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Romantic Movies: My Noted Scene

For a while, I’ve succumbed to letting the best of love stories educate me through cheesy movies. And I suppose this was because learning from real life experiences was always a disappointment before.

I always thought that happy endings only happened through running tapes of film. The influence of 2-hour motion pictures kept me believing in this high called "Love" that seemingly promised everlasting happiness. Somehow, they made me want to believe it was all possible.

And so on Thursday nights, when everyone else was asleep, I’d curl up on the couch with the DVD remote glued to my hand, ready to watch chick-flicks, mouthing lines and crying when the virginal lead tragically declares she has leukemia halfway through the story.

So invite me to your slumber party, gals! *Annoying, high-pitched, girly squeal*

Now I strongly believe in the fact that everyone has their own favorite scene – that which tugs the heartstrings, makes you press the pause and rewind button, and provokes meaningful thoughts about love in general. It can be about remembering a happy experience, a trip down tragic memory lane, or a tap into a deep wanting ready to be satiated when “the right person” comes along... ...or even a reminder to a great sexual encounter, thanks to movies like Original Sin and Unfaithful. *Beavis & Butthead laugh*

And all this is because  “Love is universal” / “To love is to live” / “Love hurts” / “Love is a mansion after divorce” / “Love is bullshit!” / “Love makes the world go round” / and well, for Filipinos: “Lab is Blind.”

So here is one of my favorite scenes of all time. It's from The Notebook  (...and exit's thru the Back button those who can't take the cheese anymore. K-tnx-bye.) with the scene where Noah and Allie get into a heated argument a little towards the end of the film...

Noah: You’re bored. You’re bored and you know it! You wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t something missing!

Allie: You arrogant son-of-a-bitch!

Noah: Could you just stay with me?

Allie: Stay with you?! What for?! Look at us, we’re already fighting!

Noah: Well that’s what we do! We fight! You tell me when I’m being an arrogant son of a bitch, and I tell you when you’re being a pain-in-the-ass! Which you are! 99% of the time! I’m not afraid to hurt your feelings. You have like a 2-second rebound rate, then you’re back to doing the same pain-in-the-ass thing.

Allie: So what?

Noah: So it’s not gunna’ be easy, it’s gunna’ be really hard. And we’re going to have to work this out everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever! You and me, everyday!

Allie: *Tear-Sob-Tear*

I’ll be honest and say I’m not sure why that particular scene struck me. All I know is that it did a few years back… and still does up to now whenever I watch it. It could  be the realistic dialogue (slash in-your-face insults and cussing) used in real-life quarrels, the superbly intense acting of the two, or the striking message that relationships will always be how they’ve always  been in my life: Imperfect.

But what then justifies an imperfect relationship? When everything hurts? When fights happen? When tears start falling?

As this scene has showed me, it’s knowing that the person you are with makes you happy... And it's in also having a clear and deliberate wanting to stay with that very person, despite all the odds.


I guess it could be just that.

Optimistically Disenchanted | TNB