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Do you like romantic movies?

Asked at La Prima Tazza, 638 Mass. on February 2, 2009

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“I like chick flicks because my wife likes them, and I have to like what she likes.”

Photo of Mary Wharff

“Yes, I do, because I’m romantic.”

Photo of Michael Johnson

“No. I prefer action movies and Bond movies.”

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“I do. They have a tendency to put a little bit of happiness in your heart.”


jonas_opines 9 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, I already have the bluebird of happiness to put a little bit of happiness in my heart. Movies are so the raven of macabre can put a little bit of crazy in my head.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 4 months ago

The Disney High School Musical series is a good one....romance is everywhere. Romance over violence any day of the week. Les Girls as well as some of the old dance/musicals are not too bad...lots of romance in these. Sex and the City seems to have a lot of romancing and interesting female chit chat. About two weeks ago we saw a kid flick about saving a local public school. Romance was there as well. Great sound track.Perhaps it should be "Make Music and Romance Not War".

Maddy Griffin 9 years, 4 months ago

Love 'em Love 'em Love 'em. Just saw "Mama Mia". A chick-flick that's also a musical?! To die for.

Christine Pennewell Davis 9 years, 4 months ago

not really a fan of chick flicks. shoot um up blow them up, and sci-fi are my kinda movies. like sports also not your average female.

jonas_opines 9 years, 4 months ago

multiD (et al) In response to your query, here is the new puppy.'re still working on the name, but the one we've both managed to like so far is Sumimaru, or short Sumi (Soo me), which is the Japanese name for the dark black calligraphy ink. (maru is just a prefix for a boy's name, but sort of a lordly one)Anyway, he's a German Shepherd mix with a cattle dog of some sort or another. I'm guessing some kind of heeler, perhaps the blue, because his face is shaped just like Ubermime's heeler when he was a puppy. So far, he's layed a big steaming pile of puppy love on the floor, just minutes after successfully peeing outside for the first time. sigh Also, he has a zebra chew toy that makes a sound like the Howl of Satan when it gets squeezed. But he's cute.

Ronda Miller 9 years, 4 months ago

Just saw "The Reader" yesterday at Liberty hall....a disconnected "love story"....the best kind of all......

Juergan Mader 9 years, 4 months ago

We are a house divided - Lifetime or Sci-Fi, I'll let you decide which side I am on... (For the record, thankfully the kids are more into Sci-Fi)!

conservativepunker 9 years, 4 months ago

Yes I do. A very soft hearted fella when it comes to that.

ms_canada 9 years, 4 months ago

Nope, not at all. I like crime stories the best. BUT, the only DVD's that I have in the house are The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Waking Ned Devine. My all time favourites. I also have several old VHS flicks featuring Mickey Rourke. I always knew he had something special. He is a great ACTOR. He never plays Mickey Rourke. Must go see The Wrestler soon.

alm77 9 years, 4 months ago

I always wind up feeling sorry for the main characters, aka, poor misguided souls who think that a relationship based on their feelings are going to give them a "happily ever after". My marriage is awesome, but it's built on hard work, dedication and commitment. Feelings come and go. The other night I told my husband "I'm in love with you." to which he replied "I love you, too." and I said, "No, right now, I'm in love with you, that's not always the case." My point was, I always love him, but those mushy feelings aren't always there (but sometimes they are and that's good, too.).Romantic movies are distorting reality and promoting unrealistic expectations to the general population! ;p

Deja Coffin 9 years, 4 months ago

I'm not really into romance or really sappy movies but my husband loves them. I think when we first started dating he bought me Freaky Friday and Seabiscuit just so he could watch them. I'd prefer a horror movie over a romance anyday. I watch romance movies and then just get mad at my husband, "see, look how he shows his love!"

beatrice 9 years, 4 months ago

Depends on the film, now doesn't it. A fabulous film, like "Enchanted April" for example, is a terrific movie despite the fact that it is also a chick flick. If you think about it, "Blade Runner" is a "romantic" film - boy meets girl, girl turns out to be a clone, boy runs off with clonegirl. Anyone who wouldn't watch Enchanted April or Blade Runner because they have romantic story lines would be foolish. Blade Runner also distorts reality and promotes unrealistic expectations to the general population. I mean, where are the flying cars? We should have them by now! Anyone who can't tell reality from fiction probably shouldn't be going to the movies in the first place.

