Darren Jamieson

Karen Gillan, Not Another Happy Ending and her rom coms research

February 11, 2014

Darren Jamieson

Recently in an interview with MSN, Karen Gillan, the star of Not Another Happy Ending, revealed the romantic comedies that she watched to prep for her role.

‘I worked my way through all the great rom coms of our time, started off with His Girl Friday, … then The Apartment, When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall…I worked through quite a lot, just to kind of research’

Gillan plays Jane Lockhart, an attractive, funny and upbeat writer with one huge problem… she can’t write when she is happy. Therefore with his success riding on Jane’s temperament, her publisher must stave off her writer’s block, however the more he tries the more he starts to fall in love with her.

Not Another Happy Ending is out on DVD now.

Not Another Happy Ending (2013)

With her new found success as a writer, Jane Lockhart experiences a major case of writer’s block as her happiness soars. Fearing his success will soon plummet, her publisher played by Stanley Weber and his friend played by Ian de Caestecker attempts to think of ways to make her unhappy and get her writing again. However as we have seen through all the great romantic comedies, love always finds its way to intervene at the most inconvenient of times.

Not Another Happy Ending stars Karen Gillian, Stanley Weber, Ian de Caestecker and Gary Lewis. Directed by John McKay

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

A classic tale of relationships between men and women, When Harry Met Sally is often considered as the ultimate love story. It’s got everything you’d want in a love story including dramatic fights, awkward moments and of course that famous cafe scene.
Telling the tale of two young adults and their views on relationships, When Harry Met Sally shows us the misfortunes, laughs and difficulties love brings between people.

When Harry Met Sally stars Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby. Directed by Rob Reiner

The Apartment (1960)

In The Apartment we witness the troubles that arise when our professional and love lives meet. The film follows C.C. Baxter as he tries to get ahead at his firm by letting his adulterous managers use his apartment for their extramarital affairs. This soon takes a turn for the worst when the woman he has feelings for, the personnel director and his neighbour all come together to further complicate his life.

The Apartment stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. Directed by Billy Wilder

Annie Hall (1960)

A Woody Allen classic, Annie Hall depicts the love story between a neurotic New York comedian and a ditzy girl as he recounts the reasons why his relationships have failed in the past. Certainly a turning point in cinema, the award winning Annie Hall explores the implications, difficulties and questions that come when two individuals come together to coexist.

Annie Hall stars Woody Allen, Diane Keaton and Tony Roberts. Directed by Woody Allen.

His Girl Friday (1940)

His Girl Friday has more comedy than the others as it tells the tale of a newspaper editor using every trick in the book to keep his star reporter and ex-wife from remarrying and settling down with another man. As we witness the lengths that Walter will go to get Hildy back, we see the commotion and raucous this causes and riotus activities that follow.

His Girl Friday stars Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy. Directed by Howard Hawks

Darren has enjoyed an interest in film for many years, studying the subject at Newport Film School where he worked on the film ‘Cop on the Edge IX: Prelude to Justice‘ in a directing and acting capacity. The official site can be enjoyed here. Darren setup WhatDVD.Net in 2003 to further his love of films and to write passionately about the movies he enjoys, and about those that he doesn’t.

Although his day-to-day activities mean that he now has less time to review movies than he would ideally prefer, he still tries to review new releases, and DVDs from his extensive collection, whenever possible.
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