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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Movie homes: I wouldn’t mind living there . . .

Last night, in “This Is 40,” I noticed yet again something common to glossy Hollywood rom-coms: The characters live in lavish surroundings completely out of sync with their means. (Though the two main characters ran a struggling record company and a struggling boutique, respectively, they lived in a lavish, beautifully furnished L.A. home with elegant gardens and fresh flowers everywhere. They did, at least, acknowledge being financially overextended.) I know — it’s all fantasy, and fantasy is what we go to the movies for. So, in the spirit of fantasy, here are the 2012 Movie Homes I’d Like To Live In:
— Bella and Edward’s exquisite little cottage in “Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” filled with books and cozy nooks and candlelight. (Vampires don’t sleep, so presumably they get a lot of reading done. And other things.)
— Either of Jennifer Westfeldt or Adam Scott’s Manhattan apartments in “Friends with Kids” — they lived in the same building, which looks prewar and has a gorgeous lobby. Hers was smaller and cozier (but still had high ceilings and vast spaces); his larger and more up-to-date.) How they afforded either — who knows?
— That sweet gingerbread-Victorian farmhouse in which Jennifer Garner lived in “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” I remember absolutely nothing about this movie except that lovely house, which seemed awfully Pottery Barn-focused for a pencil-factory worker and a museum volunteer (I think those were their jobs).
— And for the Movie House I’d Most Like To Renovate (see, we’re dealing in fantasy here): that crumbling Gothic estate in “The Woman in Black.” Yes, it’s haunted, but you can’t have everything. Not in real life, anyway.
Got an all-time favorite movie home? I’d have to think about that, but I have to say that Meg Ryan’s brownstone in “You’ve Got Mail” jumped immediately into my mind . . .
Update: A kind reader just sent me a link to the “Hooked on Houses” website, which has a thoroughly addictive “Movies/TV houses” section that includes several of the ones I mention here. An excellent place for time wasting, as I quickly learned . . .

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