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HighFive: Theme – Rom-Coms


Für Henry (Adam Sandler, r.) ist es Liebe auf den ersten Blick und er will alles tun, damit Lucy (Drew Barrymore, l.) sich ebenfalls in ihn verliebt. Doch das ist keine leichte Sache ....

50 First Dates 

Veterinarian and womaniser Henry (Adam Sandler) fears commitment. He meets Lucy (Drew Barrymore) but when they meet the next day she does not remember him. Restaurant owner Sue (Amy Hill) explains that a year ago Lucy and her father Marlin had a car accident which left Lucy with short-term memory loss and she wakes up every morning thinking it is October 13 of last year. Henry makes a video explaining to Lucy about her accident and their relationship. But Lucy decides to erase Henry from her life since she feels she is preventing Henry from really living his life. A few weeks later, Henry prepares to leave. Does their love reunite them or do they part ways? Watch the romantic comedy for which Sandler and Barrymore won an MTV award.

Before Sunset   

films 2Years ago Jesse (Ethan Hawke) had met Céline (Julie Delpy) and they had spent a passionate night together in Vienna. His novel, This Time, was inspired by that night, and becomes a bestseller. While on a book tour in Paris, he meets Céline at a bookstore. Céline and Jesse were supposed to meet six months after their first encounter and while Jesse returned to Vienna, Céline could not due to the demise of her grandmother and since they had never exchanged addresses, they had no way to contact each other at the time. Jesse is now married with a son and Céline is an advocate with a boyfriend. But they are dissatisfied with their lives. Does he leave to catch his flight? Watch what was considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time.

10 Things I Hate About You

films 3Watch this rom-com, Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, retold in an American high school setting. Student Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is infatuated with Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) who in turn wishes to date affluent senior Joey. Bianca’s father, worried of teenage pregnancy, does not allow Bianca or her older sister the shrewish ‘Kat’ (Julia Stiles), to date. Aware of Kat’s anti-social attitude, he declares that Bianca may date only when Kat does. Joey pays Patrick (Heath Ledger) to take Kat out, under the pretense that this will allow Joey to date Bianca. Bianca starts falling for Cameron. Angry that Bianca has spurned him, Joey reveals his arrangement with Patrick, which causes Kat to leave heartbroken. Does Patrick reveal his love for Kat and does she forgive him?

While You Were Sleeping 

films 4Lucy (Sandra Bullock) has a crush on handsome commuter Peter (Peter Gallagher) and on one occasion she rescues him from an oncoming train after a group of muggers push him onto the tracks. He goes into a coma and she takes him to hospital where a nurse misunderstands and tells Peter’s family that Lucy is his fiancée. Lucy is unable to reveal the truth out of embarrassment. Also since she has no family and very few friends, she too starts loving being a part of Peter’s big and loving family. In a twist of fate, she meets Peter’s younger brother Jack (Bill Pullman), and they fall in love. Lucy later confesses everything and leaves, unsure of her future. Will she meet Jack again? Watch the formulaic hit film that launched Sandra Bullock to stardom.

The Shop Around the Corner      

films 5Kralik (James Stewart) is Matuschek’s most trusted employee but recently they have been getting in to frequent arguments since Matuschek suspects that Kralik is having an affair with his wife. Kralik is corresponding anonymously with a woman whose ad he came across in the newspaper. Klara (Margaret Sullavan) gets hired but Kralik and Klara just cannot get along with each other. During an argument Matuschek fires Kralik. A detective informs Matuschek that his wife is having an affair with one of his employees—Vadas. Kralik discovers that Klara is his mystery woman. Matuschek apologises and makes Kralik the manager and Kralik dismisses Vadas. Does Kralik reveal to Klara that he is her mystery man? Watch this classic which is ranked among all-time 100 great movies.