By Jamie Freveletti
The Ripped Bodice bookstore recently asked people to list their top five romantic comedies. Now, I LOVE romantic comedies. I find them to be the best way to spend a Friday night. I put on some sweats and settle in for a happy night watching two people banter, argue and, of course, fall in love. As I was creating my list, I realized that some of the stories I wanted to list included two people solving a problem, puzzle, or crime. So, I decided to create a list of these. I’ll try to to reveal any spoilers as I write this, but this may happen inadvertently, so be warned.
The first is shown above. What a classic crime caper. Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole team up to steal a famous piece of sculpture from a museum. She needs a thief to do the job, and he seems to fit the role perfectly. The banter is excellent, and the setting beyond elegant. Even down to the stunning Jaguar E-Type convertible that O’Toole drives. There doesn’t seem to be a more gorgeous couple in the world of film.
Well, until this couple: This scene is from Charade. Another one of my all time favorite movies. Charade manages to blend mystery, thriller, comedy and romance into one. And the dialogue is excellent. (In this scene Hepburn asks, “How do you shave in there?)” Great line. And the mystery is engrossing and the final reveal outstanding. If you haven’t seen this movie you should. Wonderful.
|To Catch A Thief|
And no list would be complete without this final movie. Again, one of the most handsome men of his time with an equally stunning woman.
To Catch A Thief is far from a comedy, but it does have some priceless moments. That actress next to Grace Kelly is Jessie Royce Landis. Born in Chicago, this role as Grace Kelly’s mom boosted her career, and she would go on to play Cary Grant’s mother in North By Northwest (despite being only a few years older than him). I love her acting, and she elevates every scene she’s in while remaining believable. Once again the setting in this movie is elegant and every gown is more stunning than the last. Perhaps a good caper movie with romantic elements requires an elegant setting so that we can be transported to a different place.
Kind of interesting that the movies I cite are all classics. But I can’t recall a more current movie that includes lighter romantic moments coupled with crime solving. If you have some suggestions, please leave a comment below. And may your Friday movie nights be happy!