What's your romantic comedy IQ?
What's your romantic comedy IQ?
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Have you seen "My Best Friend's Wedding" more times than you care to admit? Are you the only person who actually liked "Monster-in-Law?" Is your all-time favorite actor Freddie Prinze Jr.? Well then, you erudite and enthusiastic romantic-comedy viewer, it's high time that you sit back, put on your thinking cap — grab a pint of Häagen-Dazs if you must — and put your romcom knowledge to the test.
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Q: Early in his career, Hugh Grant appeared in a bonkers cult horror film that even his most devoted fans may have overlooked. Name that movie.
As an aristocratic slayer of snake-worshipping vampires, Grant exhibited remarkable sword-handling skills in 1988's "Lair of the White Worm," a deliriously campy, Ken Russell-directed adaptation of a 1911 novel by Bram Stoker.
- "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2"
- "Lair of the White Worm"
- "Rawhead Rex"
Q: In the 1990s, the pairing of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan equaled romcom gold. Which film did not co-star Hanks and Ryan?
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If you guessed “French Kiss,” you know your celebrity lips. The male puckers in that 1995 Meg Ryan film — released between the Nora Ephron-helmed romcom hits, “Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and “You’ve Got Mail” (1998) — belong to Kevin Kline, as a smooth-talking jewelry thief with a certain mustache-heavy je ne sais quoi.
- "You've Got Mail"
- "French Kiss"
- "Joe Versus the Volcano"
- "Sleepless in Seattle"
Q: In "When Harry Met Sally," Meg Ryan gets a little, umm, worked up while lunching with Billy Crystal. Name the NYC eatery that serves as the backdrop for this unforgettable scene.
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To this day, patrons of Katz’s Delicatessen — a gritty, pastrami-heavy institution on the Lower East Side of Manhattan — can sit back and nosh at the very table where Ryan, as journalist Sally Albright, convincingly moaned, groaned and “oh god!”-ed her way into cinematic history in Rob Reiner's beloved 1989 romantic comedy.
- Carnegie Deli
- Waverly Restaurant
- Tom's Restaurant
- Katz's Delicatessen
Q: The late Nora Ephron penned and/or directed some of the most beloved romcoms of all time. What Meryl Streep-starring film is based on Ephron’s autobiographical novel of the same name?
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Released in 1986 and co-starring Jack Nicholson, the plot of “Heartburn” revolves around Ephron’s dysfunctional second marriage to philandering journalist Carl Bernstein. Roger Ebert called the film “a bitter, sour movie about two people who are only marginally interesting.” Ouch.
- "Postcards from the Edge"
Q: Which high school lit class staple is Helen Fielding’s 1996 bestseller “Bridget Jones’s Diary” a modern-day riff on?
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Although Grant also co-starred in an acclaimed period adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility,” it was another Jane Austen novel of manners, “Pride and Prejudice,” that inspired “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” And oddly enough, the 1995 BBC television mini-series adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” that inspired Fielding to write “Bridget Jones’s Diary” starred Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Firth, of course, went on to play Mark Darcy, the stuffy, Christmas sweater-clad suitor of Bridget, in the film adaptation of Fielding's book.
- "Pride and Prejudice"
- "Sense and Sensibility"
- "The Taming of the Shrew"
- "Wuthering Heights"
Q: Bridget Jones is played by an American actress in the film franchise. Which British actress was NOT considered for the role of Bridget?
Although Keira Knightley did (kind of) step into the shoes of Bridget Jones for her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennett in the 2005 film adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice," the actress was only 15 in 2000, the year in which “Bridget Jones’s Diary” was cast and shot. This is a bit of a stretch considering that Jones is a 30-something book publicist with a drinking — and a man — problem. In 2003, Knightley did get her chance to shine in a proper romcom — alongside Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, no less — in the treacly, Christmas-themed “Love Actually.”
- Kate Winslet
- Helena Bonham-Carter
- Rachel Weisz
- Keira Knightley
Q: Adore it or loathe it, everyone has something to say about "Love Actually." Where does the opening scene of the film take place?
The opening — and ending — scenes of the lovey-dovey film that everyone loves to hate take place in a hug-filled Heathrow with a voiceover monologue from none other than Hugh Grant: "Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere..."
- Trafalgar Square
- London Heathrow Airport
- Hyde Park
- King's Cross Station
Q: Nicholas Hoult, the cherubic lad from 2002's tender yet dude-friendly film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s “About a Boy,” has grown up into a strapping young man. Which Hollywood starlet is the actor dating?
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If celebrity relationship gossip is your thing, you’re probably well-aware that Hoult and J-Law are a deeply private couple. Yet following Lawrence’s win at the Golden Globes for her supporting role in “American Hustle,” Hoult just couldn’t contain his admiration: “She deserves it all. It’s fun to watch,” he told reporters at the Sundance Film Festival. Lawrence and Hoult met while co-starring in 2011’s “X-Men: First Class” as Mystique and Beast, respectively, and will reprise those decidely non-romcom-y roles in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
- Jennifer Lawrence
- Dakota Fanning
- Amanda Seyfried
- Emma Roberts
Q: Which actor received top billing opposite Sandra Bullock in 1995’s “While You Were Sleeping?”
