Movie Love Quotes: Reliable or Misleading?

August 20, 2012
Movie Love Quotes: Reliable or Misleading?

You know that scene in “Say Anything” when John Cusack stands outside of Ione Skye’s bedroom window, holding up a boombox and blaring Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”? Well, that brief clip from the classic 1989 romantic film single-handedly ruined love for millions of people.

Well, it’s probably not fair to say it “ruined” love, but it gave a lot of people highly unreachable expectations of what love really is. The Silver Screen has a way of doing that to us everyday people.

Instead of looking for a mate we share similar morals, ethics, friendships and goals with, we look for a mate who can create a fantasy world that only Hollywood has the budget to construct.

Here I look at five of the top love quotes from movies and offer a verdict on whether they reflect love in real life or the kind of love only John and Ione can create.

1. “The greatest thing you’ll learn is to love and be loved.” – “Moulin Rouge”

Verdict: Absolutely — a real-life quote. Love can conquer all, right? The biggest joy in life is to love and be loved in return. Whether it’s the love between a husband and wife, mother and child or best friends, love conquers all.

2. “I can live without you. I just don’t want to.” – “Rumor Has It”

Verdict: Another great real-life quote. Reality is that we can live without being in love. I’m sure there are people who die at 90 and have never been in love. But why would we want to?

Jennifer Aniston’s character is being practical. She loves this man and wants to be with him but is saying she’ll survive if he doesn’t love her back.


“It has been the job of the Silver Screen to entertain

audiences and get their minds off of everyday life.”

3. “You’re my only reason to stay alive, if that’s what I am.” – “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”

Verdict: Nope! If the only reason you’re staying alive is because of the man in your life, then you need to get a life. Don’t you have a career you’re passionate about or an unbreakable group of girlfriends?

Sista, fill your life with something other than a man.

4. “Love is too weak a word for what I feel. I luuurve you.” – “Annie Hall”

Verdict: Intoxicatingly quirky and a great example of real life. This is how couples talk when they are truly in love, and “Annie Hall” does a great job of showing Hollywood how us everyday people love.

5. “If I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life.” – “Runaway Bride”

Verdict: A fantastic marriage proposal and real-life movie quote from two of the best on-screen couples. Julia and Richard cannot do any wrong when it comes to convincing an audience of true love.

Hollywood has a funny way of showing us love. For more than a century, it has been the job of the Silver Screen to entertain audiences and get their minds off of everyday life — the good and the bad.

When a movie romanticizes love, sometimes it’s done in a real-life (oh, that’s like my relationship) way. And in others, it’s so far from fathomable that we are left wondering how to search for real love.

Kara Pound is an award-winning journalist based in St. Augustine, Fla. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Flagler College. Her work has been published in INKED, Natural Awakenings, Design Aglow, Memphis Flyer, Jacksonville Magazine, E/Environmental Magazine and dozens more. Check out some of Kara's work at Connect with her on Google+.

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5 Responses

    I wish number 5 happened more often!

    I wish the Twilight sort of comments happened less often! It’s so sad to hear teenage girls say things like that to their high school boyfriends. How often do high school sweethearts really end up together? Sometimes, but not frequently! It’s a bit ridiculous.

    You guys missed a misleading quote. Take just about any quote from Sex and the City (TV show or movies)!:-P

    I really agree with your real life explanation of the quote #2 … Love can take different forms …You can have amazing friends who bring you all the love you need or you can have a great niece and nephew who bring you so much joy that you don’t think about the romantic love.
    Some people are happy by being free and busy by the career …I think a mate should complete you but you have to be able to live without it …If you can’t, that means you don’t love yourself enough to appreciate your own company .

    OMG ! I seriously agree with you.Those Twilight are going to raise a new generation of girls who only think about finding a men in their life …Life is so full of wonderful thing to discover and experiment and you don’t always need a man or a woman to be alive …

    The funny thing with Hollywood is sometime they show love as a over romantic thing …Being a couple takes lots lots of work and you have to work at it . That’s why you see a lot of divorce now . Young couple don’t want to do the work …I have been with the same man for 20 years and it’s a everyday work .We had ups and downs but we still love each other.

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