I present to you the first set: the ones I've labeled "sweet." (This may or may not mean kind of sappy/your mom likes this movie/relatively formulaic romantic comedy time!) The numbers are just to keep track of how many I've listed so far. THEY HOLD NO MEANING.
1. Amelie (2001)
|Couples biking can be treacherous--TAKE CAUTION. This is not a plot point, just advice from my real life experience.|
2. Bend It Like Beckham (2003)
|"Your dad's not here, is he?"|
3. Bread and Roses (2000)
|Even the douchey '90s hair and goatee** can't stop the hotness.|
4. Clueless (1995)
|"Granola breath, you got something on your chin."|
5. Corrina, Corrina (1994)
|Totally approved for screenings by Ethnic Studies TAs who don't feel like teaching.***|
6. Keeping the Faith (2000)
|Forget the romantic leads, I just want to have an inappropriate crush on Father Edward Norton.|
7. Me and Mrs. Jones (2002)
|Clearly written and filmed before 9/11, this plot largely hinges on this random journalist having free reign of Number 10.|
8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
|"What do you mean he don't eat no meat? Oh, that's okay, that's okay, I make lamb."|
9. That Thing You Do! (1996)
|Their cuteness makes up for the hideous '60s pantsuit she's wearing in this scene.|
10. Who Am I This Time? (1982)
|I'm sorry, did all that passionate acting rip up your shirt? Who knew Christopher Walken could be un-creepy? Desirable, even?|
So take that, Kelsy! Many, many more romances to come. Good thing I'm at this very, very quiet office all week.
*We do not actually have sibling rivalry. That I know of.
**Technically a Van Dyke, but colloquially since the '90s, everybody calls these goatees.
***Pro Tip: Ask your students to identify which of Patricia Hill Collins' controlling images of black women Whoopi's character either conforms to or defies. You're welcome for that lesson plan, BTWs.