In honor of Valentine's Day, our staff will be sharing some of their favorite romantic scenes all day long.
Yeah, I'm writing about The Fisher King again. I can never get away from my love for this movie, which has my favorite use of a NYC landmark, my favorite Robin Williams performance and, yes, my all-time favorite romantic scene. Believe me, I tried to be less predictable and spotlight something from my other favorite romances. I especially wanted to celebrate the very realistic awkwardness and uncertainty of love displayed in All the Real Girls, but I couldn't pinpoint one moment of that film that's any more romantic than another.
So I'm back to the more clearly scripted fairy tale romance of The Fisher King. There are two great, very different love stories in the film. Mercedes Ruehl and Jeff Bridges provide the more down to earth, often too cynical portrayal of love evolved out of a relationship of convenience. Then there's the fantastical love story starring Williams and Amanda Plummer as Parry and Lydia. Like all the best whimsical romances, there's a level of stalking involved, and at times I wonder if Lydia comes off too desperate for being charmed by Parry's immediate profession of love, backed by obsessive knowledge of her daily routine and presumption of how she sees herself.
Yet there are so many great heartfelt lines (courtesy of screenwriter Richard LaGravenese) in this scene that the creepiness may be overlooked. Even "I've got a hard on for you the size of Florida," which may not seem romantic on its own, but which in the context of the conversation is so endearing. And "you're the greatest thing since spice racks" is such a wonderfully weird thing to say, but who can claim to never have acted nonsensically while speaking completely from the heart?
I guess maybe the whole thing needs to be set up, but how far back? Should I tell you about Parry's prior loss of love and present psychological situation? Must you watch the entire double-date scheme that brings the couple together for this exact moment? I wish this clip at least included the bit where Parry sculpts a tiny chair out of a champagne top and utters the perfectly metaphoric statement, "There's nothing trashy about romance. In romance there's passion. There's imagination. There's beauty. Besides, you find some wonderful things in the trash."
If you want a bigger picture, watch the longer segment, which I didn't embed because it goes a little too far past the key moment. Otherwise, relish in the meat of the sequence below: