When did you last let your heart decide?
"Let's make this moment be the symbol of our lives
We'll pawn your dad's computer
and we'll sail to paradise
You're a girl... or maybe a wagon...
filled up with pancakes..."
Variant of the Good Times Montage
. Two characters are becoming romantically entwined. Their first date is shown normally and the audience is shown how amazingly compatible the couple is.
A montage follows, usually with no dialogue and an upbeat or romantic soundtrack, showing the couple during a series of classic dates (the picnic, the carnival, the unexpected kiss, the meaningful eye contact, The Meadow Run
The montage segues into the end of a date and the audience is shown just how in love the couple has become.
In TV shows, this is often a Time-Compression Montage
serving to show how, in this episode, the Girl of the Week
isn't just a casual fling.
See Literally Falling In Love
for a Sub-Trope
. Contrast with Lost Love Montage
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Anime and Manga
- Between Sistah Spooky and Mindf*** in Empowered. And shortly after, how they fall apart. And BTW, Mindf*** is a girl... a blonde girl.
Film - Animated
- The "This Is My Idea" musical number from The Swan Princess. It starts out with the two main characters being introduced to each other as children, both of them despising the other upon sight, and goes on to show them growing up, eventually falling in love. All the while their respective parents and kingdoms sing about how their arranged marriage is so perfect...especially as it could result in lower taxes!
- In the Disney Animated Canon:
- Beauty and the Beast, against the song of "Something There", which tends to confuse fans as to just how long Belle lives in the castle. Interestingly, the Cut Song "Human Again" originally slated for this part of the film was much more specific about the passing of winter, but was dropped in part because the filmmakers were worried the audience would start wondering what Maurice and Gaston were doing all this time. They never quite solved this problem, even when the song was reinstated in the stage musical and a reedit of the film.
- The song "Strangers Like Me" from Tarzan is a combination montage of him falling deeper in love with Jane and learning about humanity.
- "Bella Notte" from Lady and the Tramp starts as a typical onscreen song but then transforms into a romantic montage that spans the course of the evening. (Then it fades to black, and then fades back up to the titular characters waking up on the same hill. And she's pregnant later. Hmmmm.)
- The sequel has a similar montage focused on Scamp and Angel, to the song "Can This Be Love?"
- "I Bring You a Song" from Bambi. Not your typical romantic montage, as the mood is actually quite somber and it focuses a lot on the nature around the two deer falling in love.
- The Lion King: "Caaaaaan you feel the looooove tonight?"
- "Upendi" from the sequel.
- The Little Mermaid: Before "Kiss the Girl" even hits the screen there's a love montage between Ariel and Eric touring the kingdom.
- Robin Hood: "Life is brief, but when it's gone, love goes on and on...]]"
- The Princess and the Frog has a variation - while the montage is definitely one of these for Tiana and Naveen, the song itself (Ma Belle Evangeline) is about Ray's love for Evangeline.
- Invoked in Cinderella by the king who wants grandkids. He sets up the perfect romantic scene and the Duke is describing how it would be.
- The song "A Whole New World" from Aladdin.
- "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas.
- The scene where Rapunzel and Flynn first arrive at Corona in Tangled, followed by a scene reminiscent of the "Tour of the Kingdom" sequence from The Little Mermaid and the song "I See the Light".
- The "Love Is An Open Door" sequence in Frozen takes this to its most logical conclusion; Anna and Hans agreeing to an engagement are its closing lines. It turns out to be one-sided when it's revealed that Hans is the Big Bad who was using her as part of his plan to become king of Arendelle.
- The beginning of the Pixar film Up has one where Carl falls in love with and marries Ellie... and it results in severe Mood Whiplash since Carl is a widower by the time the plot starts.
- Though not specifically for this purpose, the bird-building scene of A Bug's Life clearly shows the awkward-yet-sweet progression of Flik and Atta's attraction.
- The film version of Persepolis shows Marjane and Markus pelting one another with snowballs, running through the park, smoking hash with content expressions and showing a gleeful, happy romance... before he cheats on her. Subverted soon after when she re-envisions the entire thing but with Markus as a slimy, creepy douchebag. In his defense, she does mention in the comic that she was a huge emotional load on him, as she pretty much expected him to be an ersatz for every man in her life.
Film - Live-Action
- In About Time, Tim and Mary fall in love—or, more accurately, fall deeper in love, hang out with Tim's sister, and move in together— in this montage, set mostly in a London subway station, accompanied by the song "How Long Will I Love You" (performed by Jon Boden, Sam Sweeney & Ben Coleman).
- Played for Laughs in The Naked Gun when Frank Drebin has a date with Jane Spencer. To the tune of "I'm Into Something Good," they have the typical dating montage, including a beach scene with them holding hands, running and clotheslining another couple running the other way.
