I'm a total sucker for romantic comedies, and I'm not sure that will be changing any time soon. Recently, I've noticed that an awful lot of movies I've been rewatching feature Amanda Bynes, so I figured we should take a minute and review everything dear Amanda has taught us about love.
She's the Man (2006)
Twelfth Night turned into a modern romance story that involves a girl trying to kick butt in soccer by pretending to be her brother.
What to learn here...? Uhh....lying about who you are and trying to fall in love with your boy roommate while also pretending to be your brother is going to confuse everyone? Let's go with "be honest with the people you care about." That sounds like a better lesson.
What a Girl Wants (2003)
Colin Firth. Cute boy on motor bike. Fantastically 00s outfits. A weird father/daughter approval plot with some love on the side.
Basically, what we can learn here is that you should just be yourself, and appreciate those (hint: IAN) who appreciate you for who you are. As he says, why try to blend in, when you were born to stand out? (swooon)
Sydney White (2007)
This is a strange retelling of Snow White that does a weird adaptation of it. Like, the Mirror, Mirror from the wall is actually a website where people rank the hottest people on campus. And the seven dwarves are seven cool nerdy dudes who live in a crappy house. Oh, and Snow White (er, Sydney) is basically a carpenter.
What we can learn here is that while popularity isn't that important, having people who support you is, and you should respect those relationships! Also, Even if the hot guy is hot, it doesn't mean he's a jerk--he might actually be super sweet.
Love Wrecked (2005)
I don't remember the plot of this movie that well but I'm pretty sure it went something like this: girl loves pop star. Pop star comes to resort where she is. Girl lets pop star think he is stranded on a remote island when he's actually just feet from the resort. Girl's guy best friend helps her while telling her she's stupid. Can you guess which guy she ends up with? (also, isn't the best friend also in a MaryKate/Ashley movie?!)
Moral of the story here is that you shouldn't pretend to be something you're not to get someone to fall for you. You also shouldn't hold them hostage in hopes that they'll fall for you, no matter how sure you are that you're meant to be. The right person will come along and things will work out, somehow. Trust me!
Iiiiiiii love this movie. Even if Amanda may not be the focal point, I think she plays a fantastic role in this! Basically, she falls for a boy who her mom totally doesn't approve of (because of color and more), but she doesn't care. Love is love! I think the lesson here is obvious: sometimes, people won't understand who you love, or they'll be against it for a not-so-great reason. Stay true to what you feel, and you'll find a way to make things work.
You can see her being rescued from being "in captivity" because of her mother in this scene!! So cute :)
Easy A (2010)
Now, Amanda doesn't play the main love lead in this flick, and she's kind of a horrible person for the majority of the movie (even if she's supposed to be a nice Christian girl).
BUT she does help us learn a few things:
1) not everything is about what others perceive or say. Amanda's character believes all the rumors rather than believing in the person behind the rumors.
2) not everyone is what they say they are. Get to know them, not their reputation.
3) love is about you and the person you love, not the world's opinion, and you should let it stay that way!