Thursday, February 21, 2019
Thursday Movie Picks: Starring Real-Life Couples
For the eighth week of 2019 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We venture into films starring real-life couples. It’s sort of common that actors meet and fall in love during a production and would probably later star in another film whether it would cause scandal or something. There’s always opinions that real-life couples don’t have chemistry when they act and work together but that’s not always true. Here are my three picks for films starring real-life couples:
1. Jamon Jamon
From Bigas Luna comes one of the first films that both Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem did early in their acting careers. Cruz plays a woman who learns she is pregnant but her boyfriend’s mother disapproves of the relationship hiring Bardem to seduce Cruz. Instead, Bardem and Cruz falls for each other where things get complicated as Cruz’s boyfriend is also sleeping with Cruz’s mother and it becomes a mess. It’s a strange film but certainly a must for anyone wanting to see the first of several films that Cruz and Bardem would do together.
2. Love Me If You Dare
From 2003 comes a film that would star one of the most famous acting couples in France in Guillaume Canet and Marion Cotillard in a romantic comedy about two people who were friends as kids as they bonded together by playing a twisted game of dare that would continue into their adult life. It’s an offbeat comedy that is fun where it is clear that Canet and Cotillard do have this electrifying chemistry although neither were dating at the time despite being friends for years. It wasn’t until 2007 that they became a couple as they would do more films together including three that Canet directed starring Cotillard.
Paul Feig’s spy comedy about a CIA office worker who becomes a field agent to protect a crime boss’ daughter is an enjoyable comedy. Yet, it’s a film that features not one but two real-life couples with the men playing smaller roles. The film is really a vehicle for both Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne while McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone appears in a cameo asking McCarthy if there’s a place that sells fried chicken nearby. Byrne’s real-life partner in Bobby Cannavale also has a small role as a weapons dealer trying to make a deal with Byrne’s character as he’s kind of the main villain in the film. It’s a hilarious comedy that allows the women to take charge while Jason Statham steals the show playing a comedic version of his tough guy persona.
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