By Haley Murphy
It seems that love can come in a variety of ways, but the classic accidental love story has been popping up all over the place. In the most recent example, “The Proposal,” Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) forces her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in order to avoid being deported to Canada. He agrees to marry in exchange for a promotion, and the two engage in what seems to be a business-like partnership. After spending time pretending to be a couple, the duo finds themselves actually falling for each other. Sure, it may seem predictable, but who doesn’t love a happy ending? This isn’t the first time love has “accidentally” conquered all. Here’s a few movies that take on a similar plot line to “The Proposal” and turn out to be “surprising” love story!
When you mix Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz in a romantic comedy you know you are in for a (crazy) treat . The movie follows Joy (Cameron), who just got dumped by her fiancé, and Jack (Ashton), who just got fired from his job, as they both retreat to Vegas for the weekend. After a night in sin city, they drunkenly get married and proceed to win $3 million. In order to evenly distribute the money a judge orders them six months of marriage counseling. In the midst of hating each other — shocker! —sparks fly and they fall in love. Who saw it coming?
When Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey ...sigh!) engages in a competition with his female co-workers, he bets that he can make any woman fall in love with him in 10 days. When he meets Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson), he is unaware that she too is conspiring to woo (and then freak out) a man within the same period. Within these hidden agendas, they somehow find time to fall in love. Well, we guess when it's McConaughey, 10 days is certainly ample time to make it work.
After being dumped by his popular girlfriend, high school jock Zack Siler (Freddie Prinze Jr.) accepts a bet that he can get the nerdy Laney Boggs (Rachel Leigh Cook) to turn into a prom queen by pretending to date her. After spending time with Laney, he finds himself falling in love with her and realizes he made a mistake by originally leading her on.
When Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) is returning home for her sister’s wedding, she hires a male escort (Dermot Mulroney) to pretend to be her boyfriend in order to get back at an ex. However, Kat’s focus shifts away from the past and toward her new faux boyfriend as she starts to fall for him. To both of their surprises (yeah right!), their fake "romance" turns into a real one, which is launched when Dermot says, “I think I would miss you if we had never met.” We think that cheesy line made us throw up a little bit in our mouths, but true love never fails, right?
In this sort of love story (er, we're not quite sure what to call it!), two firefighters and best friends, Chuck (Adam Sandler) and Larry (Kevin James), pretend to be married in order for Larry to get insurance benefits. While attempting to convince officials that they're experiencing newlywed bliss, the two discover the importance of friendship and family. Sure, they don’t fall in "love" per se, but we fell in love with their camaraderie.
What’s your accidental love story? And what did you think of "The Proposal"?