not outlandishly funny, but so funny!” kind of way. And hey, I don’t have to explain myself to you (even though that is essentially the point of this post…)!
3: The American President
This one goes back to my childhood, watching movies with my Mom. So, I may be able to claim exemption from any type of embarassment. But seriously, it’s fantastic. Not a huge fan of Annette Benning, but Michael Douglas is always great, and I love Michael J. Fox and Martin Sheen in their smaller roles. Super quotable, and Michael Douglas plays “just-getting-back-into-the-dating-game-and-I’m-nervous-but-I’m-the-president” really well, particularly in the scene where he’s going to…ummm…exercise his executive privilege? (Seriously, I feel dirty just writing that…) See for yourself below…note how quickly his demeanor shifts after she becomes more…aggressive? I don’t think he expected his speech to work quite that well.
2: Notting Hill
Effing Brits…got me again! Late 90’s Hugh Grant gets me every freaking time. Floppy hair and all. I mean, I don’t even know what to say, really, except that probably the crown jewel of this movie is Rhys Ifans playing “Spike”, Hugh Grant’s roommate. Seriously fantastic. I can’t find a good clip…but do I really even need to try and explain why this movie might be, in some circles, embarrassing to enjoy? I think everyone pretty well understands where I’m coming from, yeah? Okay.
1: Return to Me
This takes the #1 spot on the list if for no other reason than the fact that I discovered it on TV, bought it on DVD, and enjoyed it entirely independent of any female influence. I was in High School, didn’t have a girlfriend at the time…I have no excuse. Granted, it’s got a killer soundtrack featuring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (this movie may or may not have contributed to a years-long obsession with the Rat Pack), and an ace group of Old Guys (with Carroll O’Connor at the helm) that are the inspiration for the type of Old Guy I aspire to be. You should watch the super-low quality trailer I managed to dig up if only to catch a few glimpses of them. Other than that, and Jim Belushi providing occasional comic interjections, there is nothing saving this. David Duchovny and Minnie Driver are kinda meh…I dunno. But seriously, watch the Old Guys.
So there you have it. I’m a guy, and I can freely admit to enjoying these movies. I mean…I can admit it to you…but probably not to my friends. I don’t think I’ll be bringing these to our next Call of Duty/NCAA Football gaming party for a nice diversion.