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my “meet-cute” list

No, it’s not a meet-up with a cutie.

The first time I heard the term “meet-cute” was while watching “The Holiday”, a film with Kate Winslet where she had a house swap with Cameron Diaz during Christmas break. It was mentioned by the elderly neighbor (Arthur, played by Eli Wallach) in the scene when he was lost and Kate helped him find his house.  He told Kate’s character that he enjoyed their “meet-cute”, after which he explained what he meant.

The Urban Dictionary describes “meet-cute” as: “Scenario in which two individuals are brought together in some unlikely, zany, destined-to-fall-in-love-and-be-together-forever sort of way (the more unusual, the better).”

The term, popularized by Roger Ebert and other film critics, is one of the most crucial point in any romantic comedy film. If the meet-cute is too ridiculous to be sweet, or too pragmatic to be funny, then it’s a downward spiral from then on.

I actually have tons of work to complete, but I just don’t have the heart to do them! So I figured, maybe I’ll do this instead – waste about 1 or 2 hours of precious study time – then maybe I’ll feel pressured enough to get my brain working again. Anyway, so here’s my list. Not in any particular order:

(Disclaimer: If a movie makes this list, it doesn’t automatically mean it’s a great romantic comedy film. It just has a great meet-cute scene.)

(1) Notting Hill: Hugh Grant’s character spills orange juice on Julia Robert’s shirt.

(2) My Big Fat Greek Wedding:  John Corbett walks into a greek restaurant, Nia Verdalos’ character looks like a clueless zombie. John’s friend asks for more coffee, she pours coffee in John’s cup.

(3) My Sassy Girl: the girl, drunk and barely alive in a train station, saved by a boy who ended up carrying her through the streets, and up a flight of stairs.

(4) Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind: Clementine and Joel in a beach party, Joel sitting in the stairs far from the crowd – Clementine nearby then she says, “Hi, I’m Clementine. Can I have a piece of chicken?”

(5) Fools Rush In: While standing in a bathroom queue in a Mexican restaurant, Matthew Perry’s character allowed Selma Hayek’s character to go in front of her, and not at the end of the line.

(6) Something’s Gotta Give: Jack Nicolson was dating Dianne Keaton’s daughter and during a romantic rendezvous in her Hampton beach house, she mistakes Nicholson as a drunk/bum/intruder.

(7) 50 First Dates: Drew Barrymore’s character playing with her waffles in a diner, Adam Saddler approaches and helps fix her waffle house’s door.

(8) Wimbledon: Paul Bettany’s character was given the wrong hotel room when checking in for the tournament, he walks into Kristen Dunst’s room instead.

(9) Definitely, Maybe: Ryan Reynold’s character (idealist, starry-eyed politician) discusses Clinton’s politics while getting photocopies from Isla Fisher’s copy girl character.

(10) The American President: Annette Bening as an environmental lobbyist, trying to impress her boss, made sly remarks about the president (Michael Douglas), not knowing he was already in the room.

(11) Reality Bites: Winona Ryder, throws her cigarette into Ben Stiller’s convertible, causing him to crash.

(12) 500 Days of Summer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Dechanel inside an elevator. Joseph’s character thought Zooey is a snob, then she mentions that she loves “the Smiths” and she sings “to die by your side, is such a heavenly way to die”.

(13) Meet Joe Black: Brad Pitt’s character, inside a phone booth talking to her little sister. Claire Forlani listens in to the conversation. They sit by the bar, adding cream and sugar to their coffees in graceful precision.

(14) Ever After: Drew Barrymore’s Cinderella character hits the Prince with apples, thinking he was stealing their horse.

(15) Baz Luhrman’s Romeo+Juliet: Romeo, washing his face to regain his mental functions after taking a pill from Mercutio – sees Juliet across a fish tank.

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