If you’re excited about the first book in Heidi R. Kling‘s High School Heartbreakers Series, then you probably already know that it’s about a girl named Hazel, who finds out that her “perfect” boyfriend is cheating on her with her “perfect” best friend. With the help of bad boy, Felix James, she starts a fake relationship to get revenge against her ex. However, in addition to the juicy revenge plot, we also love the amazing relationship that Hazel has with her mother who happens to be a movie critic, who – of course – recommends that her and Hazel watch what she calls, “Classic Sads.”
Wondering what she means by Classic Sads? Well, it’s a term that Hazel’s mom coined to refer to romantic movies that make you cry either from sadness (Ie. Titanic) or happy-joy (Ie. Love, Actually). While reading Not Okay, Cupid, we fell in love with the term, so we decided to give Entangled’s editors, production editors, and publicists a chance to share some of their fave “Classic Sads.”
Pride & Prejudice: This is the ultimate love story for me. The new one with Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet is my favorite version. Mr. Darcy is such an ass that every time I watch it, I still get all swoon-y when we start to see him soften. And when he appears in that foggy field early in the morning coming after Elizabeth?! Forgetaboutit….
Lost in Translation: Ok, I realize this isn’t a typical romance, but there’s something about this modern love story that leaves me completely happy at the end. I’ve watched it probably a dozen times, and every time “Just Like Honey” starts playing after their final scene together, I just sigh and go all mushy for a bit.
The Notebook: I save this for when I need a really good “ugly cry.” There’s no other movie like it for me.
Brokeback Mountain: I saw this movie for the first time in the theatre, and I was pulled right in to the story. The music, the gorgeous, sweeping landscapes, the heartbreaking romance, and most importantly, the shirts hidden in Jack’s (and later) Ennis’ closets. Le sigh.
Finding Neverland: This movie has it all: cute as hell kids, laugh out loud scenes, the magic of imagination, and a brilliant and heartbreaking love story between J.M. Barrie and Slyvia, but the thing that gets me every time is when Slyvia’s mother, a woman who has stood between the budding romance and friendship since the beginning, claps to save Tink’s life by showing that she believes in fairies. I mean, Peter Pan was never my favorite story growing up, but this movie just kills me.
3-Iron: If you don’t watch South Korean movies, in particular, or sub-titled movies in general, then Kim Ki-Duk’s beautiful love story wouldn’t have even been a blip on your radar, which is really unfortunate. Again, this is a movie I saw for the first time the the movie theatre, and I was blown away by it. Why? Well, imagine a movie in which the two main characters and lovers never speak a word to each other or any one else, but are nevertheless able to portray not only true love, but also the perfect knight-in-shining-armor role…without a 3-iron golf club rather than a sword and shield.
Amélie (a.k.a. Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain): From the very first frame, this movie captured my heart and never let it go. Audrey Tautou portrays the magic and innocence of Amélie perfectly, and when the photographic hunt that ends with her finding the perfect guy, how can you not swoon?
The Fault in Our Stars: Need I even explain? I never thought that I would cry in a packed theater on opening night, but my emotional preparation meant NOTHING by the end of the movie. It makes you laugh, it breaks your heart, and yet as you’re ugly crying and wiping your face with tissues, you still feel this weird sense of hope.
The Blue Umbrella and Paperman: I put these together because they are both Pixar shorts, and therefore, are only a combined 15 minutes long. These make me cry because of how sweet and beautiful they are. Nothing really sad about it, but the music and story always make me have all the feels. Bring on the tears, but not the depression.
Tuck Everlasting: I watched this movie when I was pretty young, and it made me cry like a baby. With hints of The Time Traveler’s Wife, but set in the early 1900s and with teens instead of adults, I fell in love with the dreamy Jesse and the naive Winnie. It really explored childhood, destiny, and the joys and price of eternal youth. Guaranteed to make you weep, especially at the end.
And the winner – with 3 votes from various members of the Entangled Publishing team – is:
Did we select one of your fave “Classic Sads” or did your to be watched list just get a whole lot longer? Let us know in the comments below and/or create your own blog post or video to share your faves with us by tagging @EntangledTEEN and using the hashtags #GottaMovieCrush and #ClassicSads
Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart…
Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.
Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.
With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge…or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.
WARNING! This book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can’t have.