Author Macy Beckett is no stranger to romantic comedy; her most recent release, Sultry with a Twist, features a heroine with the unlikely name of Mae-June July Augustine, and if that's not rom-com, what is? Today Macy is here to talk her favorite friends-to-lovers movies. Thanks, Macy!
(Plus, stick around 'til the very end of the post to learn how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Sultry with a Twist!)
Hello, heartbreakers! Macy Beckett here, and I’m thrilled to join you today to dish about two of my favorite things: romantic comedies and the ol’ friends-to-lovers trope. Yes, I said it: trope. But I don’t give a rip if it’s clichéd—friendship is the foundation for any lasting love, and there’s nothing better than glimpsing that “ah-ha!” moment when two buddies discover they want more. Bonus points if you can make me laugh.
So without further ado, here are my favorite “Buds to Bow-Chicka-Wow-Wow” movies.
#5 Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Speaking of bow-chicka-wow-wow…
Okay, to really appreciate the awesomesauce that is this film, first you have to suspend your disbelief that a guy like Seth Rogen would ever stand a snowball’s chance of scoring with Elizabeth Banks. If you can get over that, this movie will make you laugh until you wet yourself. I double-dog-dare you not to snicker at this exchange between Zack and Miri:
Zack: Oh, you’ll be sorry when I’m giving you the best orgasms of your life.
Miri: Yeah, right. As if you even know what you’re doing down there.
Zack: Where’s the clitoris again? Is it in your ass?
(There’s a fixation with asses in this film, but I guess that’s fitting, considering the topic.) There are so many more hilarious scenes and lines to share, but sadly, most of them are NSFW. So if you haven’t already seen it, rent this one and experience it for yourself.
Ah, Clueless, the movie that made everyone say, “It’s not incest if you’re step-siblings.”
This one’s a classic, and I weep for you if you haven’t seen it. Cher really steals the show here, but she and Josh are adorable together, and the viewer roots for them the whole time…despite the fact that they’re kinda sorta brother and sister.
Hey, don’t judge. The heart wants what the heart wants.
#3 Some Kind of Wonderful
I’m cheating a little bit with this one, because it’s not LOL funny. There are a few prize zingers, like “Any fool can get into college. Only a select few can say the same about Amanda Jones,” and “You break his heart, I break your face.” But mostly it’s a bittersweet story of unconditional love. Because even though Watts, the heroine, is head-over-heels for her best friend, Keith, she supports his quest to date the uber-popular Amanda Jones because she cares about his happiness. That’s why it’s so rewarding when Keith finally takes his head out of his sphincter and realizes it’s his best friend he truly loves.
Besides, there’s some bitchin’ hair in this movie!
#2 10 Things I Hate About You
Okay, I’m cheating with this one too, because technically, this is an enemies-to-friends-to-lovers movie. But screw it. This is one of my all time favorite rom-coms, and it MUST make the list!
Aside from the fact that Heath Ledger was THE MAN, this movie delivers some of the most amazingly hilarious lines in film history, such as:
“I still maintain that he kicked himself in the balls,” and “You’re not as vile as I thought you were,” from Kat. And “What is it with this chick? She have beef-flavored nipples?” from Patrick.
But it’s Kat’s father—a paranoid obstetrician with too many teenage patients—who had me in stitches.
Walter: Do you know what happens at proms?
Bianca (his younger daughter): Yes, we’ll dance. We’ll kiss. We’ll come home…
Walter: Kissing? That's what you think happens? I've got news for you. Kissing isn't what keeps me up to my elbows in placenta all day long.
If by some chance you’ve missed this Taming of the Shrew retelling, get thee to Netflix! Now!
Which brings us to the best friends-to-lovers comedy of all time…
#1 When Harry Met Sally…
Imagine me slapping my palms against the table and screaming, “YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!”
You had to know this one was coming. (No pun intended.) This movie is the gold standard for friends-turned-lovers. And why? I think in part because Harry and Sally are quirky, yet endearing. They each have their flaws, but they’re such great people that we can’t help but root for them. I also love that we get so much of their history. We see them help each other through one crisis after another and fall for each other slowly, over the course of a decade. Their love is believable, and it’s built on 100% pure, selfless friendship.
And I challenge you to find a more romantic quote than this:
“I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” —Harry
So there you have it: my top 5.
What about you? Are there any friends-to-lovers movies you’d like to see on the list?
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Macy Beckett writes hot and humorous romances set in Sultry Springs, Texas: where first loves find second chances. Her debut novel, SULTRY WITH A TWIST, is now available in stores, and two more Sultry Springs romances will follow in 2013. Macy loves to hear from readers, so feel free to say hello on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMacyBeckett, or via her website, http://macybeckett.com/.