Monday, 15 July 2013

Marriage Advice We Learned From Movies

Over the last 100 years of movie history, our favorite onscreen couples have given us a lot of
advice about what it takes to have a happy marriage. Sure, not all of it's good advice (you probably wouldn't want to base your marriage off Michael and Kay's union in 
"The Godfather"), but some have been surprisingly poignant. Below are just but a few:

"When Harry Met Sally": Love Your Partner's Quirks
You say you love your spouse -- but do you really love EVERYTHING about him (or her)? Harry (Billy Crystal) isn't yet married to Sally (Meg Ryan) in this scene from the 1989 movie "When Harry Met Sally", but he still teaches us the importance of loving your partner's little quirks. "I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes," he says.

"Up": Cherish The Little Moments
The opening scene of 2009 animated film "Up" is a sweet reminder of all the ordinary moments that make up a marriage, like saving money and decorating your first house. Don't forget the day-to-day struggles and joys of marriage in between the bigger milestones.

"The Kids Are All Right": Marriage Is Hard
Being married isn't always easy, especially when you've been together for many years. In the 2010 movie "The Kids Are All Right", Jules (Julianne Moore) explains, "Marriage is hard... Just two people slogging through the shit, year after year, getting older, changing. It's a marathon, okay?"

"The Birdcage": Remember That You Make A Great Team
In the 1996 comedy "The Birdcage", Albert (Nathan Lane) wants to pretend to be heterosexual to fool his future in-laws. His partner, Armand (Robin Williams) protests at first, but then relents, declaring, "You're a great performer, I'm a great director. Together we can do almost anything." When you and your spouse work together, you're unstoppable!

"Gone With The Wind": Don't Forget To Say "I Love You"
All of Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) and Rhett (Clark Gable)'s problems could have been avoided if they had both admitted how much they truly loved each other in the 1939 classic "Gone With The Wind". Scarlett tries to tell Rhett that she loves him in the movie's final scene, but it's too late.

"Julie & Julia": Be Supportive
While Julia Child (Meryl Streep) tries to figure out her passion, her husband, Paul (Stanley Tucci), supports her throughout her journey in 2009 movie "Julie & Julia". "What is it that you really like to do?" he asks in the clip on the left. Even when most women didn't have careers, he encouraged Julia to follow her dreams.

"Shrek": Always Believe Your Partner Is Beautiful
In 2001 movie "Shrek", Fiona says, "I'm supposed to be beautiful," when she realizes she won't turn from an ogre back into a human. "But you ARE beautiful," Shrek replies, just as any loving husband (or wife) should. No matter what you look like, your spouse should always think you're gorgeous.