There are some movies I watch purely for the experience of the location. 

Because of certain movies, I have a desire to visit New York City. Granted, I am a farm girl and avid Chicago fan. I was one of the few people who wanted to see the Olympics come here. 

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, You've Got Mail. Picture from


 But every time I see You’ve Got Mail I am entranced by a part of the city I have never really seen. Oh, sure I enjoy the story in which big box bookstore owner Tom Hanks puts independent bookstore owner Meg Ryan out of business without knowing she is the computer friend with whom he has fallen in love. 

 I hate the ending but enjoy the movie during every other moment.  

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Another Meg Ryan flick I like that gives me a taste of NYC is Kate and Leopold. Here Ryan is a marketing guru who falls for Hugh Jackman, a time traveling English aristocrat. We get to see an old NYC mansion, Brooklyn Bridge up close and personal, various parts of Manhattan and Central Park. 

 As much as I like the story, Ryan’s character can be a bit prickly. But there are reasons and she explains them well. Plus, Hugh Jackman is sooo dishy. 

My last pick that makes me want to travel to the Big Apple is One Fine Day starring Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney. Granted these two are 

Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney, One Fine Day. Picture from


perhaps the most beautiful people in the world – still. But this movie takes place about ten years ago as two single parents try to deal with a day that has been derailed. That these lonely and scared singles think about trying again gives hope to the rest of us and brought a tangible element to some of the silliness. 

Plus these two families go all over the city, showing us how great the largest city in the United States really is. 

Other places I have put on my list is Montreal in the Quebec province of Canada. Why? Because it looked so cool in The Score with Robert DeNiro, Marlon Brando and Edward Norton. This heist movie focuses on a scepter in a custom-house. Norton is the young criminal who thinks he is smarter than the old guys and will learn a lesson or two along the way. 

The incredibly glorious Diane Lane in Under The Tuscan Sun. Picture from

 Lastly, I have always wanted to go to Italy. Thanks to movies such as Under The Tuscan Sun starring Diane Lane and Sandra Oh, and Enchanted April with Miranda Richardson, there is a part of me that wants to wander the countryside of Italy. Will I find a villa, true love or a romantic kiss like the one that occurs in A Room With A View? Maybe, maybe not but I would not mind packing my bags to take a flight over and find out. 

What movies inspire you to pack your bags?


 Until next week, see you in the rental aisle. 

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