Do you wanna be a big loser, or do you wanna be rich and awesome like that guy from Maroon 5?
Okay. That’s what I thought.
Well with that my mission was clear. I started my obligatory research on IMDB and soon realized that I have only seen two theatrically released films of that met my requirement of having an awesomely placed Maroon 5 song. The first movie was Love Actually (2003) in which a version of “The Sweetest Goodbye.” I love this movie and I LOVE this song.
The second film, I was not so fond of – the 2005 Debra Messing vehicle The Wedding Date was a bit of a mess. The movie itself was a bit of a hodge-podge; the people behind the making of the picture thought it would be a great idea to take elements from a variety of wedding-themed movies from the past 10 years or so and put them in here (they even “borrowed” a star, Dermott Mulroney). That is the bad news. The one element that I enjoyed in the film was the use of the song “Secret.” It came at a very critical “interlude” between the primary characters. This was the one thing right about the picture in my opinion.
So there I was – this exercise was a pretty short one. But it really got me thinking … about other music that I love that has been featured in movies that I actually loved too? Since I was still in Maroon 5-mode I decided to look at some of their musical influences. Stevie Wonder immediately came to mind. In choosing Stevie I knew I had landed the motherlode of good movies and great music.In fact on my IMDB research I noticed that I had over 200 film and TV credits to choose from; I obviously stuck with the film selections.
So in order of the film’s release, here are some of my favorite Stevie music/movie combinations:
- 1988 Die Hard – “Skeleton”
- 1995 Dead Presidents – “I Was Made to Love Her”
- 1998 You’ve Got Mail – “Signed, Sealed Delivered I’m Yours”
- 1999 The Best Man – “As”
- 2000 Center Stage – “Higher Ground”
- 2000 High Fidelity – “I Believe When I Fall in Love It Will be Forever” – in this film, the closing credits use the songs but it is a great way to end a really enjoyable movie. What makes it even sweeter is that Stevie Wonder is mentioned in the film.
I may have missed a few but these are ones that stand out in my mind.
Overall this exercise was a lot of fun and I am thinking about broadening this out to other artists. In fact, I have already started to takes notes on another Motown legend, Marvin Gaye.