Kissing in the Rain

Why the predominance of movies featuring characters kissing in the rain (or surf, or snow)?

Any competent English teacher would tell us that rain symbolizes change; kissing in the rain, therefore, symbolizes a change in the relationship between the characters.

A psychologist would probably tell us that being wet symbolizes vulnerability - a state in which we allow our normal inhibitions to lapse.

Cinematographers would probably tell us that this has to do with good film-making - precipitation is inherently dynamic and dramatic.

Obviously, there IS a reason ... how else to explain the number of enormously romantic movie kisses that occur in the damp? The following is not a comprehensive list, but does include some of my all-time favorites.

George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys

Rachel MacAdams and Ryan Gosling in The Notebook

Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman in Australia

Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in Spiderman

Hugh Grant and Andie McDowell in 4 Weddings and a Funeral

Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly in Pirates of the Caribbean
Channing Tatem and Amanda Satfried in Dear Joh

Colin Firth and Renee Zelwegger in Bridget Jones's Diary

Bill Murray and Andie McDowell in Groundhog Day

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity

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