Oscar Winner. Producer. Avid On-Screen Snorter. And my favorite girl next door—Sandra Sandy Bullock is not some Bimbo Hollywood Barbie. With her hippy curves, distinct beauty, and flawless sense of self, this actress is by far the ultimate Queen of Romantic Comedy.
Her first big screen performance did not win her an Oscar, or any nomination, come to think of it. But it did christen her into the genre of the Romantic Comedy: 1992’s Love Potion Number 9. Later she swore off the romantic comedy genre, saying she bleeping hated them. Oh, Sandy, you cannot hate what you are loved for, my dear.
Fast forward to 2009 and an amazing Proposal—along with Betty White—changed her mind. It’s the in-between years that sealed her fate as romantic comedy’s favorite leading lady, whether Sandy likes it or not, thankyouverymuch.
Oh, remember those big eyebrows she had in Love Potion Number 9? It was her warm up role for Miss Congeniality. The ugly duckling that turns into the swan. In Love Potion Number 9 she plays a lab geek cooking up a literal love potion with her leading man, Tate Donovan. Their work together has them falling in love, but the geeks want a chance at the jocks and cheerleaders they could never get before. Many antics ensue when the “love potion” gets into the wrong hands, like a hooker and a jerk. Love prevails and nerd love is commenced. Ha-cha-snort-snort-cha!
Sandy later got the part in an action flick called Speed. Not a romantic comedy, but it propelled into the spotlight at 50 MPH and since her little bus ride with Neo she has starred in sappy romantic flicks such as While You Were Sleeping, Two If By Sea, Hope Floats, Practical Magic, Forces of Nature, Miss Congeniality, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, Two Weeks Notice, The Lake House, All About Steve, and The Proposal.
A few of these films are meh, in my humble opinion, but two stick with me as my all time faves of the belly-aching, heart-sighing, tissue-blowing genre.
In Hope Floats, Sandy plays Birdie Pruitt, the prom queen/cheerleading captain who married the quarterback and lived a life of homemaking privilege. She later finds out about her hubby’s extra curricular activities on a talk show, Jerry Springer style, and is forced to return home and face the music. There she is reunited with the guy she grew up with (who still loves her) played by Harry Connick Jr. This movie isn’t all smiles and laughs, but a real coming of age story with so much heart I think I may watch it again after typing this.
Then there is Two Weeks Notice. Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock. Need I say more? Yes, you know you want me to. Sandra plays the do-gooder attorney who sells out and works for the man. Instead of being appreciated for the legal mind she is, Hugh Grant treats her more like a personal assistant. When he renegs on a promise not to tear down a local theater, she gives her proverbial two weeks’ notice. Alas, he is not the man she hoped he’d be. During these two weeks, and the very notion Hugh may lose her, he begins his own sarcastic English dry humor induced journey of self discovery. Said journey leads to an impasse on a New York City Street and a very delightful kissing scene.
Their chemistry is so friggin’ white-hot I swear they went all method acting in this film and had to have done the deed. They even joked on Oprah promoting the film that they did. Hah, I say, the joke must be on us because they are so flippin’ hysterical together and extremely easy on the eyes. Rumors flew after her breakup with the cheating lowlife who will not be named that they were dating but nothing proved to be a solid lead. Honestly, I don’t care about their real life. I just want them back together on screen.
Dang, now I want to watch this movie again, too!
What’s your favorite Sandra Bullock film?