Top 5 Life Lessons From The Princess Bride

Cult classic The Princess Bride, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012, still stands the test of time as a hilariously funny fractured fairytale, starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin and Billy Crystal.

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And if you’ve never seen the iconic “storybook story” about pirates and princess, giants and swordplay, do yourself a favour and check it out; it’s so hugely popular, the comedy/adventure/satire is passed down from generation-to-generation and the film’s stars are still constantly asked to recite certain iconic lines everywhere they go.

And the revered and much-loved film – based on the William Goldman novel The Princess Bride – has now given rise to a new hit book by the man-in-black himself, Cary Elwes, entitled As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, released last October.

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And, as I recently read it, it struck me that The Princess Bride really does impart humourous and important life lessons we can all learn from:

1. “Get Used To Disappointment”: This is one of my favourite witty lines from the movie and serves as a nice reality check. Life can be disappointing, but The Princess Bride also teaches us to always live in hope and believe in true love.

2. “Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while”: The Princess Bride reminds us that true love is both rare and valuable. And it’s certainly a nice idea to think it can transcend everything – even death.

3. “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something”: Great life advice again; it pays to always be careful of whose advice you buy, for some people have very false motives.

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4. “There’s not a lot of money in revenge”: Sage advice: what does bitterness achieve? No good can come from plotting revenge, certainly not riches, happiness or enlightenment – erm, unless you’re a sword-fighting champion with a vendetta in the film.

5. “Well, who says life is fair? Where is that written? Life isn’t always fair”: In the film, The Grandfather delivers this stern warning to his grandson. And, this witty one-liner from the twisted fairytale applies to everyday life too: life can be cruel, but we should never waste the pretty and/or lose sight of the good in ourselves, others and the world around us.

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January 12, 2015

Movie Review : How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, is a sweet, romantic and hilarious slice of escapism. Not a movie for the serious-minded, it?s sure to delight all those incurable romantics out there – we still do exist in this cynical world don?t we? Andie Anderson (Hudson) is an up-and-coming young columnist for Composure magazine (think Cosmo or Cleo) who?s been assigned to write an article on how to lose a guy in 10 days. Her mission is to alienate Benjamin Barry, (McConaughey) which she does by perpetrating every dating atrocity known to womankind. He?s an ad exec aspiring to move on from marketing beer and nurf balls to sports-jocks in favor of a girl?s best friend ? diamonds! And the only way he’s going to get there is to win a bet with his boss by making a girl fall in love with him before the big pitch to the client, a diamond consortium, in 10 days.This romantic comedy succeeds because it makes it easy for us to see ourselves in the roles of the leading characters. How many women have sent a potential Mr. Right running for his manly life by calling too often, too soon? Come on admit it! Haven?t you kicked yourself afterwards for just being that bit too keen, too early on? And what guy wouldn’t want to identify with McConaughey (who, in case you were wondering, obligingly takes his shirt off for his the benefit of his adoring female audience, at least twice in the movie!).

The brilliant chemistry between Hudson and McConaughey really makes this film! McConaughey oozes Southern charm, and Hudson is adorable as the struggling journo working for the ?world?s fastest growing chick?s magazine?.

While the ending is very predictable (and somewhat marred by way too much soft focus in the final scenes), it?s hilarious to watch Hudson, as Andie Anderson, do everything we swear we will never do in relationships – yet somehow always ending up doing (and will probably do again!).

SheSaid advice: Take your best girlfriend to see this movie and be prepared to laugh out loud! Cheesy but brilliant fun. This year?s best romantic comedy by far.

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