We here at the Alamo Drafthouse watch a lot of movies. Over the next few weeks, we're going to be spotlighting some of our favorite things about 2011 in film. Up first is Lacy Smythe Edmondson, Houston's Events & PR Director, with her favorite romantic comedy characters of 2011. For one of the finest romantic comedy films ever made, don't miss LOVE ACTUALLY this Thursday, December 22 at West Oaks.
I love to watch all kinds of movies, from independent thought-provoking films to informative documentaries, dramas that can make you ugly-cry in the theatre next to a total stranger to a laugh-out-loud-while-wearing-earphones-on-a-plane comedy. But, at the end of the day, I am a girlie movie girl at heart and there ain't nothing I love more than a good RomCom. Therefore, I give you my top five favorite RomCom movie characters from 2011.
1) Hannah Weaver (Emma Stone) - CRAZY STUPID LOVE:
Forget that I have a huge girl crush on Emma Stone in general, her character in CRAZY STUPID LOVE, Hannah, is the ultimate girl-next-door beauty with wit, charm and I don't give a f&*k if you are Ryan Gosling and want to sleep with me 'tude that makes her every girls' best friend and most players' fantasy girl. My favorite scene in the movie is when she finally gets a wild hair, proceeds to get drunk and makes a move leading to her in bed with Ryan and ultimately interrupting their foreplay to test out his Barka lounge style massage chair in the garage. Way to play it cool Hannah, way to play it cool.
2) Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig) - BRIDESMAIDS
I played the bridesmaid role to perfection after a special guest-starring role in 13 of my nearest and dearest's weddings so I can so relate to Annie wanting to create the perfect bachelorette weekend, host the most memorable shower and being the most MVP Bridesmaid all-the-while butting heads with certain other wedding day super-special guest stars and perhaps getting a bit over-served from time-to-time. I watched this movie with my best friend, the girl who was the maid-of-honor in my wedding and couldn't help but compare the story lines to the moments leading up to my big day including the shower with seven different themes she hosted with our wedding party because no one could decide on one, throwing her make-up bag at one of my other bridesmaids for not waiting on her before heading to the rehearsal dinner and my favorite: yelling at my brother to get in line with her to walk down the aisle when he calmingly told her he was going to walk my mom down the aisle first and would be back for her.
3) Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) - BAD TEACHER
To me teachers are the hardest working, most dedicated, poorly paid and under-appreciated individuals around. It takes a special person to be a teacher and I am so incredibly lucky to have so many that I love to look up to, be in awe of and admire. My husband, mother, brother-in-law and sister-in-law are all teachers so to say I have an insider's view into what it is like to be one is an understatement. This is why I LOVE LOVE LOVE Elizabeth Halsey. She has no filter when A) telling the kids she isn't interested in them being a know-it-alls, B) using dodgeball as a consequence for getting the answer wrong, C) going about her business of not hiding that she may not be the best role model and doing the bare minimum to get by doing her job and D) coming to the realization that she actually loves her job, working with kids and molding them into who they are going to be. I know at the end of the day the teachers in my family love what they do, but there are certainly times when they would like to just turn on a movie, take a nap at their desk to just get through the day and ... possibly a hangover.
4) Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) - HORRIBLE BOSSES
Okay, so perhaps HORRIBLE BOSSES is not considered a RomCom per se but Dale Arbus had me at, "all-I-ever-wanted-to-be-was-a-husband." Throw in Jason Bateman playing his down-pat neurotic dude role, SNL alumni Jason Sudeikis, and Jennifer Aniston stepping out of her America's sweetheart character to play a completely inappropriate, sexually harassing, dirty-talking boss and you have what in my opinion is R- rated raunchy comedy perfection. The whole movie I wanted more Dale! More Dale coked out and cleaning up the mess he made while breaking and entering, more Dale planning to off his friend's boss, more Dale dirty-talking back to a black-mailing Aniston while in the midst of a high speed chase. I really think I may gave to go purchase this flick tonight to catch this hilarity again at home.
5) Dave Lockwood (Jason Bateman) - THE CHANGE-UP
As mentioned above, Jason Bateman has the responsible, neurotic role down cold, so it was really nice to see him play a cocky and immature womanizer in THE CHANGE-UP. After he and Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) have magically changed bodies but must keep up day-to-day appearances by going through their regular schedules as the other person you see Dave go from the responsible family man to the selfish bachelor. Bateman's take on how Mitch would react to seeing his best friend's wife take an open-door dump, breast feed in bed in front of him and having to take care of late-night feedings for the twin babies is beyond side-stitch funny. All- in-all, it is fun just fun to see Bateman play the a**hole.
— Lacy Smythe Edmondson