ms_canada 9 years, 4 months ago

spacehog - glad someone agrees with me. My kids tease the life out of me about Mickey. Some of his films are just awesome. Barfly tops the list. Have you seen A Prayer for the Dying. I think it is my favourite of his. What about The Pope of Greenwich Village or Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, or Angel Heart, a truly awesome movie. I could go on. Dont' forget Diner or 9 1/2 Weeks. he was so gorgeous back then, No one could touch him. It is so sad what has happened to him. I actually cried when he got that Golden Globe award.

alm77 9 years, 4 months ago

prospect, we just watched that over winter break. The last five minutes was totally worth the first sucky hour and a half. We've put in on our list of favorites. That's a romance I can endorse!! HAHAHAHAHA!!

ms_canada 9 years, 4 months ago

spacehog - talk about getting in the mood - just get hold of the movie Wild Orchid with Mickey and his then wife, Carre Otis. Takes place in Brazil and the music is just great. The last 5 minutes of that film would put the coldest gal in the mood. This film, I believe, by Adrian Lyne has been called soft porn and I would agree with that label. And Homeboy, yes that too is a good film but not very well known. Rumblefish was a strange movie. All in black and white except for the last few minutes in a scene involving a tank of fish in a pet shop. The fish were brightly colored, the rest still black and white. Strange film.

beatrice 9 years, 4 months ago

Rourke is excellent in The Wrestler. He was very convincing -- I was ready for him to tell the audience to "Snap into a Slim Jim" at any second. It is also difficult to watch, with some pretty gruesome scenes. For instance, in one scene Marisa Tomei actually kisses Rourke. Yikes! She might have earned the Oscar nomination right then and there. Also, her biological clock might be ticking like this!, but time itself has been very kind to her, which is the exact opposite of Rourke. Great flick, highly recommended, and although it has romantic elements, I wouldn't exactly call it a chick flick ... unless your name is Chyna.

ms_canada 9 years, 4 months ago

Oh and I have been meaning to say, we Canadians get gypped on the commercials for the Super Bowl. We watched the game on one of those great big screens at a friends. And no fantastic commercials, :o( just Canadian crap. But we were treated to a great bowl of chili with Johnny cake and caesar salad at half time. And an excellent Riesling for me. Great host and good time for all. I was hoping for the Cardinals to win though.

denak 9 years, 4 months ago

It depends on if I think the couple. I can't stand so called "romantic" movies that glorifies adultery or the main characters are shallow.For example, I love the movie The Notebook. Great, great movie. The couple was genuine and they stayed together until the end. The book is written by Nicholas Sparks.Mr. Sparks also wrote "A Night in Rodenthe" which has Dianne Lane and Richard Gere in it. I love both actors, won't go see it. Why, because the main character is married, goes on vacation, meets another woman, falls in love.Obviously, I'm old-fashioned about this but if you can put that much effort into meeting someone new and falling in love, why don't you just go home and put that much effort in the marriage you already have. Another "romantic" movie I can't stand... Titanic. Rose was shallow and cruel. Honestly, I think she should have drowned rather Jack. What kind of daughter allows her mother think she is dead even if said mother is a little bit of a tyrant. If you are going to make a movie about love or romance, make it about love or romance not about sticking it to your parents or running away from your marriage.DenaP.S. I agree with the posters that say that Failure to Launch is a dreadful movie. I'm not even sure if I finished that one.

asleepinthechapel 9 years, 4 months ago

Multi - I love "The Professional" so much! I don't know that I would call it a romantic film, but it's certainly a film about love - love for your family, love of what you do, love of another, loving life. What a great film.I really loved Garden State, too, except for the end when he (SPOILER ALERT) goes back. He should have just kept on movin'. Neither of those are really romantic films and I honestly can't think of one good one that I've seen all the way through (never finished Dr. Z). There's certainly a difference between romantic films and romantic comedies. I hate romantic comedies. Ugh.

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