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Falling-in-Love Montage

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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..."
Strong Bad falls in love, Homestar Runner

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, etc).

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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  • Between Sistah Spooky and Mindf*** in Empowered. And shortly after, how they fall apart. And BTW, Mindf*** is a girl... a blonde girl.

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    Films — Animation 
  • 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!
  • A staple of the Disney Animated Canon:
    • "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.
    • "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. The sequel has a similar montage focused on Scamp and Angel, to the song "Can This Be Love?"
    • Robin Hood: "Life is brief, but when it's gone, love goes on and on..."
    • The Little Mermaid: Before "Kiss the Girl" even hits the screen there's a love montage between Ariel and Eric touring the kingdom.
    • 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 "A Whole New World" from Aladdin.
    • The Lion King: "Caaaaaan you feel the looooove tonight?" Worth mentioning is that at one point this was going to be somewhat of a deconstruction, as the song was going to be sung sarcastically by Timon and Pumbaa, who were just disgusted at all this "mushy stuff" going on. The only bit of that which survived the final revisions is the ending of the song.
      • "Upendi" from the sequel. However, the film's primary love duet (and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" expy), "Love Will Find A Way", takes place after they've already fallen in love with each other and have been forcibly separated by Kiara's father.
    • The song "Strangers Like Me" from Tarzan is a combination montage of him falling deeper in love with Jane and learning about humanity.
    • 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.
      Duke: Such a pretty picture, but in Real Life, doomed for failure.
      The King: Failure, eh?! Take a look at that, you pompous windbag!
    • "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, thus making it a Villain Song.
  • 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.
  • The Prince of Egypt has a montage of Moses building a new life among Tzipporah's people after fleeing Egypt set to the song "Through Heaven's Eyes", which also includes him falling in love with Tzipporah and marrying her right at the end of the song. It's a particularly beautiful sequence considering that their relationship, while sweet, is not really central to the story of the film.
  • Shrek, Shrek and Fiona fall in love with the song "My Beloved Monster" as the backdrop. The song "You Belong to Me" plays later to show Shrek and Fiona have fallen in love.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Our Miss Brooks: Played for Laughs. Mr. Boynton takes Miss Brooks to the zoo, where they feed an elephant mother and her baby. Then Miss Brooks lures Mr. Boynton away from the zoo, to a sale on furniture in the Sherry's Department Store window, as a way of suggesting matrimony. Mr. Boynton again starts taking Miss Brooks to the zoo, where a camera fade shows how much the baby elephant had grown in a couple years.
    'Miss Brooks: [narrating]'' Ours was not the fastest romance in history, but it took no time to develop into one of the slowest.
  • This trope is endemic to Bollywood because it's an expedient way of developing romances between characters while (mostly) avoiding the narrative pitfalls of including them in the first place.
  • 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... Not to mention the highly suggestive carpentry.
  • Madea's 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".
  • Zoolander has an orgy that starts out like a romantic montage, and then the partners get a little... weird.
  • Very R-rated version in Deadpool, a montage of Wade and Vanessa having (kinky) sex over the course of a year set to "Calendar Girl".

