My all time favorite romantic comedy is As Good As It Gets with Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson.
This is my go-to-movie just because the cast of characters is so diverse. You have the hard-working single mom who doesn't mind some clutter and mess. Then you have the super anal-retentive, OCD guy who is a jerk and socially awkward, but deeply sensitive. Finally, you have the uniting force, who happens to be a gay man looking to reconcile with his past and start over after a tragedy. There's just so many emotional ups and downs in this movie that you can't help but love it.
The memory this movie always conjures for me is that this is the first romantic comedy my husband and I watched together that we both enjoyed. (He's not a romantic comedy guy.)
The characters in Saving Sarah May that might actually be closest to Melvin and Carol are Emily and Sean. They are the most unlikely couple. The divorced mother of one who works in a bank putting together loans, and the single, never-been-married sheep farmer with a scientific degree. They're so opposite one another. However, I have never intentionally written characters modeled off of Mevin and Carol.
This movie has SO many quotable moments. But perhaps my favorite quote is when Melvin tells Carol: " I might be the only person on the face of the earth that knows you're the greatest woman on earth. I might be the only one who appreciates how amazing you are in every single thing that you do, and how you are with Spencer, "Spence," and in every single thought that you have, and how you say what you mean, and how you almost always mean something that's all about being straight and good. I think most people miss that about you, and I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food, and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive. And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me."
My top five romantic comedies:
1. As Good As It Gets
2. The Princess Bride
3. Bridgette Jone's Diary
4. The Holiday
5. 50 First Dates
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