- Played extremely straight in the Korean romantic comedy My Sassy Girl and its spiritual prequel Windstruck.
- Played completely straight in Crazy Beautiful. The chapter on the DVD was even called "Falling in Love"
- Parodied in Mel Brooks' Silent Movie, where the individual scenes of Mel and his girlfriend each turn absurd (they're riding a carousel together and then the carousel horse starts pooping blocks of wood; a frolic in the park turns into a race, complete with hurdles and a finish line; and so on).
- The hastily produced Vanilla Ice movie Cool as Ice has one of these over one of Ice's ballads.
- Given that it's a parody of James Bond, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery plays this fairly straight as Austin treats Vanessa Kensington to a night on the town.
- James Bond (George Lazenby) has one in On Her Majesty's Secret Service with Tracy (Diana Rigg), set to Louis Armstrong singing "We Have All the Time in the World."
- The montage in Saved! is a cross between this and the Lost Love Montage - the characters shown are all in love with people that are unavailable or estranged.
- Subverted in The Break Up, which opens with a Meet Cute, followed by one of these to You're My Best Friend, followed immediately by...well, you can figure this one out on your own.
- Seen in Walk Hard between Dewey and Darlene. As it happens, their montage includes such questionable activities as licking, sucking, slurping ice-cream cones with very ambiguous expressions...
- Madeas Family Reunion has this with Vanessa and Frankie, and an inversion with Lisa and her abusive husband Carlos showing him abusing her.
- Once Lalita and Darcy got out for dinner in Los Angeles in Bride and Prejudice they really start to click.
- Éowyn and Faramir's relationship in the Lord of the Rings films is cut down to this to save time. And it only appears in the Extended Edition!
- Parodied in Hot Shots. One scene shows Topper and Ramada laughing and smiling as they exit a movie theater. The camera then pans up to the marquee to reveal that they had just finished watching the very depressing Platoon.
- Definitely, Maybe shows shots of Will falling in love with Summer to "I've Got a Crush on You".
Live Action TV
- Spoofed by Homestar Runner in the Strong Bad Email montage, where one of the montages created is one of Strong Bad falling in love with a Wagon Fulla Pancakes.
- They do this twice in Danny Phantom with Danny and Sam's date respectfully. Averted because neither end up with their girl/boyfriend by end, the former being the Dating Catwoman variation and the latter a faker who was only a Gothic dreamboat Hungarian in an attempt to get down Sam's pants. Predictably, both Danny and Sam ended up together by end.
- This is played unusually straight in Futurama in "Bender's Big Score", to show Lars and Leela falling more and more in love. Admittedly as it is Futurama, they play space golf and go floating in real giant bubbles, but apart from that, it's straight.
- And then there was Bender and Angeline.
- There's also Bender and the Planet Express Ship, who fall in love to Bender's rendition of "Daisy Bell" in "Love and Rocket." This is a slight inversion, though, because in the scene immediately following the montage, Bender announces that he's dumping the ship.
- Mickey and Minnie share a romantic montage in Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers. *Snort* As if we didn't already know where that was going.
- A lampshade was hung on this in an episode of Chilly Beach: "Would you like to have a romantic montage with me?''
- The Batman features a Evil version for The Joker and Harley Quinn, where
they she not only falls in love, but they destroy most of Gotham in the process. Set to the Joker singing Hank Williams', "Settin' The Woods On Fire. And it is awesome.
- Dr. Doofenshmirtz and his (unnamed) evil girlfriend share one of these in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Chez Platypus" only to have it jerked away right before the episode ends.
Doofenshmirtz: I found my other half, yes, I got an evil love!
- In Happy Tree Friends, Handy and Petunia get one of these in I Nub You. This being Happy Tree Friends, however, it ends abruptly. And gruesomely.
- Parodied in The Penguins of Madagascar after Skipper and a peregrine falcon fall in love. The song is particularly funny given that Skipper's favorite pastime is covert ops and the falcon's favorite pastime is the horrific murder and consumption of smaller birds and "delicious little furry animals."
It'll be a week to remember, as long as no one's dismembered.
- In Jimmy Two-Shoes, one happens between Beezy and Saffi.
- Subverted and then ...not in Hey Arnold! where Arnold goes through a seemingly bland montage of dating Lila, not enjoying it at all, however later on when thinking back on it he remembers the fun that the previous montage didn't show the audiences, realizing he'd fallen in love with her.
Arnold: "Aw, no... this can't be happening. I think I actually... like her like her."
- In The Looney Tunes Show, Bugs and Lola have one of these in Paris after he finally gets her to stop talking. At the end...
Lola: Yeah, no, that whole thing would have been a loooot more better with talking.
- In Recess, Miss Finster has one of these with Hank, the janitor, after the main six hook them up.
- The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Doctor Barber and Candy Colleague get one in "Candy Colleague".