Single, dating, mating, or dissipating, whatever your relationship status, there’s a heart-themed movie for you in Hollywood.
If you’ve finally gotten someone to commit, watch Hearts And Souls with them – the movie where Robert Downey Jr has to be convinced by heavenly angels to stop acting like a jerk, and give in to his feelings.
If you’re in a new relationship, watch The Heartbreak Kid – the movie about discovering each other’s ugly side, and living with it. It takes Ben Stiller all of 10 minutes to find his new partner annoying. See how long it takes you!
If you’ve battled all odds to be in a relationship, Braveheart is the right pick. Mel Gibson yells, "They will never take our freedom" to his comrades. And that reminds you of a similar pact you had with your comrades before you got into said relationship.
If you think your significant other has another significant other, drop a hint by renting Heartburn. This dialogue – "If you want monogamy, marry a swan" – is sure to leave them tossing and turning with guilt! Plus, there’s Meryl Streep, so that’s always a great watch!
If there are societal pressures tearing you apart, The Normal Heart is your movie. Julia Roberts is overlooked by too many hot men busy making out with each other, while the rest of the world hates them with a vengeance.
If you’re gloomy about love lost, pick up a copy of Crazy Heart, where Jeff Bridges is as smooth as the whiskey he drinks, and there’s a generous helping of Collin Farrell and his soothing accent. Indulge in the mush!
If you’ve known the pain of longing for someone, pick up the DVD of A Mighty Heart. In the movie, Angelina Jolie goes looking for her missing husband (to a third-world nation, and returns baby-less, mind you), while our own Irrfan Khan lends a helping hand.
Just been through a bad break up? Watch the fantasy film Dragonheart, which made dragon-slaying cool before Game Of Thrones took over. There is much blood and gore and there’s Sean Connery as a talking dragon! What else to pull you out of your funk?
From HT Brunch, February 8
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