    Live-Action TV 
  • The romantic comedy Adam And Steve shows a rare instance of a same-sex couple having a Falling in Love Montage.
  • Like several other montage types, this is deconstructed for horror effect in Doctor Who, "Forest of the Dead", in which we see Donna undergo a Falling-in-Love Montage only to find out that it actually happened that fast, taking place in a virtual reality world which relies on the human brain mentally filling in the extra time to avoid confronting the constant disorientation.
  • Parodied with Geraldine and Simon Horton in The Vicar of Dibley, with scenes including a romantic picnic in which she stuffs an entire chocolate bar into her mouth and, most famously, a scene of them laughing and jumping in puddles which ends when one turns out to be about a meter deep.
  • Mission: Impossible intentionally avoided montages, but did use this type in a couple of episodes. One case, in "The Short-Tail Spy," was quite creative: it used a quick series of various locations and activities, but included dialogue that ran together to form a single, coherent conversation between the two characters.
  • Parodied in the Blackadder II episode "Bells", where a Falling-in-Love Montage of Edmund and "Bob" turns into a commercial for an album of Elizabethan love songs.
    Scrolling subtitle: Greensleeves... The Rain It Raineth Every Day... Hey Nonny I Love You... My Love is a Prick (on a Tudor Rose)... Hot Sex Madrigal in the Middle of My Tights
  • Parodied and lampshaded on Wizards of Waverly Place during Alex and Mason's first date.
  • The Community episode "Origins of Vampire Mythology" has a pseudo-Falling In Love montage between Pierce and Chang after they try to become best friends. Then they get in a fight and there's a Lost Love Montage. Five minutes later.
  • Used hilariously as Tom both falls in love with Allison and teaches her how to kill vampires, all in the same montage, in Being Human.
  • Subtly parodied in How I Met Your Mother: Ted has a Falling-in-Love Montage with several of his romantic false leads that all play out completely identically, just with the love interest du jour while Ted does the exact same thing in every montage.
  • Only Fools and Horses: There's a lovely one of these during "Diamonds Are For Heather" set to "Zoom" by Fat Larry's Band.
  • The Bewitched pilot uses this as its Cold Open, tracing the romance of Samantha and Darrin from their first meeting to their honeymoon.
  • The Full House wedding episode combines clips of Jesse Katsopolis and Rebecca Donaldson's romance with a brief Photo Montage of their actors (John Stamos and Lori Laughlin, respectively) while Jesse sings The Beach Boys song "Forever" to his bride.
  • Forever: The series begins with a montage of how Oscar and June met, fell in love, got married, and fell into a rut.
  • The Partridge Family: In "They Shoot Managers, Don't They?" Reuben has one with his girlfriend Cathleen, set to "She'd Rather Have the Rain," in which he pushes her on a swingset, makes a few attempts at a Meadow Run, and eventually proposes by a fountain.

    Video Games 
  • In Yakuza 2, Kaoru and Kiryu have one of these saving her from some thugs.
  • In Final Fantasy X, Tidus and Yuna get one shortly after the party escapes from Seymour in Bevelle.
  • In Tomodachi Life, When a mii asks to set up two of its friends on a date, and you say yes, a short montage will play where the two friends are seen doing various activities together. The montage will end with them by the fountain, where they will either become sweethearts, or simply become/remain friends.

    Web Animation 
  • 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.
  • Happy Tree Friends;
    • Nutty has three of these with a lollipop, a gumball machine, and a box of chocolate in the episode A Sucker for Love, increasing in length each time. The third one even has him imagining his "wife" Being Eaten by the Milkman, leading to Nutty taking drastic off-screen measures. He is then thrown in jail, leading to him regretting his actions, making up with his wife again, growing old with her, and sadly eating her insides when she dies. All in one montage.
    • Handy and Petunia get one of these in I Nub You. This being Happy Tree Friends, however, it ends abruptly. And gruesomely.

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    Western Animation 
  • 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.
  • Futurama:
    • This is played unusually straight 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.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Dr. Doofenshmirtz and his (unnamed) evil girlfriend share one of these in the episode "Chez Platypus" only to have it jerked away by his own "love-destroying" satellite right before the episode ends.
    Doofenshmirtz: I found my other half, yes, I got an evil love!
  • The Penguins of Madagascar:
    • Parodied 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."
    • The sequence with Julien and Rico blowing up everything in sight in the park during "Kaboom and Kabust" plays out very much like one of these.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, one happens in "Jimmy Matchmaker" between Beezy and Saffi after Jimmy hooks the two together.
  • 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. Including the infamous scene of her riding a vibrating floor buffer, laughing.
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Doctor Barber and Candy Colleague get one in "Candy Colleague".
  • In the Steven Universe episode "The Answer", Ruby and Sapphire had a montage like this while exploring Earth's nature in the Whole Episode Flashback. Their activities included stargazing, watching animals and slow dancing.
  • The Simpsons did this in the episode where Bart's class is shown a Troy McClure movie about puberty, with Troy narrating as "Fuzzy Bunny" meets new girlfriend "Fluffy Bunny" and they start dating. As he describes their activities, they're shown onscreen.
    Narration: Fluffy and Fuzzy went to the park (feeding birds in the park), the ice cream social (giggling while eating ice cream with other bunnies), the boat show (holding hands while looking at boats), and many other wholesome activities (practicing at a gun range). And they never ruined their bond by giving in to their throbbing biological urges (bowling, with a pulsing heart animated between them).


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