Thursday Movie Picks: Romance Tropes Edition: Friends to Lovers

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
February is full of lovely romance tropes. Our second topic is friends to lovers!

#1 No Strings Attached

This is literally the first film that came to my mind when I read the topic. Although I haven’t seen it, it’s definitely the perfect fit!

#2 13 Going on 30

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve seen this one but I remember Jennifer Garner and Mark Raffalo were the most adorable friends in this flick before they ended up together.

#3 Keeping the Faith

A priest, a rabbi and a hot chick walk into a bar…

What’s your favorite film featuring the friends to lovers trope? Let me know in the comments!

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28 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Romance Tropes Edition: Friends to Lovers

  1. I thought of Keeping the Faith too, along with When Harry Meet Sally, but didn’t use either. It’s a sweet film that deserves to be better remembered. I’m not always a big fan of Norton (he’s a great actor but often strikes me as very smug) but he’s quite pleasant here. He and Ben Stiller make a surprisingly effective team.

    I put off watching 13 Going on 30 for years because the preview looked moronic but while it was puffy and minor it was better and more appealing than I expected when I finally did give it a try.

    I wasn’t crazy about No String Attached.

    I thought of several titles right off the bat but decided to dig deeper since last week one film seemed to dominate everyone’s list and I thought it might happen again this week with Harry & Sally but so far I haven’t seen it pop up. Anyway here’s my three. The last is my favorite Carole Lombard movie so I was glad to see it fit.

    The Wedding Singer (1998)-Nice guy Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) is a wedding singer at a small hall in 80’s New Jersey who is about to marry Linda (Angela Featherstone) when he meets server Julia (Drew Barrymore) who has just started at the venue. Julia is engaged to Glenn (Matthew Glave) and they strike up a friendship over that mutual fact. But when Linda dumps Robbie on the eve of their wedding he falls apart and Julia trying to help him get back on his feet asks Robbie to help plan her upcoming nuptials. As they work on the plans Robbie realizes that not only is Glenn an enormous tool but that he’s falling for Julia who subconsciously is doing the same. Will they realize their true feelings in time? Probably Sandler’s sweetest, least abrasive film packed wall to wall with fun 80’s music and fashions.

    The Full Monty (1997)-When hard times fall on an English town a group of men on the dole including Gaz (Robert Carlyle), Dave (Mark Addy), Lomper (Steve Huison) and Guy (Hugo Speer) form a male strip revue. Out of desperation to pull in crowds they promise to go β€œthe full Monty”. Though they run into many hurdles, some comic and others serious, eventually they prevail, along the way buddies Lomper & Guy realize they’ve fallen for each other and end up a couple.

    Hands Across the Table (1935)-Manicurist Regi Allen (Carole Lombard) works at a swanky hotel hunting for a rich husband. She thinks she’s found a plum pigeon in Theodore Drew III (Fred MacMurray), since he comes from a prominent family but finds out he’s as broke as she is since the stock market crash. They become friends though and decide to help each other in their gold digging. Regi meets wealthy hotel guest Allen Macklyn (Ralph Bellamy), who falls for her while Ted is waiting for Vivian Snowden (Astrid Allwyn) the heiress he has on the hook to return from Bermuda so he can hop back on the gravy train. All seems smooth sailing but as feelings between Regi and Theodore develop, their careful plans start to change.

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  2. I have seen 13 Going on 30 which was better than I thought it would be. It’s sweet..I wonder what Mark Ruffalo thinks about it?? I haven’t seen the other 2 but would so like to see Keeping The Faith. I wanted to see it when it came out and then forgot all about it. It is now on my list of films to see.

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