Quotable Quotes from 10 Quirky Romantic Movies
Offbeat choices for your Valentine’s Day movie night.
(SPOT.ph) Valentine's Day is just weeks away and you might be looking for a nice romantic movie to watch with your special someone. But let's face it, rom-coms can often be formulaic and sappy. Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. An obstacle arises but it is easily resolved, and they live happily ever after. Thankfully, some movies in this genre are anything but boring. They go off the beaten path, taking us on a strange, unpredictable, and idiosyncratic trip, with off-kilter pairings and wildly original premises. Here's a list of must-see movies (and their romantic quotes) for those who prefer a more eccentric kind of love story.
What are your picks for quirky romantic movies? Feel free to share it in the comments section!
As Good As It Gets (1997)
Quirk factor: Boorish, misanthropic Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) has a serious case of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Part of his routine is being waited on by no-nonsense waitress Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt) at his go-to cafe. When Carol resigns to look after her asthmatic son Spencer, Melvin finds himself in crisis. He gets a doctor to tend to Spencer and foots the bill, just so Carol can go back to work. As their lives become more intertwined, Melvin realizes she brings out the best in him, and Carol discovers that beneath the gruff exterior is someone she can love.
Lost in Translation (2003)
Quirk factor: Aging actor Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is in Tokyo to do a commercial for a brand of Japanese whiskey. At the hotel where he is staying, he meets young newlywed Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) whose husband John (Giovanni Ribisi) leaves her to while away the time while he’s working on photo assignments. The strangers become fast friends as they bond over their culture shock and the loneliness in their own lives. It would have been all too easy for them to have an affair, but their palpable chemistry, friendship, and unacknowledged longing make the brief encounter all the more poignant.
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Quirk factor: Bestselling author Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson) is writing a story about a socially awkward IRS agent named Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) who is supposed to die by the end of the novel. Unbeknownst to Karen, Harold is a real person and he hears her disembodied voice narrating his life. Baffled by the strange phenomenon, Harold seeks the help of a literary theory expert, Professor Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman), who helps Harold analyze what it means. As they put the pieces of the puzzle together, Harold is forced to confront his mortality and banal existence. For the first time in his life, he takes a chance and pursues Ana Pascal (Maggie Gyllenhaal), the tattooed bakery owner he is auditing. But can Harold change his story before it's too late?
Benny & Joon (1993)
Quirk factor: Benny Pearl (Aidan Quinn) is overprotective of his younger sister Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson) because of her mental illness. The delicate balance of their life together is overturned when Sam (Johnny Depp) comes to live with them (Benny is forced to take Sam in when he loses a poker bet). A charming oddball who constantly performs Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin routines, Sam sweeps Joon off her feet. The only problem: her brother disapproves of their relationship. This fable-like film shows that love can conquer madness.
Fight Club (1999)
Quirk factor: A nameless protagonist dubbed the Narrator (Edward Norton) suffers from insomnia. What helps him sleep is the emotional release he gets from joining terminal illness support groups. In these meetings, he runs into a fellow impostor, the fatalistic Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter). Their love-hate relationship gets more complicated when Marla starts sleeping with Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), the Narrator’s newfound nihilistic friend.
Tyler is everything the Narrator wishes he could be. Together, they start a fight club, which evolves into a cult-like terrorist group called Project Mayhem. Later in the movie, it is revealed that Tyler and the Narrator are one and the same person-a product of the Narrator's dissociative identity disorder. When the Narrator is finally able to admit to himself that he desires Marla, he begins to diverge from Tyler's path. In the final moments of the film, the Narrator and Marla witness the collapse of the national infrastructure and they hold hands. It's terribly romantic, really.
Quirk factor: Recently released from an institution, Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) returns to her troubled family and alcoholic father. She deals with her problems by compulsively cutting and inflicting pain on herself. She takes a job as a secretary to E. Edward Grey (James Spader), a perfectionist who highlights all her mistakes with a red pen, and later starts spanking her. Lee takes pleasure in the pain and they embark on a BDSM relationship. But love is a far more dangerous thing for these two broken and kindred spirits.
L.A. Story (1991)
Quirk factor: This romantic comedy satirizes and celebrates L.A. culture, infusing it with surreal elements and a sense of wonder. Wacky weatherman Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) meets and quickly becomes infatuated with Sara (Victoria Tennant), a visiting journalist from London. She is conflicted because she has agreed to reconcile with her ex-husband. Harris then dates SanDeE* (Sarah Jessica Parker), a ditzy wannabe spokesmodel. He is confused by the cryptic love advice of an electronic freeway information sign, which seems to flash messages just for him. Unable to deny his feelings for Sara, he tries to win her heart.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Quirk factor: In this odd and dark romantic comedy, Adam Sandler plays Barry Egan, a sad sack with repressed anger issues and sudden bursts of violent outrage. This is probably due to the fact that Barry is constantly picked on by his seven sisters. He easily falls in love with the radiant Lena Leonard (Emily Watson), his sister’s co-worker. But before they can have a shot at being happy together, Barry first has to contend with bad-guy Dean Trumbell (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who is extorting him for calling a phone-sex line, and the goons who are out to get him.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Quirk factor: The creation of an eccentric inventor, Edward (Johnny Depp) was fitted with long scissor blades for hands. The sudden death of his creator leaves Edward cursed and unfinished. A kindly Avon lady, Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest), takes him in to live with her family. Edward is drawn to Peg’s daughter Kim (Winona Ryder), who is dating the neighborhood bully. Eventually, Kim sees past Edward’s strange and lethal limbs and falls for the gentle soul within.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Quirk factor: If you could erase pain and heartbreak from your memory, would you? In the movie, Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) is informed that his free-spirited ex-girlfriend Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet) has had memories of their relationship erased from her brain via an experimental procedure performed by Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson). Not to be outdone, Joel goes for the same procedure. But, in the middle of the process, he regrets his decision and tries in vain to cling to his rapidly disintegrating memories. Within Joel’s brain, the lovers go on the run, in an attempt to salvage their bittersweet affair.