Sure, a kiss is still a kiss, but when movies add some inclement weather to an onscreen smooch, it’s so much more... sloppy. Yeah, we’re looking at you Ryan Gosling! This week marks the 10th anniversary of the lip-smacking tear-jerker that’s responsible for the gaping hole where our hearts used to be — The Notebook. In its climactic scene, Gosling and Rachel McAdams keep alive a Hollywood tradition: overcoming a torrential downpour for some down home face mashing.
Think it’s over? IT STILL ISN’T OVER! Here’s a rundown of more movie kisses where we’re predicting a 100% chance of precipitation and a 75% chance of downright cheesiness.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Fact: Rainwater does bad things to teleprompters. That’s the only way to explain Andie MacDowell’s stilted delivery before puckering up with Hugh Grant in the 1994 British romcom, Four Weddings and a Funeral. It’s not a bad scene as rain-kissing goes, but prepare to avert your ears when MacDowell delivers her famous groaner: “Is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed.” Hadn’t noticed?! Andie, the rain is in your face. Literally, inside your face!
“If this is a crush I don’t think I could take it if the real thing ever happened,” says Holden McNeil, played by Ben Affleck in the 1997 film Chasing Amy. This scene shows Affleck chasing Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams) down a street on what appears to be recycling day. You’ll need to endure a convoluted dialogue that only Kevin Smith could fabricate — even the rain is unconvincing. Then witness what happens when a couple inexplicably turns into two zombies who try to feast on each others’ tonsils.
In the 2002 Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst make out like a couple of Tetris pieces. This upside down kissing scene has been recreated in countless films and television shows. Never mind the fact that it almost asphyxiated Toby McGuire when he shot the scene. "There was rain pouring up or down my nose,” he once told reporters. “I couldn't breathe and I was gasping for breath out of the corner of Kirsten's mouth.”
If you ever asked yourself “I wonder what it’d be like to see the Black Widow make out with King Henry III?” go ahead and "Netflix" Woody Allen’s 2002 film, Match Point. Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays a tennis pro who falls in love with his brother-in-law’s girlfriend, played by Scarlett Johansson. In this scene, we see they clearly have left their umbrellas at home (along any semblance of self-control), and after a brief drenching, end up rolling in the hay. Literally.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Of course Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard got top billing in the 1961 film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But the real star in this vintage make out scene was the cat, played by Orangey. (Yes, Orangey. Look it up. He was like the Christian Bale of tabby cats.) He doesn’t look happy at all when Holly Golightly finds him at the end of the film, nor does he seem amused getting crushed between the two leads as they get busy during a downpour.