“Glee” star Lea Michele and Ashton Kutcher’s infamous lip lock at the end of their big-screen ensemble hit, “New Year’s Eve” made “Eonline’s” list of “Top 10 New Year’s Eve On-Screen Kisses” that was published on Dec. 29.
Michele and Kutcher’s characters, Elise and Randy, are apartment neighbors who are trapped in an elevator together for several hours on New Year’s Eve. Over the course of their time together, a mutual attraction sparks. Their smooch at the end of the film ranked as number ten on the list.
The 2011 Garry Marshall film marked Michele’s big screen debut and she and her leading man, Ashton Kutcher had undeniable on-screen chemistry. So much so, in fact, rumors surfaced that the co-stars became more than friends during the film’s premiere. However, nothing beyond friendship was ever confirmed for the pretty pair.
Michele is currently happily involved with her “Glee” on-screen co-star, Cory Monteith, though their characters, Rachel and Finn, are currently split.
Other notable on-screen kisses that made the cut include Colin Firth and Renee Zellweger as the dashing Mark Darcy and bumbling Bridget Jones in “Bridget Jones’s Diary” as number seven, “Sex and the City’s” Stanford (Willie Garson) and Anthony (Mario Cantone) as number five, Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) on “Friends” as number two.
The sentimental favorite and obvious choice for number one is, of course, Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) in Nora Ephron’s iconic ode to love, “When Harry Met Sally.”
All of these big and small screen kisses took place on New Year’s Eve, as an artistic depiction of an age-old tradition to kiss someone close to you when the clock strikes midnight as a symbol of ringing in a brand new year.
There are countless other unforgettable big and small screen kisses that take place on any given number of the 364 days that precede New Year’s Eve.
The Examiner pick for Best On-Screen Kiss of All Time is a non-New Year’s Eve kiss shared by Lea Michele’s “Glee” co-stars, Chris Colfer and Darren Criss as Kurt and Blaine’s first kiss in “Glee,” season 2, episode sixteen, “Original Song.”
Klaine’s first kiss became vastly significant for legions of devoted Gleeks in the LGBT community who praised Ryan Murphy for his courage in representing a gay teen couple so respectfully on primetime network television.
Critics’ reception for the kiss was generally good. “Time” magazine’s reviewer, James Poniewozik wrote, “As for the at-long-last kiss, it’s to Glee’s credit that it made me think, “Finally, Blaine and Kurt are locking lips already!” before it made me think, “Look, an honest-to-God gay kiss, between two men, on my primetime TV show!”
Kevin Fallon wrote in “The Atlantic”: “High school glee-clubbers Kurt and Blaine had their momentous first kiss on Glee last night, and the collective response from fans was a “finally” reminiscent of Ross and Rachel’s first romantic moment on Friends. That the sweet scene between two teenage boys aired without a din of controversy surrounding it speaks volumes about how far we’ve come since network TV’s first same-sex kiss twenty years ago on L.A. Law.”
The moment, overall, was sweet and romantic and in no way saccharine and sugary or overdone, with all credit going to Darren Criss and Chris Colfer in its delivery. Blaine had a very sincere and believable epiphany about his feelings for Kurt and the kiss followed as a very natural expression of those feelings.
Part of what also made this kiss so special is that we’d been waiting for it, hoping for it, and expecting it for so long. So, when it finally happened, we were happy for these boys and breathing a “finally” sigh of relief…
From that moment on, Klaine, as a couple, has garnered a legion of fans in the straight and gay communities. However, well into “Glee” season four, the beloved couple has split, but have resolved to remain friends.
“Glee” returns to WSMH FOX66 in Flint on Jan. 9, 2013 at 9 p.m. EST.