First off, I want to start by saying I’m a cryer. I cry at happy movies, sad movies, funny movies, cute pictures of animals, tv ads (omg have you guys seen the Extra Gum commercial?) and basically anything and everything that has a smiley face on it. Deciding what to watch on Netflix is like deciding which character I’m ready to get overly emotionally attached to and potentially heartbroken over. I can’t be the only one that felt like she just broke up with a long-time boyfriend after finishing all the seasons of Friends, right?
Today, I watched a movie that literally made me want to crawl in a hole and listen to country music. The reason I decided to play Jackie & Ryan as my post-gym unwinding movie (is that a thing?) is purely because of the cover picture. Oh yeah, I’m also a sucker for good packaging. It seemed like the perfect cry-your-eyes-out-just-because kind of movie, and I was right.
Katherine Heigl, who is totally underrated in my opinion, plays a single mom who is going through a tough divorce and falls in love with a handsome homeless country singer along the way. Although that is probably not the most appealing description, it was a truly refreshing watch because it felt incredibly realistic for a romantic film. Ben Barnes, ex-Prince Caspian, plays opposite Heigl and turned out to be a surprisingly great musician, which gave the movie an authentic quality and made me have an even bigger crush on him. I wouldn’t normally imagine putting the two together, however, Barnes and Heigl’s chemistry was pretty endearing. My only issue was the ending, it was a little too abrupt for me - I like seeing more of the happily ever after. So over all I’d give it a 7/10.
If you’re into cowboy heartthrobs and don’t have a movie to watch yet for girls night, I would also suggest The Longest Ride. Needless to say, I cried.