The problem with finding a love story that I like — forget finding my favourite one — is that most love stories I like aren’t really love stories. They use love to jump start the story, like The Crow, The Fountain or some such. So my choice for this category is probably Good Will Hunting, a story that’s essentially a love story starring a hyper-intelligent but hyper-insecure and damaged kid. It’s about the love between Matt Damon’s character Will and Minnie Driver’s character Skylar. It’s about the love between Will and his therapist Sean (Robin Williams) and the love that Chuckie (Ben Affleck) has for him, too.
Sean: You feel like you’re alone?
Sean: Do you have a soul mate?
Will: Do I have a– Define that.
Sean: Somebody who challenges you.
Will: Uh, Chuckie.
Sean: No, Chuckie’s family. He’d lie down in fuckin’ traffic for you. I’m talking about someone who opens up things for you, touches your soul.
Most chick flicks are pretty shit. They are too simple, too formulaic and therefore too predictable. At least, most of the romantic comedy films — and I count these among the chick flicks — are pretty terrible. Some romantic films are interesting, some period pieces are pretty good, but as you probably expected, I’m not a big fan.
I think my favourite chick flick is probably Jerry Maguire, but mostly because it’s also a bit of a bromance as well. Cuba Gooding is quite good in it. Hmm, I feel dissatisfied with this pick, but it’s all I’ve got.
I hardly ever gone for the standard kid films. The films I liked when I was young were things like Back to the Future and stuff like that, but I hardly ever watched stuff like The Goonies or something. I think the thing that comes the closest to something that would qualify is either The Toy with Richard Pryor or The Lost Boys if I stretch it. So, I think I’m going to stretch it, because I like The Lost Boys more than I liked The Toy. I mean, come on, it has the Corey’s in it!