It’s that time of the month again when it’s socially acceptable to flood our social media profiles with spot on hugot lines, torture ourselves by stalking our exes and allow ourselves to drown in self-pity. To save you from the trouble of having to watch these movies, I’ve collected seven of the best lines from films that literally ripped my heart into pieces.
Because where else can we find the best hugot lines but from films that made our already aching hearts ache and validated us that love truly is a cruel thing. Be it a local chick flick or an Oscar Award-winning sci-fi movie, these fictional characters tell the same thing about love.
1. “We accept the love we think we deserve.” (Charlie, Perks of Being a Wallflower)
If you are a fan of the book and the movie, you remember these lines by heart. You even recite it like it’s a verse from the Bible. Charlie, our protagonist, tells this to Sam when she asks him why she always falls for the wrong person. In a relationship, there will always be that one person who gives more, because love is not fair.
2. “It’s these cards and the movies and the pop songs. They’re to blame for all the lies and the heartache, everything.” (Tom, 500 Days of Summer)
Spot on, Tom. Spot on. It’s the whole of society, actually. We were born and raised believing that our lives will not be complete without having a partner by our side. It’s these movies and pop songs that tell us to invest our lives in finding true love. Society even invented a special holiday to add to the pressure.
3. “I just feel so alone, even when I’m surrounded by other people.” (Charlotte, Lost in Translation)
Single people feel lonely. People in a bad relationship feel lonely. People stuck in a boring marriage are lonely. Why? Because we were taught to depend our happiness on others. When we lose someone, we feel this gaping hole in our chest, an encumbering sense of loneliness. Twisted, I tell you.
4. “By morning, you’ll be gone.” (Joel, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
This movie is number one on my Top Heartbreaking Movies to Watch on Valentine’s Day list. It perfectly captures the illusory nature of memory. What better way to end the pain and grief of losing the one you love than to have him permanently erased from your memory, right? Unfortunately, in real life, forgetting is not that easy, especially when we stubbornly hold on to those precious memories.
5. “I think anybody who falls in love is a freak. It’s a crazy thing to do. It’s kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity.” (Amy, Her)
Even in an alternate universe where artificial intelligence has been perfected to satisfy all our needs and desires, love is still considered as an absurd concept. Love can even cause a software pain. Need I say more?
6. “Sana gano’n kadaling makalimot, pero ang hirap pala, lalo na ‘pag siya ‘yong pangarap mo.” (Trixie,The Breakup Playlist)
This is a tough one. It’s the most painful feeling when that person you’ve just lost is the one you’ve been pining for. It truly is difficult to get your life back when you have built it around him, when he was literally your “life”. I’ll give this one to you. I give you permission to curl up in a ball and cry.
7. “One must not live one’s life through men but must be complete on oneself as a woman of substance.” (Helen, Bridget Jones Diary)
But of course, February is also an opportunity for us to congratulate ourselves for getting it through the whole year without a special someone. This line tells us that the world does not and should not revolve around some guy. Now, go pat your back and be that strong icon of womanhood that you are.
These lines are more than just hugot lines. They are there to remind us that we are not alone in our troubles and woes, that pain and loss are healthy signs that we are human. These lines teach us that love always comes with pain, which makes it all the more beautiful and wretched at the same time. But, love cannot exist without pain. People come and go; what matters is that you put the pieces back together and give room for the next person that comes along. That is courage right there.