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Around the World in 80 Kisses: Smooch Stop #9

The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams is the story of four best friends: Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy--the misfits of Paris, Texas. Their whole lives, they’ve dreamed of escaping small-town life and seeing the world. So when Piper is the victim of an embarrassing prank that goes viral online, she gets the idea that the girls should escape via the school’s international exchange program, in search of fun, love and internet redemption.

Emily McKay along with writing partners Shellee Roberts and Tracy Deebs writes under the pseudonym Ivy Adams. They shop, gossip and watch movies in Austin, Texas.

Top Ten Movies to watch when you’re home alone sick.

I have to preface this blog with a story. Back when my hubby and I were newly married, I had to have eye surgery for a detached retina. Most people who detach a retina doing something cool and active, like sky diving or rappelling. Not me. My big hobbies are reading and baking and yoga. So I have no idea how I detached a retina. The surgery wasn’t bad, but the recovery is two weeks of “taking it easy” (i.e. lying on the sofa) and dilated eyes—which means no reading! Ack! No reading? Two weeks lying on the sofa without books?

So sent hubby out to rent me some fun romcoms to watch while I recovered. Those were his instructions: “fun romcoms.” He came back with Romeo + Juliet, Le Miserables, and Rob Roy. Seriously. That was his idea of fun romcoms. I don’t know if he just has a different idea of fun or if he didn’t yet know the meaning of the term romcom. And just for the record, only one of those movies made it onto my list.

The Good

These are the movies that will just cheer you up when you’re sick.

You’ve Got Mail – Romcoms just don’t get anymore charming. Plus, Tom Hanks shows up to take care of her while she’s sick. How cute is that!

The Little Mermaid – ‘Cause you just can feel down when Sebastian sings Under the Sea.

Anne of Green Gables/Anne of Avonlea – Hey, if you’re sick, you have time to wade through six hours of movie to get to a single chaste kiss ... it’s so worth it!

Pride and Prejudice – I’ve gone on record as admitting that I’d watch this story if someone was performing it with sock puppets. I just love Lizzie and Darcy in any form. So bring it on, whether it’s the Colin Firth BBC six-hour extravaganza or the more recent Keira Knightly version. Or Bridget Jones. Or even Lost in Austen (if you haven’t seen this yet, get thee to a Netflix! It’s totally charming). Or you if

want to stretch, try the YA retelling, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. Or, hell, you’re sick—watch all of ‘em!

The Bad

Here are the movies that you secretly want to rewatch every time you’re just a little bit blue. If you’re like me, it’s embarrassing. These movies are my secret shame. But I’m home alone, right? And I’m sick! No one can criticize my pedestrian taste under these circumstances!

Die Hard (All of them) – ‘Cause when you’re sick, sometimes you just want to see Bruce Willis blow shit up. That’s all there is to it.

The Twilight movies – These are movies I could never, ever, ever let my husband know how often I watch. I have them on iTunes and watch through Apple TV. I live in fear that someday Apple will add a feature that let’s you see what has been recently watched. But if I was sick, I couldn’t be held responsible for my bad taste in movies.

Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz – Because Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are frickin’ hysterical. When you’re feeling your most zombie-like, you can start with Shaun of the Dead, then when you start to perk up, move on to Hot Fuzz. Warning: Don’t watch these once your cold has moved into your lungs. You don’t want to be coughing up a lung and laughing your ass off at the same time.

The Ugly

The ugly cry, that is. If you’re having a phlegm-fest anyway, you might as well have a good cry while your nose is already red. One note of warning: drink plenty of fluids. You have to really hydrate to make it through these movies.

Out of Africa – This is my go-to cry-till-you-wanna-puke movie. We all have one, right? Well this is mine. I can’t even tell you why. Once, when I watched it and there were others around, I cried so much someone asked if I needed them to call the doctor for me. True story. Now it’s strictly a home alone kind of movie. Plus, Meryl Streep gets syphilis in the middle. So, no matter how bad you feel, it’s still better than syphilis, right? Oh, and this is Robert Redford when he was still youngish and pretty hot.

Romeo + Juliet – Guns, tripping acid, and suicide, oh my!

