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Film / Imagine Me & You

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Imagine Me & You is a 2005 British Romantic Comedy about a newlywed who finds herself falling in love with someone else - the lonely woman who arranged the wedding flowers. As she's walking down the aisle to her husband-to-be.

The film stars Piper Perabo as Rachel, Lena Headey as Luce, Matthew Goode as Heck, and Anthony Head as Rachel's father Ned.

This film provides examples of:

  • Almost Kiss: Interrupted by a passing car.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: YOU'RE A WANKER, NUMBER NIIIIIIIIINEEEE!! Wanker being a fairly strong cussword in the UK, and it comes back in the end as an Anguished Declaration of Love.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Heck may have done this at the very end when he looks at the camera and smiles.
  • The Casanova: Cooper.
  • Chekhov's Skill: When Luce teaches Rachel how to project your voice, and later Rachel uses this to find Luce. It's really quite romantic. It's a shame if you've read this and not seen the movie yet.
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  • Closet Key: Luce is this to Rachel.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Ned. The guy who decides a cactus is the perfect plant to give to his beloved.
  • Comforting Comforter: Rachel tosses a blanket on Heck while he's pretending to be asleep on the couch.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The sheer amount of times that Rachel, Luce and Heck accidentally bump into each other.
  • Converse with the Unconscious: Well more accurately speaking with the plastered.
  • Covers Always Lie: The wedding dress Rachel is wearing on the cover is not the same as the one she wears in the movie.
  • Daydream Surprise: Rachel, in H's classroom with Luce.
  • Disposable Fiancé: Averted with Heck.
  • Dude, She's a Lesbian: Gloriously done.
    Cooper: Did you see that flower girl out there? Later we are going to fall madly in bed.
    Heck: So it is going well for you then?
    Cooper: Very well.
    Heck: She is a lesbian.
    Cooper: Is that right? Cool.
    Heck: Doesn't that slightly thwart your plan for seduction?
    Cooper: Anyone can change teams... Not anyone, cause I would never, you know...hmm... (starts gulping down his drink)
  • Foreshadowing: Used quite a lot, and very well at that.
    • A woman comes into the flower show and breaks down crying because she is pregnant and her boyfriend doesn't know. Later, during the end credits we see Cooper walking around with a baby.
    • Heck mentions early in the film that he wants to write a book about partying around the world. Later Heck does just that.
    • Luce puts the missing ring on Rachel's finger.
  • Flower Motifs: Pretty much inevitable, in a Rom Com starring a florist, but most important is Rachel's favorite, the lily, which Luce translates as "I dare you to love me". Also consider the origin of the term "Yuri" in the context of the film.
  • Flowers of Romance: Heck (aka Hector) goes to pick up flowers for his bride Rachel, as a way of apologizing for not being present all the time for her. All this happened just after Rachel and Luce kissed in the flower shop.
  • Girls' Love
  • Hands-On Approach: When Luce teaches Rachel how to project her voice.
  • Happy Ending: Quite possibly the happiest-ending film of all time. Everyone - everyone - gets a happy ending, even Heck despite his wife leaving him.
  • Henpecked Husband: Ned.
    Beth: So, Ned. How long have you guys been married, then?
    Ned: Thirty Years.
    Beth: (tenderly) Oh.
    Ned: If I'd killed her when I first thought about it, I'd be out by now. A free man.
  • I Love the Smell of X in the Morning:
    Ned: I love the smell of hot dogs in the evening. Smells like... hot dogs.
  • Indulgent Fantasy Segue: During H's science act, Rachel happens to barely touch Luce's hand, then she brushes Luce's hair off her face, and then they spend several moments deeply gazing into each other's eyes with very tender music playing, leaning closer, and closer, and... the lights come on with a loud snap, Luce's still watching the act and no touching has taken place.
  • I Want Grandkids: One of the reasons why Tessa tries to talk Rachel out of the whole "being gay"-thing.
    Tessa: And what about my grandchildren? Who will provide me with them?
    Ned: Well, kids these days have many amazing new methods at their disposal.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Explored rather deeply as a central theme of the film.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Luce, Rachel (eventually).
  • Lost Wedding Ring
  • Love at First Sight: Essentially the premise behind the romance in the whole movie.
  • Love Triangle
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Rachel impulsively decides she and Heck should go into the woods on the side of the highway to have sex. A couple gay guys had the same idea however, so the plan is scuppered.
  • No Bisexuals: It is implied that Rachel was never truly attracted to Heck.
    You are my best friend. That was enough before, and it will be enough again.
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That
    Heck: (Trying to set her up with his best friend) Anyway, are you married? Been married? Ever going to be married...
    Luce: Umm... no, no, and maybe now when the law has changed.
    Heck: How do you mean?
    Luce: I'm gay.
    Heck: (laughs at her joke; realizes she is not joking)...Hmm...lovely. Well done!
    (Cue Luce's confused WTF-face, and Heck quickly excusing himself)
  • Orbital Kiss
  • Race for Your Love
  • Second Love
  • Shout-Out: Some of the questions asked by H are the titles of books from the Imponderables series: When Do Fish Sleep? and Do Penguins Have Knees?
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: More of a one sided variation of this by Rachel. She basically kisses Luce to shut herself up.
  • Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object:
    H: What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?
    Luce: It never happens. If there's a thing that can't be stopped, it's not possible for there to be something else which can't be moved, and vice versa. They can't both exist. You see? It's a trick question, is the answer.
    • And later, when Heck has decided to leave Rachel because he knows that she's in love with Luce:
    Heck: I want you to be happy. More than anything else, I wanted to be the cause of happiness in you. But if I'm not, then I can't stand in the way. Do you see? Because what you're feeling now, Rachel, is the unstoppable force... which means that I've got to move.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: H.


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