Lifestyle & Parenting


May 28, 2008

Unconventional yet truer to life than many of their blockbuster
counterparts, these love stories will melt your heart like no
cookie-cutter romance can.

10. Dedication
wouldnt think a caustic, obsessive-compulsive childrens book author
would make a great romantic lead, but when that lead is Billy Crudup, it
makes for a bitter-sweet blend.

9. Shopgirl
on Steve Martins novella, this L.A. love story manages to be both funny
and grounded, thanks to the unexpected pairing of Jason Schwartzman and
Claire Danes and thoughtful narration by Martin himself.

8. Wristcutters:
A Love Story

A guy and a girl who have suicide in
common meet in the afterlife. Starring Almost Famous Patrick
Fugit and musician Tom Waits, this movie is the most bizarre of the
bunch, but bound to become a cult hit.

7. Broken

Sure, the lovelorn New York gal who
continually chooses the wrong guy storyline is old hat. But when indie
queen Parker Posey plays the heroine and John Cassavetes’ daughter Zoe
(Sofia Coppolas best friend) writes and directs, its gorgeously
understated and refreshingly real.

6. Waitress
Russell is all cuteness as a pregnant pie maker who channels husband
troubles into her pastries and strikes up a thing with her baby doctor.
Dont be surprised if you crave banana cream post viewing.

5. Conversations
with Other Women

The antidote to wedding season.
Helen Bonham Carter plays a reluctant bridesmaid who meets guest Aaron
Eckhart at the reception and Old Hollywood-esque witty repartee (among
other things) ensues.

4. Me
and You and Everyone We Know

Renaissance woman
Miranda July writes, directs and stars in this deliciously offbeat film
about an oddball entourage of children and grown-ups navigating love and
everyday life.

3. Lars
and the Real Girl

The premisesocial recluse with a
blow-up doll for a girlfriendsounds like a bad frat boy flick, but its
anything but. Ryan Goslings performance endeared us to him forever.

2. All
the Real Girls

No film has captured the fervor and
frustration of young love quite like this tale of a small town lothario
who falls for his best friends sister.

1. Once
to Oscar, this modern musical is no longer under the radar. About a
broken-hearted busker and no-nonsense flower seller who bond over song,
its worth all the attention and adulation it gets.



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