Maggie’s Hotter than Frozen Hot Chocolate, on a Friday in the Fall

During this time of year I find it hard not to think about summer movies of the past. Autumn looms, leaves start to fall and I’ll think of fin de siècle New York, and Michelle Pfeiffer’s Melanie Parker in a madcap movie crafted in Manhattan.The 90s were a happier time, a time when American sweethearts headlined romantic comedies on Independence Day. One Fine Day opened in the UK on the 4th of July 1997. I binged on it all summer, seeing it multiple times.Addicted to Love entered my world the following month. This eagerly awaited Meg movie marking just the latest stage in a tug-of-war between Ryan and Michelle Pfeiffer, one where they were using my heart strings in lieu of a rope.Now I freely admit when people used to ask me the age old question, “who’s your favourite actress” I usually said Michelle, but after Addicted to Love, I was torn. Sure, Pfeiffer’s Melanie was mind-bogglingly beautiful, Yes Ryan’s Maggie was crazy and scatterbrained, but life with her would never be predictable.Maggie or Melanie was a nice choice to pretend to have. Gazing at them as they walked through streets where I’d never been, it was easy to dream of these characters turning a corner and bumping into each other, since they shared the same 90’s New York ethos; the vernacular, the attitudes, the hair, everything.This all fits in with my theory that every film is just part of one big movie, moments from each of them swirling around in my mind until I struggle to tell any of them apart. This may sound a little absurd, but it’s not as barmy as the fact that I just wrote yet another piece on Addicted to Love and One Fine Day.



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9 responses to “Maggie’s Hotter than Frozen Hot Chocolate, on a Friday in the Fall

  1. Paul S,

    Addicted to Love for its sheer Quirkiness!


  2. RB

    You’ve got to plan a trip to NYC. It will meet all expectations!

  3. Great post 🙂 When it comes to your blog entries on who is better Pfeiffer or Ryan, I keep thinking of that line in Barry Levinson’s Diner when Eddie Simmons (Steve Gutenberg) asks Robert “Boogie” Sheftell (Mickey Rourke) which singer he prefers “Sinatra or Mathis.” 🙂

    As for you seeing One Fine Day multiple times in the theater, I have done the same in the past. I saw Mad Max: Fury Road four times in the theater when it came out in 2015 and last year in 2017, I saw Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver the same number of times 🙂

    I love all of your blog entries here 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

    • Oh that scene in Diner is a classic. It would have been fun to see a “Pfeiffer or Ryan?” debate in Roberts Altman’s film The Player. Both Meg and Michelle are actually mentioned in the film, although not in the same breath. Mind you in the early 1990s they were Hollywood’s hottest blondes so it isn’t all that surprising.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, it’s always a pleasure and an education.

  4. Ha ha, I love the last line of this piece! Write what makes you happy, I say. Another pfabulous post, Paul. We certainly did love our American Sweethearts in the ’90s, didn’t we? I really need to get off my derriere and watch Addicted to Love again. It’s been so long, I really need a refresher.

    • Thanks for dropping by Michael, you always brighten the darkest day. Even though I’ve posted obsessively about it for the last 2 or 3 years I’m not sure I’d recommend Addicted to Love. The only explanation I can offer for this strange obsession is a deep seated yearning for a happier time in my life. A time when I still held onto the hope that one day I’d have a girlfriend who looked like Meg Ryan’s Maggie.

  5. Suzanne Ferrera

    I love it. I have been so busy I haven’t even been able to keep up reading your posts. Good for you!! Keep writing, they are always fun to read. And somewhere back there in some comments I never answered you about meeting Michelle. I would just say this, what Michelle and I experienced was seriously shy of meeting. lol I spoke to her assistant, handed her assistant Michelle’s boarding pass as Michelle sat quietly in a corner in shades trying not to be noticed. When I entered the plane to speak with the captain with the final paperwork, I saw Michelle in the first row next to the window. Our eyes met for one brief moment as she looked up from her book, and I was doing my part to be respectful of her privacy, so that was our encounter. I looked away quickly so as not to make her uncomfortable. But I will say this, it only took one moment to notice what beautiful skin she has.

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