Shannon Stacey

Happy Valentine's Day

I’m seeing a lot of romantic movies lists today, and I’m absolutely loving them. But they bring to my mind the romantic movies I loved…until the ends. So, without further ado:

Shannon’s Top 5 List of Worst Romantic Movie Endings:

5. Last of the Mohicans

Two minutes, Uncas. Just two freakin minutes.

4. Forces of Nature

I don’t care if it was the right ending. I fell in love with this couple for that?

3. Sweet Home Alabama

He should have killed her and fed her to the dog. Pairing the most unlikeable heroine since Scarlett with that sweet guy was just wrong wrong wrong.

2. You’ve Got Mail

Gee, we’ve written our couple into a no-win situation. Let’s throw in a last-minute desire she (and we) never knew she had so nobody notices the hero squashed her like a bug.

And the number one worst romantic movie ending:

1. City of Angels

What the hell was that about? Next time you write a beautiful, touching movie, you bastards, don’t flush your freakin Prozac before The End.

But, lest you think me cynical, my favorite all-time romantic movie is Hope Floats. It makes me laugh. It makes me cry. And at the end I sigh and think “and they lived Happily Ever After.”

7 comments to “Happy Valentine's Day”

  1. Larissa
      · February 14th, 2005 at 5:22 pm · Link

    I loved You’ve Got Mail! But I agree with you on Sweet Home Alabama. I really, really disliked that movie. I liked the fiance better than the ex, and I hated that they ended up together. I didn’t like Forces of Nature, either, and I LOVE Sandra Bullock!

  2. Jill
      · February 14th, 2005 at 6:47 pm · Link

    I’ll agree with you on City Of Angels. That movie destroyed me!

  3. Emily
      · February 14th, 2005 at 7:29 pm · Link

    I watched City of Angles on an airplane. I, too was destroyed at the end. The flight attendant came and asked me if there was anything she could do because I was sobbing so hard in disgust.

  4. Sylvia Day
      · February 14th, 2005 at 8:10 pm · Link

    I’m with Larissa on SHA. I wanted her to keep the boyfriend and ditch the ex. And City of Angels just totally pissed me off. I hate being manipulated like that. Making me fall in love with a character and then killing them off just to hurt me. That’s why I hate the Lion King too. Did they really have to stampede over Dad? Noooo… I don’t think so. :evil:

  5. Michelle
      · February 14th, 2005 at 8:12 pm · Link

    Oh, I hated the heroine of Sweet Home Alabama, too. And I second that opinion on City of Angels. TERRIBLE ending.
    Another one I hated was The English Patient.

  6. Shannon
      · February 14th, 2005 at 10:28 pm · Link

    Ah, The English Patient. Unfortunately, I don’t remember liking the movie well enough to be disappointed by the ending. :)

    And I guess we have Campbell and Vogler to blame for The Lion King. Like most Disney characters, they adhere to the Hero’s Journey, and, seeing as they’re young, they wouldn’t set out on the journey if they had a parent to do it for them. Cinderella lost her dad. Beauty’s dad is locked up, then sent away. Nemo. Simba. The Little Mermaid. Aladdin’s an orphan. In some way–usually some tearjerking dead parent scene–Disney always separates them from their parents. Maybe that’s why my video case is light on them. Boys hate to cry. :p

  7. geri
      · October 17th, 2005 at 11:35 pm · Link

    You couldn’t be more wrong with city of Angels. I was still thinking about what was sooo romantic about the movie until, well, I finished the movie. That was the last time I thought about it, and now you bring it up.

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