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Ah, the value of a preposition.  There is a world of difference between “getting the ex back” and “getting back at the ex.”  Personally, I don’t mind a good revenge story (First Wives Club, anyone?), but I like stories where a couple gets back together.

The Parent Trap (1998 film)

The Parent Trap (1998 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Parent Trap with Lindsay Lohan was a fun movie, and I particularly enjoyed Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid as her parents.  Their confused, befuddled and rekindled romance was charming.   Shakespeare liked reunited lovers, too, and Much Ado has references to the prior attraction having grown sour. 

What a Girl Wants, was a genuinely silly movie, but again, I found the adults’ romance charming.  Colin Firth was particularly endearing.

Philadelphia Story

Philadelphia Story (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My favorite reunited husband and wife film is The PHILADELPHIA STORY.   It is in my top three movie list, and depending upon the day, it sometimes battles its way to the number one spot.   I adore this movie because it is funny, but it also deals with painful truths.  C.K. Dexter Haven (played by the enigmatic Cary Grant)  is a recovering alcoholic who interrupts his ex-wife’s wedding preparations.  

James Stewart and Katharine Hepburn in The Phi...

James Stewart and Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story trailer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thematically, we know what should happen, but then a brilliant young writer (James Stewart) shows up, and it is unclear until the last moment what the ex-wife (Katharine Hepburn) will do.  

My novel Her Ex Next Door is less complicated, but there were moments in the creation of it when I thought of Cary Grant fondly.

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