Rainy-Day Movies, Part 4 – Spider-Man

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In 2002, director Sam Raimi made box office history with Spider-Man, the first film to gross $100 million in its opening weekend alone. Many people attribute part of the film’s success to “that kiss.”
Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures / Sony Corporation


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You know exactly the kiss I’m talking about. It’s the one where Spider-Man was hanging upside down, and both he and Mary Jane were caught in the rain.

It was nominated for just about every “Best Kiss” award on the planet in 2002, and no doubt won most – if not all – of them. But although the kiss is enough to put Spider-Man on our list of the best rainy-day movies, you might be surprised to find that it was not pleasant to film.

Tobey Maguire (who played Spider-Man) has gone on record with the Deseret News as saying that his sinuses kept filling up with water as a result of the driving rain. “There was rain pouring up or down my nose. I couldn’t breathe and I was gasping for breath out of the corner of Kirsten’s mouth. Poor girl. I was giving her mouth to mouth rather than kissing her. But in the midst of that, I was sneaking some pleasure out of it.”

Yeah, Tobey. We just bet you were.

Anyway, whatever the complications were, they apparently led to a number of continuity problems. MovieMistakes.com has listed at least three that you might want to watch for in this scene. They are:

Continuity Mistake No. 1: During the kiss scene the camera changes view back and forth. From one angle it’s raining, in other it is not, then at the end it’s pouring as if in a storm. They had to do that scene at least 3 times.

Continuity Mistake No. 2: In the scene where Spider-Man has saved MJ from the thugs, after they kiss she peels his mask back, note she is right next to his face, yet in the following shot she is much further away from his face.

Continuity Mistake No. 3: When Spider-Man finishes beating up the thugs and after Mary Jane kisses Spider-Man, when you watch the one shot from the side, Mary Jane only starts to put his mask back on. But when the angle changes, Spider-Man’s mask is properly on when Mary Jane didn’t even move her hands.

Yeah, I don’t care, either. The kiss is so good that a few mistakes just don’t matter. It’s so good, in fact, that IFC ranked it as one of the five best rain scenes of all time! You can see the entire scene and judge for yourself, just by clicking on the picture below:

Spider-Man trailerPhoto Credit: Columbia Pictures / Sony Corporation


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