They say love is a magical thing, but literally? Hollywood has long added a little extra to some of their romantic films, having a little fantasy help a pair of lovers come together. From spells to potions to the unexplained, leave it to the movies to make falling in fall beyond reality. Today’s Here’s 5 are romance movies powered by magic.
Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) loses her job at an ad agency, and as she runs to catch a train home two realities suddenly diverge and we watch as one Helen gets on the train and the other misses it. The Helen that does finds her boyfriend in bed with another woman. The other Helen gets home after the lover leaves. Now the two Helens lead very different lives. Who will be the happier?
Love Potion No. 9 (1992)
Paul Matthews (Tate Donovan) is a quiet biochemist who gets a secret elixir from a local gypsy (Anne Bancroft) that turns out to be a very real love potion. When he and his co-worker Diane Farrow (Sandra Bullock) duplicate the formula and try in on themselves, their once lonely lives spin upside down. Will they eventually fall in love with each other? Oh, you've seen this before?
Mr. Destiny (1990)
Larry (James Belushi) is a mostly happy middle-class married man but is haunted by a baseball game he flubbed as a kid, thinking if only he'd hit a home run his life would be better. Guess what? He magically gets the chance when he visits a side-street bar and Mike the bartender (Michael Caine) changes his life. But is life better as a wealthy company boss married to his high school dream girl? You know the answer.
Prelude to a Kiss (1992)
Peter (Alec Baldwin) and Rita (Meg Ryan) are smitten the moment they meet and it's not long after when they get married, but at the wedding, an elderly man asks the bride for a kiss and wouldn't you know it, the two switch bodies. Now Peter has to prove his eternal love for a beautiful woman inside the body of a ill, older man. What would you do?
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) believes he lives in the wrong century, and when he visits Paris with his fiancée Inez (Rachel McAdams), who is not so thrilled about the City of Lights. Gil takes walks late at night and one time, ends up getting a ride in an old car and travels back almost hundred years and spends time with great playwrights and artists of the time. Read more here.