Romance Movie

Dorfman in Love (2011)

Dorfman-In-Love

Dorfman in Love (2011)

Director:

Brad Leong

Starring:

Sara Rue

Elliot Gould

Haaz Sleiman

Plot:

Unknowingly trapped in her role as caretaker of her unappreciative family, a young single woman desperately needs to get her own life. When she volunteers to cat sit at her unrequited love’s downtown L.A loft, her world, as she knows it, changes forever.

Review:

I love a good romance with an ugly duckling transformation, what made this even better was that the physical transformation wasn’t the focus. It was all about how she finally grew the balls to stand up to the people taking advantage of her and focus more on figuring out what she wanted to do with her life.

I liked it, it wasn’t as stupid as most of the current romances, though, it did have some introspective indie moments that I don’t care for too much. It was cute.

4/5

 

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Belle (2013)

Belle

Belle (2013)

Director:

Amma Asante

Starring:

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Matthew Goode

Emily Watson

Plot:

The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.

Review:

There’s really not much, more romantic than 18th century England. Love the clothing and the decor. It’s all so pretty and Belle has an original twist.

Dido, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is a mixed race daughter being raised by her great-uncle who is the highest court in the land. I know next to nothing about slavery in England and the way the aristocracy acts is confusing and unnatural to me. However, I still love to watch movies set in this era and read the occasional historical romance.

I enjoyed the romance combined with the uncertainty surrounding the case being tried. The movie is not historically accurate, so says wikipedia, but I wasn’t expecting it to be. It was a nice way to end my romance movie month and I would definitely recommend it.

4/5

Double Wedding (2010)

DoubleWedding

Double Wedding (2010)

Director:

Craig Pryce

Starring:

Tia Mowry-Hardrict

Tamera Mowry-Housley

O.T. Fagbenle

Chad Connell

Plot:

Two sisters, no love lives. Both end up dating the same man, and inviting him to meet the family on December 17th. He doesn’t know there are two sisters or that he committed to two different dates on the same day.

Review:

It should really be called Triple Wedding, but I guess they didn’t count the grandparents renewing their vows.

The poster really ruins the “twist” and if you can somehow miss seeing it then it might be better. That actually pissed me off, a movie poster or movie trailer should not ruin a movie. Shouldn’t that be common knowledge?

I’m not a twin, but do they often end up unknowingly dating the same man? I thought the premise was contrived, they’re supposed to be close but it was over a month before they realized what was going on and then the way they dealt with it was a bit stupid.

All that being said, I didn’t hate the movie. It was cute and had its moments.

3/5

The Decoy Bride (2011)

The Decoy Bride

The Decoy Bride (2011)

Director:

Sheree Folkson

Starring:

Kelly Macdonald

David Tennant

Alice Eve

Plot:

When the world’s media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent.

Review:

Another Netflix recommendation. Love the Scottish accents, it reminds me of Brave. A quick search tells me that Kelly Macdonald did the voice of Merida in Brave, so that’s probably why.

I kind of feel sorry for Lara, Alice Eve, she’s evidently a great person, she’s just not right for James, David Tennant. He is the doctor, though, so it’s hard to be the one for him.

The story was cute, nothing really amazing except for the accents. I liked it and would watch it again. Reminded me of The Matchmaker with Janeane Garofalo, but that was probably just the accents. Did I mention I loved them?

3.5/5

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Director:

David O. Russell

Starring:

Bradley Cooper

Jennifer Lawrence

Robert De Niro

Plot:

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Review:

So this was one of the top movies Netflix had recommended for romance and I haven’t seen it, so I figured why not.

Not a very romantic opening. Bradley Cooper’s character is bipolar and doesn’t want to take his meds. He’s a bit crazy with moments of way too crazy. Tiffany, Jennifer Lawrence, is also messed up. Her cop husband has died and she has fallen back into bad habits. Slutty habits. She really just needs someone to love her for her and not for her wild sexy behavior.

After it’s clearly explained that they’re both fucked up, Tiffany says she’ll only give his ex-wife a letter if he dances with her. Naturally.

When they finally dance I had my fingers in my ears and I was humming because it was just too much tension for me. In the end their crazies meld and everyone was happy.

This was not the type of romance I was looking for, and the beginning was a bit rough for me to get through, but I liked the ending. I guess I’m just not cultured enough to like Oscar winners.

3/5