The movie which put the New York delicatessen Katz on the map, which added phrases like “high”-maintenance and “transitional person” into our vocabulary, which had every woman asking, “I’ll have what she’s having”. It is not a Christmas movie per se, but it does have friends – ex-friends/boyfriends/girlfriends- who get back together during holidays. It has a completely charming Billy Crystal and cute as a button Meg Ryan navigating the daunting dating scene in New York in the 1990s. Definitely a before exams, and after exams, maybe during exams kind of movie.
In a five-week countdown to Christmas, ten “love stories” unfold. There are different types of love, involving many different types of people. It has iconic scenes, like the one where Mark stands outside Juliet’s door, with a boombox playing Christmas songs and cue cards where he expresses his love. There is Hugh Grant, deprecatingly charming as ever, Colin Firth (he of Mr. Darcy fame), Emma Thompson, Keira Knightly and a slew of other actors. Who doesn’t like love, and love at Christmas time especially.
Two women from different countries decide to swap homes – and countries, and each ends up falling in love with a local man. Perfect for all those of us who have dreamt of running away (especially during this time of year).
Set in New York city, this movie follows people from different backgrounds, unconnected except in their one purpose of finding happiness on New Years’ Eve. It tugs at the heart strings. It is perhaps not as good as Love Actually, but with actors like Robert de Niro, Zac Efron, Michele Feiffer and many, many, many others, it is worth a few hours away from the books.