“Or once.”

Posted by · 4:18 pm · February 14th, 2011

I can’t let February the 14th pass without some acknowledgement on my part, so here it is: one of the coolest, warmest, hottest romantic exchanges I can think of in any movie. Scott Frank’s writing is conversational poetry here, Anne V. Coates’s editing shapes all the politics of lovemaking into a single scene, and George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, both as beautiful and as human as they’ve ever been on screen, define chemistry. I love this scene. I love this movie. Happy Valentine’s Day.

What screen romances do it for you?




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  • 1 2-14-2011 at 4:44 pm

    brian said...

    Anne V. Coates and Sarah Flack should have won Oscars for their collaborations with Soderbergh … some of the best editing around (Out of Sight and The Limey)

  • 2 2-14-2011 at 4:57 pm

    parker said...

    quite possibly my favorite scene from any film. so well done

  • 3 2-14-2011 at 5:19 pm

    geha714 said...

    You forgot the great score by David Holmes. The music took this scene into another level, complementing the non-lineal editing, the great writing and the undeniable chemistry between the two leads.

  • 4 2-14-2011 at 5:21 pm

    daveylow said...

    I thought after this movie that Lopez had a long movie career ahead of her. And now she’s on American Idol alas, though still charming.

  • 5 2-14-2011 at 5:23 pm

    m1 said...

    I need to see this film.

  • 6 2-14-2011 at 5:57 pm

    Tye-Grr said...

    I love this scene and this film too! It’s the best performance Jennifer Lopez has ever given. This and ‘Selena’ were her breakout roles, and I wish she’d do quality screen work again.

  • 7 2-14-2011 at 6:38 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Bra. Vo.

  • 8 2-14-2011 at 6:39 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Incidentally, this will be on Blu-ray March 1 in the States.

  • 9 2-14-2011 at 6:39 pm

    Nigel said...

    I was listening to the soundtrack yesterday. It’s perfect. Probably my favourite film of the 90s.

  • 10 2-14-2011 at 6:53 pm

    Alice said...

    Oh, I haven’t seen this movie in ages. Ithink it’s definitely due for a rewatch.

    Another great one has to be Before Sunset: Baby, you are gonna miss that plane.

  • 11 2-14-2011 at 6:58 pm

    Jim T said...

    I love it! Boy, it’s been more than twelve years? I’m so old!

  • 12 2-14-2011 at 7:18 pm

    RichardA said...

    I really wish JLo would do more movies and rom coms. She’s really good at it.

    Any of the Nora Ephron canons would do it for me. Of those, You Got Mail has to be the best one.

    And the British version of Nora Ephron…Richard Curtis. I saw “Notting Hill” recently and it reminded me how awesome Hugh Grant be. The best line from that movie…”…just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”

    Yeah, I said Nora Ephron canon.

  • 13 2-14-2011 at 7:39 pm

    Danny King said...

    “What screen romances do it for you?”

    As of late, the one that comes to my mind first: “Adventureland”

  • 14 2-14-2011 at 7:53 pm

    Paul Outlaw said...

    Strangers on a Train
    Beautiful Thing
    Badlands
    Jules & Jim
    The Lady Eve
    A Place in the Sun

  • 15 2-14-2011 at 7:55 pm

    Paul Outlaw said...

    and the Ang Lee flicks

  • 16 2-14-2011 at 8:17 pm

    Fitz said...

    That reconnection between Owen and Moore in Children of Men is great, if not tragic because of what follows afterward.

  • 17 2-14-2011 at 8:25 pm

    Nick Davis said...

    Anything by Bruno Dumont. Nothing says Valentine’s Day like some good field-rutting outside a marginal, post-industrial town.

  • 18 2-14-2011 at 8:29 pm

    Jim T said...

    Paul Outlaw – Strangers on a Train, The Lady Eve and the Ang Lee flicks seconded!

  • 19 2-14-2011 at 8:31 pm

    James C said...

    Now you’re making me want to pop in my copy of the flick. Lovely scene. Rare chemistry.

  • 20 2-14-2011 at 8:51 pm

    André said...

    still think this is Soderbergh’s best work

    very very VERY good film (and book, for that matter).

  • 21 2-15-2011 at 5:58 am

    JJ1 said...

    I’m always affected during the late stages of ‘Titanic’, as well as ‘Brokeback’. Both sound so incredbly, incredibly cliched, but there you go.

  • 22 2-15-2011 at 6:04 am

    ChrisG said...

    I haven’t seen “Out of Sight” for years. Good film, as far as I remember. And I usually can’t stand Jennifer Lopez at all.
    My favourite screen romance? Probably “Before Sunrise”, “Before Sunset”… And ESOTSM of course.

  • 23 2-15-2011 at 6:45 am

    Sawyer said...

    Echo ChrisG. Loved those tender moments between Joel and Clementine.

    My favorite romantic scene in film is probably the proposal scene in Love Actually between Colin Firth and “Beautiful Aurelia”.

  • 24 2-15-2011 at 8:01 am

    Loyal said...

    Soderbergh was on fire between 1998 and 2001. The Limey is one of my favorite films of all-time, along with Out of Sight.

    I’m really looking forward to Haywire and Contagion this year.

  • 25 2-15-2011 at 8:55 am

    john t. said...

    Guy, you & I are not always in agreement, but I fully support your love for this great film. It never got the Oscar love it deserved ( some nominations, but no wins) , nor did this movie reach the classic status it deserves .

    Also, this film is one of the all-time sexiest films , and one of the most wickedly funny movies. The acting, editing, cinematography, directing , and the writing are absolutely breathtaking- just seamless on every level. Steven Soderbergh & Jennifer Lopez has never been better with this wonderful movie. This is the first film when I started to respect George Clooney . George & Jennifer have to do another film together, chemistry this great is a rarity.

    P.S. Sandra Bullock desperately wanted the Jennifer Lopez role, but she refused to audition with George Clooney because A-lister Bullock felt she was above auditioning . What a missed opportunity !

  • 26 2-15-2011 at 4:35 pm

    The Q-Mann said...

    Much love for posting this scene, Guy. It really is a classic.

    Anytime someone doubts that Jennifer Lopez has ever made a good flick (which happens pretty often), I point to Out of Sight. The argument ends.

  • 27 2-15-2011 at 8:20 pm

    Will said...

    Danny King, “Adventurland” is fantastic, the whole fireworks scene with “Don’t Dream It’s Over” in the background and the subsequent scene in Em’s house is amazing, it immediatelly reminded me of my first girlfriend and all the emotions I felt during that time.

  • 28 2-16-2011 at 9:45 am

    Cameron said...

    A bit late, but my favorite love scene is from Punch-Drunk Love, from when Barry and Lina leave the restaurant to that long run through the maze of hallways. And that kiss. And their silhouetted kiss in Hawaii. And all the harmonium scenes.
    Pretty much the whole film.

  • 29 2-16-2011 at 10:02 am

    Maxim said...

    “Another great one has to be Before Sunset: Baby, you are gonna miss that plane.”

    I second that. Probably the best and most satisfying ending ever.

    Also, Lost in Translation.

    And the ice rink scene in King Kong. So beautiful.