It’s no coincidence that so many romantic movies take place during a New York autumn. Say what you will about summer love; real romantics know there’s nothing like a 15-degree temperature drop and some fiery red foliage to make a casual date feel as though Nancy Meyers is directing it. The natural glow of the city bursts open in one last breath before winter, and as these rom-coms from days of yore know, it hardly costs a thing to take it all in. Love may be a four-letter word, but Woody Allen teaches us that “lurve” is five and much more fun to say.
We set out to price check some famous scenes to find out what it takes to evoke a cinematic fall romance and the smell of the “freshly sharpened bouquet of pencils” as Tom Hanks says. I’ve re-watched these films featuring love in brassy NYC in order to see which movie has the most affordable romance. Can modern-day Harrys and Sallys still meet — and fall in lurve — even in this day of the $12 bagel and lox? (more…)