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Bill Pullman took the romcom lead in this wildly popular film about a lonely subway fare collector (Bullock) who falls for the brother of an amnesiac commuter. Praised for her on-screen chemistry with Pullman, the film was a relatively early entry in Bullock’s romcom-heavy ("Forces of Nature," "Two Weeks Notice") career and earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy — the first major accolade for the star (unless you count her Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards nod for “Speed.”)
- Bill Paxton
- Bill Pullman
- Billy Baldwin
- Bill Nighy
Q: In the early 1990s, Johnny Depp was considered a top romantic leading man. What is the name of the bittersweet romcom in which he starred opposite Mary Stuart Masterson?
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While “Benny & Joon” itself has faded into relative obscurity over the years following a modestly successful release in 1993, one song featured prominently in the film will never, ever go away: The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).”
- "Harold and Maude"
- "Frankie and Johnny"
- "Kate & Leopold"
- "Benny & Joon"
Q: One of the better teen romcoms of the 1990s, “10 Things I Hate About You” stars Julia Stiles as a surly alterna-teen who anticipates attending what East Coast college?
When not being wooed by Aussie bad boy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger), Stiles’ Kat Stratford had her eyes firmly set on Sarah Lawrence College despite her overprotective father’s desire for her to stay in-state and attend the University of Washington. Stile’s on-screen little sister, played by Larisa Oleynick, was the one who actually did enroll at Sarah Lawrence in real life. She graduated with the class of 2004. Stiles attended nearby Columbia University and graduated with a degree in English literature.
- Smith College
- Sarah Lawrence College
- Vassar College
- Emerson College
Q: On the topic of “10 Things I Hate About You,” what song did Patrick serenade the standoffish Kat with during an impromptu performance held in the stadium of Padua High?
It was Patrick’s spirited rendition, complete with accompaniment from a high school marching band, of Frankie Valli’s much-covered 1967 hit, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” that won over Kat. Ledger’s performance of the song earned him a nomination for Best Musical Sequence at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards.
- "Unchained Melody"
- "Your Song"
- "Eternal Flame"
- "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
Q: When not serving up some serious dud films, Adam Sandler has appeared as the lead in more than a couple of romcoms. Which one did NOT star Sandler?
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Sandler starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in the horribly received “Just Go With It” (2011), but it was Ben Stiller who co-starred with Aniston in the also horribly received “Along Came Polly” (2004). Stiller recieved a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for his work in “Along Came Polly,” which is notable for the fact that 2004 was one of those rare years that Sandler was not a nominee or a winner in Golden Raspberry’s Worst Actor category.
- "Just Go with It"
- "50 First Dates"
- "The Wedding Singer"
- "Along Came Polly"
Q: Garry Marshall assembled quite the romcom dream team in the abysmally reviewed “Valentine’s Day." Which actress didn't appear in it?
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Although she was not cast in "Valentine's Day," Katherine Heigl appears in 2011's "New Year's Eve," another vignette-style holiday romcom with a huge ensemble cast that was also directed by Garry Marshall and also received less-than-favorable reviews. (Roger Ebert called it a "dreary plod through the sands of time until finally the last grain has trickled through the hourglass of cinematic sludge.) "New Year's Eve" was nominated for multiple Golden Raspberry Awards — Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Actress, Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Ensemble. Adam Sandler ended up sweeping the Razzie's that year for "Jack & Jill."
- Julia Roberts
- Katherine Heigl
- Jennifer Garner
- Anne Hathaway
Q: Garry Marshall also directed the smash hit “Pretty Woman.” What is Richard Gere’s prostitute-romancing character afraid of in the film?
At the end of “Pretty Woman,” Edward Lewis scales the fire escape of an apartment building with a bouquet of roses clutched between his teeth, all to woo big-hearted working girl Vivian Ward. A pretty romantic gesture for a guy struggling with a crippling fear of heights, eh? The film, widely considered the most financially successful romantic comedy of all time, catapulted 21-year-old Julia Roberts into Hollywood stardom in a role turned down by numerous actresses including Meg Ryan, Molly Ringwald, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daryl Hannah.
- White limos
Q: Cher finds herself in quite the predicament in “Moonstruck,” the tale of a young widow who has an affair with the hotheaded brother of the wet blanket she’s agreed to marry. What is the occupation of the brother?
Ronny Cammareri, future brother-in-law-turned-lover of Loretta Castorini, lost one of his hands after suffering an unfortunate accident involving a bread slicer. Enough said. Co-starring Nicolas Cage and set in Brooklyn Heights, the smartly written and sharply acted “Moonstruck” won the hearts of audiences and critics alike and remains just as memorable as the hardly there get-up that Cher wore when accepting the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Loretta at the 1988 Academy Awards.
- Funeral director
- Opera singer
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