When it comes to romance in movies, there is no more powerful scene than a first kiss between characters. The best "first kiss" moments in a movie always come after we've moved in with these characters and gotten to know them better -- after they've flirted, chased, manipulated or hated on one another. The point is that when they first kiss, we feel it everywhere. In our hearts, our souls, and the pits of our stomachs. Even if 99% of the time we know that kiss is coming, it's almost always a moment we're never prepared to deal with emotionally, which is why you still cry during your 57th viewing of The Notebook.
In The Spectacular Now, which hits wide release this weekend, Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller have one of those "first kiss" moments that's bound to wind up in the First Kiss Hall of Fame one day. Check it out...
Here's a personal statement from director James Ponsoldt regarding this specific scene:
"This is one of my favorite scenes in the entire movie. I always knew I wanted to film in it one long, continuous, unedited take, walking and talking with Aimee and Sutter, feeling like we -- the audience -- are part of a natural conversation that ebbs and flows from goofy and awkward to serious to emotional to flirtatious and nervous to...a first kiss. I wanted the scene to feel as natural as life. Of course, it meant that the burden was on Shailene and Miles to nail the scene (in a long take, everything has to come together perfectly -- or else the shot is useless) -- and our camera operator had to back-pedal for 5 minutes on a muddy, slippery path.
What Shailene and Miles ultimately did in this scene is so casual and unguarded and spontaneous that some people think the scene was improvised. It wasn't. Shailene and Miles are just that great as actors -- so present, so connected to their roles, and so willing to embrace whatever happens in the moment (bumping into a tree branch or swatting a pesky mosquito, hearing rumbling storm clouds, etc.).
To put it simply, here's why this scene is one of my favorites: it actually feels like two people falling for each other. I've seen this scene over a thousand times and I still get chills when Miles and Shailene kiss. I'm so, so inspired by their beautiful work." - director James Ponsoldt
Along with The Spectacular Now, here are some of our other favorite iconic "first kiss" movie moments, as presented in GIF form.
What's your favorite "first kiss" movie moment?
The Spectacular Now
The Princess Bride
You've Got Mail
Can't Buy Me Love
Lady & The Tramp
Never Been Kissed
When Harry Met Sally
Good Will Hunting
10 Things I Hate About You
500 Days of Summer
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