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Thursday Movie Picks: Starring Real Life Couples

Thursday Movie Picks

Happy Thursday, everyone! Here in the UK we’re finally starting to see glimpses of Spring arriving. After we had our best summer ever last year, this winter is feeling particularly long, so I can’t wait until the day that I can think about not blasting the heating wherever I am. Anyway, Thursday brings a new topic for Thursday Movie Picks, hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, and this week we’re talking about movies starring real life couples.

This is a particularly tough week for me as I generally don’t know a lot about the lives of most actors and actresses, but there are definitely some standout choices here. Let’s do this!


Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively, Green Lantern (2011) 

My blog went a whole 2 years before I mentioned Green Lantern. That was a pretty good run, I think. I’m in the handful of people who enjoyed that movie for what it was, although once I got invested in the comics afterward I could see what a disaster it was. Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively weren’t together during the creation of this movie – but it’s how they met and if the Green Lantern movie is responsible for creating this beautiful couple, it can’t be all bad – can it?


Emily Blunt & John Krasinski, A Quiet Place (2018)

Never will I ever forget the day I learned my sweet Jim Halpert was married (sorry, oh wonderful husband of mine). I don’t follow celebrity gossip much but these guys just seem so sweet and genuine, and I’m such a huge fan of both of their works. A Quiet Place, in particular, is one of my favorites, and it’s largely responsible for me finally getting into the horror genre.


Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone, EVERY MOVIE EVER.

Okay but seriously, how amazing is it that Melissa McCarthy’s husband appears in practically every movie she’s in? I honestly find as much joy in spotting him as I did in spotting Stan Lee in the Marvel movies. I almost choked when I saw him in Can You Ever Forgive Me? but it was fascinating to then learn that he was cast well before she even was! I can see 2 movies in development for Melissa on IMDB at the moment, I wonder if he’ll be in those…

16 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Starring Real Life Couples

  1. I also chose A Quiet Place. I think Melissa McCarthy makes better movies when her husband isn’t involved in the writing. Probably because there’s less slapstick lol


  2. Reynolds and Lively make a handsome couple but I thought Green Lantern was a crappy movie.

    Melissa McCarthy movies are a variable lot, Spy is fantastic Identity Thief mediocre and Tammy awful everything else falls in between, but she is almost always worth watching. I’m not familiar enough with her husband to recognize him when he shows up though.

    I haven’t seen A Quiet Place, it’s on my list because of the leads but I’m not a horror guy so it will take me a while to get there. It does seem to be the title of the week.

    There were so many ways to go with this, it seems the pairing of off-screen couples has always been something the public wanted to see, that I ended up doing a theme within the theme-married couples (at least when the films were made) in adaptations of Shakespeare’s comedies.

    The Boys from Syracuse (1940)-In the town of Ephesus in ancient Asia Minor two boys from Syracuse, Anthipholus (Allan Jones) and his servant Dromio (Joe Penner), search for their long-lost twins who, for reason of plot confusion, are also named Anthipholus and Dromio. Problems arise when the wife of the Ephesians, Adriana (Irene Hervey) and her servant Luce (Martha Raye), mistake the two strangers for their husbands. Complications and comedy ensue. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. Leads Jones and Hervey were married for over 20 years, their son vocalist Jack Jones is most well-known for singing the theme for The Love Boat.

    The Taming of the Shrew (1967)-Wealthy Padua merchant, Baptista (Michael Hordern), has two daughters-the fiery Katherina called Kate (Elizabeth Taylor) and younger sister Bianca (Natasha Pyne). Bianca loves Lucentio (Michael York), and wants to marry but can’t until the thorny Kate does which she shows no inclination to do. On the scene comes the raucous and magnetic Petruchio (Richard Burton) who sees Kate as a challenge and when her father forces them to marry the real combat begins. The infamously battling Burtons are perfectly cast as the warring lead couple.

    Much Ado About Nothing (1993)-After a successful campaign against his rebellious brother, Don John (Keanu Reeves), Don Pedro (Denzel Washington) visits the governor of Messina. With him are Benedick (Kenneth Branagh) and Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard). While there, Claudio falls for the governor’s daughter, Hero (Kate Beckinsale), while Benedick engages in a war of words with Beatrice (Emma Thompson), the governor’s niece. While Don Pedro tries to trick Benedick and Beatrice into falling in love, Don John tries to tear Claudio and Hero apart. Aside from married (at the time) couple Branagh & Thompson and the aforementioned stars the cast also includes Michael Keaton, Imelda Staunton and Emma’s mother Phyllida Law.

    The Taming of the Shrew (1929)-Same basic story as the Liz & Dick version above but with substantial cuts (and additional dialogue by Sam Taylor-???? WHY) served as a wrong-headed early sound vehicle for two of the biggest stars of the silent era, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks Sr. who had notoriously left they spouses to marry each other (but whose own marriage was foundering by this point) in an echoing of the whole Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie episode of later years. Static and dated with both stars nearing the ends of their careers (Mary made 3 more films, Doug 4 before retirement) Pickford considered it one of her worst performances (she’s right) but Fairbanks, full of brio is suited to Petruchio and emerges okay. Still you’re missing nothing if you give it the skip.


    1. I can almost guarantee a Melissa McCarthy movie will end up in my Worst of the year post, but she can be so funny that I’ll always give her movies a chance!
      Funnily enough I was talking about Much Ado About Nothing with someone just the other day, I really want to see that movie.


  3. I couldn’t help think during A Quiet Place how beautifully Emily Blunt was shot through the whole thing. She’s beautiful of course but there was just something about the way she looked in this movie particularly where I was like yeah, he really loves her.


  4. A Quiet Place is definitely the movie of the week. And it’s a solid choice. Didn’t realize Green Lantern brought Reynolds and Lively together. Cool. The McCarthy-Falcone thing is very cool, too, even if they don’t always produce the best work.


  5. I haven’t seen any of these since I heard the Green Lantern wasn’t very good and didn’t look it. A quiet Place looks way too scary but I will watch anything with Melissa McCarthy in it. I always like the quick rapport and loved them in Dpy and even the one with Sandra Bullock.


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