I just finished watching Love Actually, and now I am all mushy and in the Christmas spirit—and all I can think about, besides Hugh Grant shaking his cute bum to Jump by the pointer sisters, is that kiss that between Colin Firth’s character and Aurelia, I mean, it comes in at swoon-tastic on my BestHoliday Kisses scale! And since my latest release is KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE, I thought that a Best HollywoodHoliday Kiss Countdown was in order!
After some long and hard consideration, I have finallynarrowed it down to my top #5 Best Hollywood Holiday Kisses ever...
#5 Serendipity comes in at the top of my list. I know this movie doesn’t all take place around the holidays, but
what’s more romantic than two people brought together by chance, separated by fate with the knowledge that they are meant for each other, only to find one another again years later to finally get their second chance at true love.
#4 Love Actually. Every time I watch this movie, my heart breaks though this entire scene. Juliet is engaged to Mark’s best friend, but Mark is in love with Juliet. He lays it all on the line, in the most amazing way and then quietly walks away…
Only, Juliet chases him down the block and gives him what should be a send-off kiss, but the moment is so perfect and heloves her with such intensity that this one kiss, and her happiness, will be enough.
#3 While you were Sleeping. This movie has it all: love-it-at-first-sight, mistaken identity, forbidden love, love triangle, a crazy family. It would have been so easy to have Bill Pullman’s character show up alone at the end and declare his feelings. But this story is about love and belonging and family, so of course the entire Callaghan family shows up and proposes to her.
And then the kiss…sheer brilliance. Look at how he is looking at her.
#2 Love Actually hits my list again, this time with the kiss that started it all. This story line has all of the trappings of brilliant romance: two people who don’t share the same language, country of residence, or culture, and yet they overcome everything for love. But the part that gets me is when Colin’s character, Jamie, takes the time to learn Portuguese, only tobotch up his declaration of love fabulously, in front of the entire restaurant and her family… sigh…
#1 Bridget Jones’s Diary has to be at number one for me. First off, it is an adaptation of my favorite romance novel, Pride and Prejudice, and regardless of the setting, contemporary or historical, Colin Firth is by far the best Mr. Darcy ever. And Bridget is my kind of heroines. I mean, the poor girl is a hot mess, sprinting through the snow in her underwear and running shoes to apologize…in the most confusing way….only Mr. Darcy already knows that diaries are full of crap and he has bought her a new one…and when the old ladies harrumph at her choice of wardrobe, Darcy doesn’t cover her up with his coat, he kisses her, right there on the street corner, accepting her for exactly who she is…
Oh, and I couldn’t end without giving and honorable mention to A Christmas Story…A “Best Christmas” list of any kind has to have this movie on it or it can’t qualify as a Christmas List. So even though Flick technically isn’t “kissing” the pole, there is some serious tongue action going on.
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