Sunday, December 5, 2010

Great Movies to Bead by....

Great Movies to Bead by....

I'm not sure how I missed getting this out in November, so you'll get a double dose of GMTBB this month!

Sweet Home Alabama (2003)

The Story: Melanie Carmichael (Reese Witherspoon) has it all. She is a fabulous up and coming fashion designer who has just nailed her first major fashion show and she has just become engaged to the most eligible bachelor in New York City (Patrick Dempsey). What's the problem then? Well, for starters, her name is really Melanie Smooter, she has a less-than-elegant family in a small Alabama town, and, oh yeah, she's already married to her high school sweetheart (Josh Lucas)! Can she get a divorce in time to avoid having to tell anyone, or will her nosey future mother-in-law ruin everything?

What I love about this movie? Having lived in the South for a while, I appreciated the scenes where Mr. Smooter and company are re-enacting the Civil War. They really do have them down there, and sometimes the South even wins!

I enjoy the 'fish out of water' element of the New Yorkers visiting Alabama, and also the romance element centered around what lightning does to sand when it strikes. This one is a must-have for any beader's collection in my opinion ;)

Made of Honor (2008)
The story: Platonic best friends Tom (Patrick Dempsey) and Hannah (Michelle Monaghan) accept eachother the way they are. He's a serial dater whose bed hosts a new girl every night, and she's simply looking for Mr. Right. When Hannah takes an extended vacation to Scotland, Tom begins to realize what he's been missing in his relationships all this time....Hannah. When she comes home engaged to a Scottish Duke and asks Tom to be her 'maid' of honor, Tom accepts so that he can be close to Hannah to win her over. From New York for the bridal shower to Scotland for the wedding, Toms' comical attempts to appear 'mature' to Hannah are entertaining and endearing. Will Tom be able to win her back in time, or is he destined to lose her forever?

What I like about it? First of all, I just like wedding movies, and this one is set (partly) in Scotland with a sort of 'traditional' theme . What girl hasn't dreamed of marrying some version of royalty and living in a castle? And if attractive Scottish nobles isn't your thing,who doesn't want to marry Patrick Dempsey? Just sign me up!

The scenes in Scotland are beautiful, and the Highland Games are full of men in kilts, most of which I would take as a mate. (Yes, I bought my actual husband a kilt which he DOES wear, complete with boots that nearly reach the long kilt ;).

The comedy hits the mark each time, whether you're dealing with the evil would-be female Maid of Honor, or watching Patrick Dempsey attempt the Highland Games in a mini-kilt. All around a fun movie with a satisfying ending.


  1. I love popping in a rom com that I've seen a million times while I bead. You don't have to look up but can easily picture exactly what is going on. :)

  2. You and I are very much alike in that fashion Sara :)


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