Harry Potter 7.1 & 7.2 – From the beginning of 7.1 when Hermione obliviates her parents until the final battle with Voldemort, it’s just a sob-fest all the way through. (And btw, that scene with Hermione isn’t in the book, ‘cause it happens “off screen” ... and it’s one of the few moments where the movie is clearly better than the books.) Plus, there’s the great Snape-sob-fest. At the theater, I cried so much I had to time blowing my nose with the explosions. By the time it’s over, you’re crying not just because Fred died (or was it George?) but because ... it’s over! The movies based on the best books ever written ... and it’s over! It still breaks my heart. Is there some sort of HP anonymous group therapy I can join?

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Next Smooch Stop: Friday, December 9th at Mundie Moms


  1. My list is Constantine, Sahara, Phantom of the Opera, Star Trek, Prince of Persia, and my secret movie that very few people know is high school musical 3 .. kind of random but I love them!


  2. Anonymous5:21 PM

    My list includes Anne of Green Gables (though I only have them on VHS and now have no VCR, Pride and Prejudice (any version...and I HAVE seen Lost in Austen...thank you Netflix...and loved it), Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings (sometime I just need an epic movie). I was recently home recovery from surgery, so after I read through all three of The Hunger Games I started on my movie list!


  3. Anne of Green Gables would be on my movie list too. I'd probably be more likely to listen to audioboooks than watching movies and the Harry Potter and Outlander series' would be on my audiobook list.

  4. Maddie L6:43 PM

    oh my goodness i cannot wait to go and read this book it looks great and i also love love LOVE! tempest rising thats my favorite book of all time!!!

  5. Maddie6:47 PM

    Ahhhhh i just finished tempest rising for the secound time!, But im still so excited for the international kissing club!!!

    Maddie L

  6. I just love to watch Disney movies!! Over and over again!! :)

  7. Boo
    iWork, I'm a huge star trek fan ... No need to be sick for that! I also loved Constantine and Prince of Persia. Such fun movies and interesting enough that I can watch them over and over!

  8. Okay, that was supposed to be Bookworm. Not Boo iWork. Damn autocorrect.

  9. love musicals

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  10. Lana, I'm so impressed that you've seen lost in Austen, too! I can't even get anyone else to watch it, no matter how great I teleople it is. Wasn't it just totally charming? I just love the moment by the pond!

  11. HI chey!
    Yes, I'd probably listen to books too. :-)
    I just retread the Harry potter books though, so I might go with something else.

  12. Maddie, wasn't Tempest great? I loved it too. Tracy is so amazing! Glad you loved it!

  13. Samjam, I'm with you on the Disney movies! I could watch all of them over and over. Luckily, I have kids, so that's always an option.:-)

  14. Anonymous11:37 PM

    me and my kids like to watch Wizard of Oz, Disney movies(Fox and the Hound, etc.)and harry potter.

  15. Anything Jane Austen related works for me. Of course some productions are better than others, but I'll watch them all. I'm practically word perfect on some. Nary a sock puppet though.


  16. Hairspray (2007) is my go-to feel-better movie. I don't like a lot of romcoms, but I LOVE 27 Dresses. I much prefer explode-y movies, like RED (which is AWESOME). I also watch the new Star Trek endlessly. And then there are the SyFy miniseries based on classics: Alice and Tin Man. LOVE.

  17. I totally dig the Harry Potter movies, Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley version), and the Twilight movies. Out of all the Disney movies, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty is my favorite singer. She's really amazing.

  18. Great post! I love Shaun of the Dead and Harry Potter :)

  19. Thirteen years ago I had an opportunity to pick out some feel-good videos before I went into the hospital for a bone marrow transplant for leukemia. I brought Doris Day movies (Lover Come Back, Pillow Talk, That Touch of Mink); Peter Sellers' Pink Panther movies; Bringing Up Baby; Desk Set...Classic comedies!


  20. Anything Jane Austen, of course. Particularly Persuasion. I'm also a fan of the Twilight movies and definitely Harry Potter films. The Anne movies are some of my all-time favorites. When it comes to sad movies, I LOVE Now, Voyager with Bette Davis. RomComs--the Holiday.

  21. I love watching Clueless and P.S. I Love You:)



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