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This Movie Is The Best Movie: While You Were Sleeping

19 Mar

It’s hard to say what makes the difference between a good romantic comedy and a bad one. The believability of the situation has little to do with it; I love a ridiculous high-concept, and While You Were Sleeping definitely has one. It doesn’t really take creativity–after all, a rom-com always has to be kind of the same story. I think the two things that are most necessary are a) chemistry between the two leads and b) a lead character who wants something besides love. I do not want to watch a character desperately fling her/himself at potential romantic victims for an hour and a half. That’s what my Facebook newsfeed is for. What I need from a romantic comedy is a yearning for something; a family, a baby, a job, a passion, something. While You Were Sleeping definitely has that.

It has a lot more, too. Like Bill Pullman. Let’s get to it!

Anyone who’s ever taken a creative writing course knows that adage, “Show, Don’t Tell.” Well, this movie shows us, repeatedly, just how lonely Sandra Bullock is. She lives alone. She’s working on Christmas in the token booth for the Chicago train station. She has a cat. She talks to her cat. No friends are ever mentioned. Oh, and both of her parents are dead. Such a lonely girl, our Sandy. The one ray of hairy sunshine in her life is Peter Gallagher’s Eyebrows.

She sees him everyday as he goes to work, but they never talk. UNTIL! Peter Gallagher’s Eyebrows get pushed onto the tracks by some hoodlums who then run away and are never heard from again. Sandra Bullock immediately springs into action and jumps onto the track.

All the while, a train is speeding towards them while deceptively lighthearted music plays and Sandra Bullock says things like, “Please wake up! There’s a train coming toward us! It’s going very fast!” Like, duh, Sandra Bullock, and also move. Finally she rolls both herself and Peter Gallagher’s Eyebrows to safety, and that’s where her trouble actually begins.

She goes to visit Peter Gallagher’s Eyebrows in the hospital, and through a mix up that could be easily avoided, people start thinking she’s the fiancee. Although she could correct them at any time, she doesn’t, because the 1st rule of Romantic Comedy Club is Never Tell The Truth (Even When It Would Be Very Simple). She ingratiates herself with his family, and no one suspects a thing. Until Peter Gallagher’s Eyebrows’ brother Bill Pullman bursts onto the scene, lookin’ like a million bucks in his reversible denim/khaki jacket and his all flannel, all the time shirt collection.

He wears the most unflattering jeans. That jacket is silly (just buy two jackets, Bill. Seriously). He’s old enough to be, if not my dad, at least significantly older than me. And yet I really do not think I’ve ever seen a more attractive romantic lead, ever. Do you need another picture?

Anyway, Bill Pullman and The Jacket are the only ones who suspect something might be up. This is Bill Pullman’s suspicious face:

But you know it’s only a matter of time before he falls in love with Sandra Bullock. Who wouldn’t? America’s Sweetheart, that one. And of course Sandra Bullock falls in love with him. He wants to start a chair making business (OF COURSE HE DOES), he’s wearing the hell out of those jeans, and he growls, like, 95% of his lines. They fall over in the snow!

And then they have what is my FAVORITE romantic comedy moment. It’s the thing where two characters are joking around but then ALL OF A SUDDEN they end up with their faces just an inch apart! And then some drunk guy or inappropriate old man or precocious child says something and they break apart, but it’s too late. They already Had A Moment.

It’s called tension, you guys.
But of course their love can never be, because Sandra Bullock is fake engaged to Peter Gallagher’s Eyebrows. In itself that doesn’t make much sense, but it all comes back to Sandra’s desire. That is, her desire for a family. Because Bill Pullman/Petey’s family has already become her family, and she doesn’t want to give that up, even if it means fraudulently marrying some dude who was just in a coma.
Some other stuff happens and blah, blah, blah. The point is things work out with a ring being tossed into a toll booth and oh my God I think I just had a heart attack. Why are we not still talking about how attractive Bill Pullman was? I can’t be the only one who thinks so, right? I get it, Lost Highway was the creepiest movie any of us have ever seen, but damn if he didn’t pay a mean jazz sax.

Yes, Bill Pullman, I WILL marry you.

And I’d say the same about you, Bill.
You can watch the whole thing on Youtube.
It’s a romantic comedy where no one poops on anything or has sex with an animal. Simpler times. Just a guy in a coma and a girl pretending to be his fiancee.

Previously:This Movie Is The Best Movie: Valley Girl

Celebrity Crush: Bill Murray

7 Mar

At any age, Bill Murray is fantastic.

A mustache AND a flannel shirt? I can’t even handle it.

I really and truly think that Groundhog Day is the most romantic movie ever made.

Aside from Lost In Translation, that is.

IF ONLY, amirite, ladies? Ladies??

This Week on HelloGiggles

3 Mar

This week, I wrote about a book that was honestly just flawless. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (art by Maira Kalman) was honest and funny about my favorite subject: love. Things got REAL EMOTIONAL.

Why We Broke Up reminded me a lot of my silly first “relationship.” Sometime I’ll write The Story of My First Boyfriend for you guys…let me tell you right now, it is a story full of danger, renaissance fairs, and eating at a lot of chain restaurants. It was honestly one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever done in my life, but it was also one of the most fun things, too. And kind of a hilarious story.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

14 Feb

Tonight, I celebrate my love for pizza.

If you’re one of those people who complains about Valentine’s Day, just stuff it. Any day that brings a heart shaped pizza into my life is a good day. And besides, this is a holiday about candy, so go buy some and then call your parents. That’s what Valentine’s Day is for!

A Great Way To Spend Some Time

16 Jan

For some reason, I’m kind of obsessed with Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s relationship. They’re like my Jay-Z and Beyonce. Did you guys know they met in high school? And they’re still together? And he puts her in his videos/on the covers of his albums? I’m pretty sure Paula Patton might be in the running for title of Most Beautiful Woman in The World because, seriously, have you looked at her lately? I know I’m asking you a lot of questions. Sorry. So anyway, she’s insanely beautiful, and I think Robin Thicke is attractive but I’m not totally sure because every time I look at him I just see his dad.

If you’d like to look at a photogallery of Robin Thicke and Paula Patton, here you go, feel free to die of adorableness. Also, here’s his video for Love After War, in which Paula Patton refuses to ever wear pants and I start to feel uncomfortable because this is basically softcore porn.

Hey, Who Feels Like Crying Today?

2 Jan

This Bill Murray and Gilda Radner story will probably do the trick!

Christmas Jam: Christmas in Hollis, Run-DMC

7 Dec

Today’s Christmas Jam has some sentimental value to me because it has my boyfriend’s name in the title. Although Run-DMC aren’t actually talking about my boyfriend, you can pretend that they are. I think this is a really romantic song to post on our 6th anniversary, right?

Old Loves

6 Dec

I’ve become obsessed with the tumblr Old Love, which is exactly what it sounds like…pictures of (mostly) celebrities with their old loves. I’ve already learned a lot about romances I never knew existed. These images are some of my favorites, and they’re all equally important to me.

Important Friday Night Lights News

2 Dec

News broke yesterday that Zach Gilford, a.k.a. Matt Saracen, is engaged. This news deeply upset MTV, so much so that they wrote this breathless article lamenting his unavailability. But not to worry! They also did a little research and found out the relationship statuses of the other Friday Night Lights dudes.

Smash, Jason Street, and Tim Riggins are all single. So I guess if you run into them somewhere, go for it? This was a great, chartiable service from MTV, but I think they dropped the ball. I mean, what about the characters we really care about? Are they single??

Landry/Jesse Plemons:

I think he has a girlfriend, but I don’t know. It was kind of hard to tell. MTV News made it look so easy, but there’s just not much information about Jesse Plemons on the web.

Buddy Garrity/Brad Leland

Married, BOO.

Coach Taylor/Kyle Chandler:

Of course he is married. Have you seen him? Give me a break.


21 Sep

Tomorrow night, we’ll all get to see a new episode of Parks and Recreation, aka the best show on television. I’m so excited to see my husband, Ben Wyatt, on TV again.

This won’t surprise you one bit, but there is no shortage of weird youtube montages about Leslie and Ben. This is not even the cheesiest.

Ugh, remember the time he brought her waffles and homemade chicken soup? Remember Andy and April’s wedding? Remember all the skinny ties? The skinny ties! I can’t wait till tomorrow night.