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November 28, 2010

Some people like spicy food and others don’t. Some people like romantic comedies, and others don’t. I sort of do like romcoms, for some reason. Or I don’t like them so much as I like watching them and getting offended about the way they portray women, and relationships, and everything.  Anyway, there are things in life that are difficult to quantify, but being humans, we give it our best shot. Scoville units measure the piquancy of peppers. Piquancy!, you are possibly exclaiming to yourself right now, I didn’t know they’d figured out how to measure piquancy! Well, they have. Similarly, my friends and I have a new way to measure the rom com-y-ness of rom coms.

The season for movie watching is here–too cold to go outside, holiday weekends leave you stranded, friendless, when everyone goes to visit their families, plus you find the cold weather makes you vaguely wistful and nostalgic for something, but you don’t know what, and you can’t quiet the strange feeling–and you still have your student i.d. in your wallet, and $6 isn’t so bad for a movie in the theaters these days…all this to explain why I may have seen so many movies in the last few weeks, and why you may need to know the information that follows.

OK, so there are two romcom-ish (one is lacking rom, the other lacks com, but hey, they’re close enough, ok. They occupy the same part of the pyramid in my movie diet: fluff. Sometimes fluff forms the base of my pyramid, other times, the tippy top.) films (that I’m aware of, which, hey, I don’t even know what the deal with Bieber is, so I’m not qualified to talk about current entertainment news, really) out right now, vying for your hard earned dollars. I watched them and weighed them and here’s my review: Love and Other Drugs is a bore and to be avoided. Morning Glory wins by a mile, purely because of the montages.

Love and... is about a pharmaceutical rep at Pfizer in the heady 90s/early aughts (why do we want to look back on those cringe-inducing days of careless excess now that the bill for the folly that was the 90s/early aughts has come due?). It’s just Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway having sex and sex and more sex, breaking up and crying, getting back together and crying, you know the drill.

Morning Glory has Diane Keaton, and also Jeff Goldblum, and Harrison Ford saying frittata numerous times. In Morning Glory, as in Love and.., the romance is boring and involves a good looking, nice guy with no personality. (I also appreciated that the romance was actually not the most important part of this girl’s life, or of this movie. She had career aspirations, and that’s what the movie was mostly about. It was fairly shocking.)

But there are AT LEAST TWELVE SNAPPY MONTAGES SET TO MUSIC in Morning Glory. TWELVE. MONTAGES. We counted.  Love and Other Drugs had a measly 6 or 7. Just so you know.

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