Sleepless in Seattle
Plot: After the death of his wife, Sam moves with his son, Jonah, to Seattle. Sam is lonely, so Jonah calls in to a talk radio program to find his dad a new wife. Not too happy about this, Sam nevertheless agrees to talk about his feelings. Reporter Annie is listening to the program and falls for Sam despite having never met him. Oh — and she is engaged. Regardless, Annie writes Sam a letter asking him to meet her at the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day.
—George Denny (District 18 Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes)
—Marilyn Mandziuk (District 16 City of Toronto)
When Harry Met Sally
Plot: While on a business trip in Los Angeles, Edward, a ruthless mergers-and-acquisitions vulture, picks up Vivian, a prostitute, and asks her to stay with him for the weekend and pose as his girlfriend. Edward discovers that Vivian has a lot to teach him — and his life will never be the same.
—Suzanne Poudrette-Gagnon (District 45 EstaRiO)
Plot: Iris, who lives in London, and Amanda, who lives in Los Angeles, are both plagued by rotten relationships and cheating boyfriends. They decide to swap houses for a much-needed holiday — and find true love into the bargain.
—Anne MacInnis (District 19 Hastings and Prince Edward)
—Lorraine Knowles (District 36 Peterborough)
The American President
Plot: The widowed U.S. president is up for re-election and, thanks to overwhelming support, expects a sweeping victory. He meets an environmental lobbyist and falls in love — but his supporters aren’t happy about the relationship, and his ratings plummet. He needs to choose: his political career or his chance at love again.
— Virginia Bregg (District 34 York Region)
Some Like It Hot
Plot: Two musicians witness a mob murder and are forced to leave town. They disguise themselves as women and join an all-female jazz band on their way to Florida. Things heat up, and the mob closes in.
—Joan Trotman (District 13 Hamilton-Wentworth, Haldimand)
Plot: In the month before Christmas in London, nine loosely connected stories explore the vagaries of love; among them, the newly elected prime minister falls for a junior staffer, a graphic designer is devoted to caring for her mentally challenged brother and a married man is tempted by his new executive assistant.
—Carole Costello (District 16 City of Toronto)
Welcome to Mooseport
Plot: A former U.S. president, shell-shocked after a nasty divorce, retires to his bucolic holiday home in a sleepy Maine town and agrees to run for mayor. But this is not your usual political battle, and Handy Harrison, his rival for the town’s top spot, is not your usual opponent.
—Elise Burns (District 15 Halton)
Plot: Anna wants to get married, but her boyfriend is dragging his heels. She decides to take advantage of the Celtic tradition that allows a woman to pop the question on February 29 and follows her lover to Dublin. Fate in the form of Declan steps in — and Anna finds true love after all.
—Linda Skeries (District 17 Simcoe County)
A Good Year
Plot: Max Skinner, a failed London banker, inherits his uncle’s vineyard in Provence, where he had spent happy childhood holidays. When he arrives, he meets a woman from California who claims to be his long-lost cousin — and the real vineyard owner. Uh-oh.
—Jodi Kimm (District 22 Etobicoke and York)
As Good as It Gets
Plot: Melvin Udall, a reclusive, obsessive-compulsive romance fiction writer with no social filters alienates everyone he comes into contact with, including his gay neighbour Simon. When Simon is assaulted, Melvin reluctantly takes charge of Simon’s dog — and they bond. As he opens up, Melvin begins to conduct a relationship — sort of — with Carol, the lone server who will wait on him at the local diner, the only place Melvin will eat.
—Ewa Romanski, RTOERO chief financial officer
Plot: Italian-American widow Loretta reluctantly says yes to a marriage proposal from her stable but boring and mama-fearing boyfriend, Johnny. But when she meets Johnny’s younger brother, Ronny, she knows she is falling in love, no matter how hard she tries to back away. Ronny won’t take no for an answer, and while Johnny is away saying goodbye to his mama, who is ostensibly on her deathbed, Loretta relents and discovers she is not the only one in her family with a romantic secret.
—Diane Devey (District 24 Scarborough and East York)
The Wedding Singer
Plot: Robbie, a wedding singer, is left at the altar and gives up all hope of finding true love. In fact, he decides to quit the wedding singer business — his heart just isn’t in it — and reneges on his promise to sing at his new friend Julia’s wedding. But it’s too late — he has fallen in love with Julia and now has to win her before she says “I do.”
—Kevin Power (District 38 Lambton)