Interracial marriages are increasing significantly in the United States, with the percentage of unions between persons of various races rising from 4% in 1960 to over 8% now. And the number would almost certainly be even higher if we took into account the happy couples who are already together but haven’t tied the knot. Ethnically diverse couples are becoming more and more prevalent on the street. Aside from my parents, there are several couples like my boyfriend and I who have been together for more than 30 years, when racial slurs and sexist jokes were commonplace for interracial couples. That’s not to claim our society is discrimination-free, but there’s less of a stigma associated with mixed-race marriages now.
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Interracial couples aren’t as common in movies or on television as they once were (remember the Cheerios commercial that stirred controversy? ), as much as I’d like to believe. We need to make up for lost time! I get a little delighted when I finally see a couple from different ethnic backgrounds in the media. Because I’m a romantic at heart, I believe real love transcends all social and cultural boundaries.
We can’t get enough of Will Smith and Eva Mendes in this delightful romcom about a guy whose vocation is to help men find companionship through a perfect formula, but he discovers that there’s more to love than a set of rules. In the end, he gives up his pride and they live happily ever after after a Benadryl scare.
2. Save The Last Dance
This film is beloved by many. After the death of Julia Stiles’ mother, she switches schools and immediately falls in love with Sean Patrick Thomas. When race tensions come into play, their relationship isn’t exactly easy, but they persevere and she is accepted into Juilliard’s dance program.
3. Fools Rush In
It’s typical for the male protagonists in romantic comedies to be New York-based architects like Matthew Perry. When he meets free-spirited photographer Salma Hayek in Las Vegas for one night alone, it leads to an unexpected pregnancy. Despite their best efforts, they are forced to divorce the day after their daughter is born due to family conflict. There will be a happy ending.
4. The Bodyguard
In spite of the fact that this picture was nominated for the Worst Movie of 1992, the intense love between Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner never fails to inspire a strong emotional response. To be very honest, I had assumed they were still together following his self-sacrificing act of self-defense for her.
Will Smith is back, this time alongside The Wolf Of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie. They’re both con artists who get sucked into each other’s schemes and end up in a world of hurt. Only after he is shot in the chest and survives does he beg for her life and they both make it out of the scuffle alive.
6. Guess Who
For the first time, Ashton Kutcher’s new girlfriend Zoe Saldana brings her new boyfriend home to Bernie Mac’s amusing father. That cringe-and-laugh moment when Mac mistook the black cab driver for his daughter’s suitor was just too funny. After realizing how much they actually care for each other, he decides to offer his blessing.
7. Love Actually
My favorite duo in this film, despite the fact that they didn’t speak the same language, was English Colin Firth and Portuguese Lucia Moniz. But don’t forget about Kiera Knightley and Chiwotel Ejiofor, whose marriage was so strong that she was able to decline the finest gesture known to women.
8. The Wedding Planner
Matthew McConaughey, the star-studded guest list at her upcoming mega-wedding, finds something endearing in Jennifer Lopez’s sometimes neurotic antics. A few M&M jokes (“I only eat the brown ones”) and some flirting later, just seconds before the wedding, he proposes to Lopez in a crowded park, and she falls head over heels for him.
9. I Love You, Man
When Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones’ fiancé, goes looking for some groomsmen, he inadvertently sex with another guy and returns home smelling like an old cigarette. (However, she handles it effectively.) Despite nearly ruining the engagement reception, Jason Segel is named best man despite his antics. The “I’m slappin’ the bass!” incident is also worth mentioning.
10. Away We Go
Pregnant with their first kid six months later, Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski go to visit family members who have children to discover that they all appear to be miserable and a little insane. They embark on a quest to locate a place where they may raise their child in peace, and the film that results is heartwarming, hilarious, and sad.