It should come as no surprise that I am stupidly excited for “The Vow,” the latest Nicholas Sparks-esque [Thanks to the commenter who caught my error! -- Editor] romance starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. Based on the trailer, “The Vow” looks like almost everything I loved about “The Notebook” (Rachel McAdams! Memory loss!), minus he who I am not allowed to name, plus everything I loved about “Dear John” (Channing Tatum! Overwhelming odds!), multiplied by “Eternal Sunshine” and “50 First Dates.” In short, I will be there on Feb. 10, box of Kleenex in hand.
In honor of “The Vow,” let’s take a look down memory lane, specifically at the many romantic entanglements star Rachel McAdams has found herself in on the big screen…
Film: “The Notebook”
Role: Allie, the daughter of a wealthy family who falls in love with the hot townie, Noah, played by Ryan Gosling.
Obstacle(s): Noah is poor, therefore Allie’s family thinks he’s unsuitable. When Allie is forced to move away from Noah, her mother hides all 365 letters he sends her; later on, Allie is engaged to far more “suitable” man, but still has a fire burning in her loins for Noah; and lastly, the elderly Allie has Altheimer’s and doesn’t remember the life she made with Noah after they conquered everything else in their way.
Romantic Rating: 10 boxes of chocolate, 12 dozen roses, and five makeout sessions in the rain.
Film: “Midnight In Paris”
Role: Inez, the bitchy and entitled fiancee of Gil, played by Owen Wilson, a writer who’s obsessed with Hemingway’s Paris.
Obstacle(s): Inez’s attitude problem; Gil’s sudden disappearances to early-1900′s Paris; Gil’s attraction to Adriana, played by Marion Cottilard, the gorgeous French muse of Dali.
Romantic Rating: Two boxes of chocolate and one makeout session in the rain (but for the romanticism of Paris not the romance between Inez and Gil).
Film: “The Time Traveler’s Wife”
Role: Clare, the star-crossed lover of Henry, played by Eric Bana, who possesses a gene which causes him to involuntarily time travel.
Obstacle(s): Well, the fact that Henry just spontaneously disappears in and out of Clare’s life, popping back into it at different ages, is a pretty big deal. (Also, the confusing nature of this concept might be an obstacle for the viewer; the book does a better job explaining.)
Romantic Rating: Seven boxes of chocolate, 10 dozen roses, and five makeout sessions in the rain.
Film: “Wedding Crashers”
Role: Claire, the daughter of a Senator who’s engaged to a douchebag but has sparks with John (also played by Owen Wilson), who crashed her sister’s wedding.
Obstacle(s): That douchebag fiance; the fact that John has lied about who he is, what he does for a living, and that he’s a rabid wedding crasher.
Romantic Rating: One box of chocolate, but only because Vince Vaughn and Isla Fisher are pretty cute as a couple in the movie. But “Wedding Crashers” is more of a comedy than a romance any day.
Film: “Morning Glory”
Role: Becky Fuller, a producer who gets her big break when she’s hired to revive a morning show that’s lagging in the ratings. Along the way, she falls for Adam, played by Patrick Wilson, who works for the same network but on a more serious show.
Obstacle(s): The fact that both Becky and Adam will always put their work before their relationship.
Romantic Rating: A bag of Sour Patch Kids, as the most interesting relationship in the film is between Becky and Mike Pomeroy (played by Harrison Ford), the cantankerous reporter Becky hires to lead the show. Basically, this morning is cute and enjoyable, but not a tearjerking romance.
This post was sponsored by “The Vow,” which hits theaters Feb. 10, but the opinions expressed are my own.