project-happily-ever-after-alisa-bowman To celebrate my friend Alisa Bowman’s upcoming book, ‘Project Happily Ever After,’ I’ve put together a list of five of my favorite movies about marriage.

‘Project Happily Ever After’ is scheduled for release on Dec. 28, 2010, and you can pre-order a copy on Amazon. The subheading is “Saving Your Marriage When the Fairytale Falters,’ and Alisa is absolutely fearless about the topic of marriage. She covers everything from bikini waxes to erotica, romance instruction manuals to second honeymoons, the silent treatment to power struggles.

Until the book comes out, tide yourself over with some of my favorite movies about marriage:

1. ‘Green Card’ (1990). Georges Faure (Gerard Depardieu) needs a green card. Bronte Parrish (Andie MacDowell) wants to rent an apartment with a greenhouse. They need one another to accomplish their individual goals, so they enter a marriage of convenience. But, of course, everything changes when they really DO fall in love. They’re as surprised as anyone to realize they bring out the best in each other.

2. ‘I Was a Male War Bride’ (1949). Captain Henri Rochard (Cary Grant) of the French army, and Lieutenant Catherine Gates (Ann Sheridan), of the American forces, fall in love while on assignment. They discover that the only way they can stay together is to utilize the War Bride’s act. This is classic Cary Grant, with lots of wacky stunts and comic lines.

3. ‘Meet the Parents’ (2000). Ben Stiller and Teri Polo are about to get married. All they have to do is survive a few days with her parents (Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner), mischievous cats, grandma’s ashes, hidden video cameras, lost luggage, and a disastrous volleyball game.

4. ‘While You Were Sleeping’ (1995). Sandra Bullock plays lonely Lucy, spending the Christmas holidays with her cat. Oh, she has a fantasy romance, but it’s with a guy named Peter (Peter Gallagher) who doesn’t know she exists. While he’s in a coma, through a strange turn of events, his family believes that she’s his fiancé. It’s sort of perfect, until she meets his brother Jack (Bill Pullman).

5. ‘When Harry Met Sally’ (1989). This romantic comedy follows the decades-old friendship of Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan), best friends who believe that men and women can’t be friends, and that friends can’t be lovers. It takes ten years, various other relationships, heartbreak, fights and missteps before they finally figure out there’s no better basis for a marriage than a close friendship ignited by mutual sexual attraction.

What are your favorite movies about marriage, engagements, relationships and romance?

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  1. My favourite movies about romance and relationships include “Love, Actually” (I watch it every Christmas!), “Casablanca” (“Of all the gin joints…”) and “The Philadelphia Story” (Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and my all-time fave Jimmy Stewart, all in one movie? What more can one ask?)

  2. I checked this from FB mostly to be sure you had When Harry Met Sally on the list. But let’s not forget The Princess Bride. “Mawidge… mawidge is what bwings us he-ah, today…”

  3. Thanks for these movie reminders, Jane. I’ve seen some but missed others. And can’t wait to read Alisa’s book, too!

  4. I love that cover and I love this post! How fun…! I give a shout out to 500 Days of Summer…not the typical love story, but a love story many will relate to.

  5. Thanks for this round up of movies! When Harry Met Sally is such a great classic. (Can’t believe it is now a classic, though – how that dates me). I can’t wait to read the book!

  6. At the moment my brain is shut down and I can’t think of movies. But “Meet the Parents” always, ALWAYS makes me laugh. My stepfather is Italian and is able to do that same stare into the eyes. He’s so good at doing that scary look and just knowing what’s going on.

    I can’t wait to read Alisa’s book too..

  7. Can’t wait to watch these. I haven’t seen ANY except When Harry.

    One other to recommend is the 1950s CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN. Not about marriage per se but definitely a relationship movie.

    AND I’m so excited to read Alisa’s book that I ALREADY pre-ordered it. Ha! I beat you. I can’t wait to get my copy ASAP.


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