#4. Four Weddings and A Funeral (1994)

“Why am I always at weddings and never actually getting married?” Those words uttered by the always debonair, Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and A Funeral, voice the thoughts of most 20-somethings everywhere. This Indie-Brit film from the mid-90s is a perfect reference for all us 20-somethings to learn from, because weddings often become an every-other-weekend occasion.

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#3. Airplane! (1980)

-“First time?”
–“No, I’ve been nervous lots of times.”

Airplane! (1980) is arguably one of the greatest comedies I have ever seen. This satirical disaster film tells the story of what happens when an airplane’s crew and passengers suddenly get violently ill from their fish dinners. Among the passengers on board is shell-shocked, former Air Force Pilot, Ted Striker (Robert Hays). Although Striker has developed a fear of flying due to the war, he becomes the only person on board capable of landing the plane safely. Striker’s character is a very nervous man, who since the war, has developed a “drinking problem.” However in Striker’s case, his “drinking problem” refers to his habit of throwing a drink in his eye whenever he is nervous. It is this kind of foolish comedy that makes the film.

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#2. The Crying Game (1992)

Okay, so I didn’t have too much information before I watched this one, but as it turns out, I would not have been able to see the plot twist coming. The Crying Game focuses on the bond formed between Fergus (Stephen Rea) and Jody (Forest Whitaker). Fergus is an Irish Republican Army (IRA) terrorist and Jody is a British soldier who is taken prisoner. To really understand the set-up of this film, you could do some research on the IRA and the British army. OR if you are as lucky as I happen to be, you have a father who took the first 10 minutes of the film to give you a full lesson on the geography/history of Ireland and Great Britain (shout out to you Pops).

Now, really not knowing too much about this film, I thought I was in for more of an action-packed movie. However the film quickly shifts over to a romantic drama, when Fergus meets Jody’s girlfriend. Some people might think I’m giving too much away (BELIEVE ME I’M NOT!!). The Crying Game is sure to keep the audience involved and on their toes with plot twists they’ll never see coming.

Bonus: This movies seems to have a great soundtrack to go along with it!

The WINNING LINE of this one has got to be: “It’s in my nature.” 

This simple line that is repeated throughout the film, is in my opinion the most crucial line of the film. By the end of the film it is sure to make one think about complexities of human nature (Or at the very least allow you to believe yourself when you say that the person mean mugging you from across the way is just doing it because they’re mean by nature). These lessons in human nature are good for all us 20-somethings.

My Rating: ★★


#1. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

prcairoI had never seen The Purple Rose of Cairo before, but it turns out that I couldn’t have picked a more perfect choice to start this blog, as the film is centered around the tangled worlds of film and reality. Schneider states in his book, that the message of this film is that, “Fiction can save our lives,” and I have to agree with him. 

Mia Farrow and Jeff Daniels are cast as the film’s leading roles. Farrow plays Cecilia, a woman who is stuck in an unhappy, abusive marriage and uses the movies as a means to escape her life. Jeff Daniels provides a great performance, playing actor, Gil Shepherd, and Shepherd’s in-movie character, Tom Baxter. The film takes off when Tom jumps out of the movie screen and into the real world to be with Cecilia. The film takes place during The Great Depression, but rather than focusing on the Depression, Allen focuses on how things of fantasy can provide an escape for people.

I have quite a soft spot for Jeff Daniels and thought that he did a great job. His portrayal of naive, screen character, Tom Baxter, is the comedic center-point of the film. It’s hard not to laugh as he tries to adjust to life in the real world, as he finds himself caught up in many interesting situations.

The biggest thing that I think all us 20-somethings should take away from this film is that although life can be confusing for a lot of us right now (or is it just me?), a little dose of fantasy every once in a while is healthy, so embrace it.

WINNING LINE:  “I just met a wonderful new man. He’s fictional but you can’t have everything.”

(Whether it’s a book, a movie, or a television show, haven’t we all thought this at least once?? Or if you’re like me thousands of times…)

My Rating:   ★★★★★