Kissin’ in the rain – bad weather seems to turn people on.

Spider-man (2002) with Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire

All that stuff about kissing in the rain the other day made some of my readers want more so, sorry to the others, here are some clips from those memorable kissing in the rain scenes that we all love really even if we won’t admit to it to a doctor or even our best friends. We need something heart-warming to keep us entertained here in the wet UK if there is not going to be an end to the rain this summer. So nothing wrong with a bit of wet kissing if you like that sort of thing. First up is Spider-man – I love the Spiderman movies anyway – and this extract deserves enthusiastic applause for director Sam Raimi’s wonderfully bizarre but romantic upside down kissing scene. Don’t try this at home, er, well, OK then if you must.

The Notebook (2004) with Rachel Macadams and Ryan Gosling

The boating scene in Nick Cassavetes’ The Notebook is the next clip that tries to convince us that all you need is a bit of rain and some very wet clothes and then everything else will turn out just fine. Rachel Macadams and Ryan Gosling were true troopers during the filming of this moment from the film when it seems no amount of water can put out their fire.

Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994) with Andy MacDowell and Hugh Grant

I suppose we all immediately think of this movie when we think of soppy kissing in the rain storylines and why not, love Mike Newell’s film or hate it, I liked it, you have to admit to this scene’s watery-eye potential. When I saw it I pretended I had conjunctivitis.

Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961) with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard 

Lovers of Four Weddings And A Funeral may have forgotten that it was really inspired by the even soggier but much more romantic Audrey Hepburn in Blake Edwards’ uneven movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s based on Truman Capote’s entertaining novella of the same name (1958). If inclement weather is such a turn on,  I wonder if all this English rain will lead to a new baby boom.

Waterloo Bridge (1940) with Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor

I didn’t quote Singin’ In The Rain again but the clip is there on Tuesday’s blog if you want another look at rain’s greatest marketing hit.I didn’t want to include a spoiler in this list but I can’t leave it without at least mentioning Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor in Mervyn LeRoy’s Waterloo Bridge (1940). It was Vivien Leigh’s next movie after Gone With The Wind and, rightly I think, considered her best film role. Get hold of a DVD of it and watch Vivien Leigh act all the above mentioned actresses into a rolled up umbrella.

Here’s the trailer:

Who knows, after watching these movies, you might even get to like the rain.

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