Chick flicks seeding committee gets little love

Let’s talk seeds. Not garden seeds. March Madness seeds.

Considering fellow features writer Rachel Sauer and I modeled our Chick Flick March Madness bracket after the popular NCAA Men’s Tournament bracket, it only made sense to select movies and seed them in a similar way.

Movies we thought would be most popular were given the highest seeds, and movies we considered weaker were given lower seeds. For example, we figured a lot of people would love “Sound of Music,” so we gave it a No. 1 seed. We doubted many people knew about or liked “Something New,” so we gave it a No. 16 seed, and put it up against “Sound of Music.”

As expected, “Sound of Music” won emphatically.

(When a lower-seeded team beats a higher-seeded team it’s considered an upset, or the tournament committee is incompetent for seeding a team too low.)

Turns out, Rachel and I, based on reader votes through the Elite Eight, are incompetent.

There is no video documenting our meeting to seed this bracket, so you’ll have to trust us: seeding was almost as difficult as picking the final 64 movies.

Should “Pretty Woman” be a No. 1 seed or a No. 2 seed? Where should we seed “The Princess Bride?” “The Notebook” can’t be higher than a No. 3 seed, right?

WRONG!

As we close in on our chick flick winner, Rachel and I decided to address our seeding process.

First, we overvalued “An Affair to Remember,” the 1957 classic with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, and gave “The Princess Bride” an 8-seed. Oops.

Speaking of undervalued, we would like to apologize to fans of “While You Were Sleeping,” “The American President,” “Overboard,” “Twilight” and “Moonstruck,” all double-digit seeds that received at least 30 votes in the Elite Eight. Certain people LOVE those movies way more than we thought.

We had fun with the seeding process, pairing “Shop Around the Corner” against “You’ve Got Mail” in Round 1 because “You’ve Got Mail” is based on “Shop Around the Corner.”

Lorna from Grand Junction wrote “Clever Pairing” next to the match-up before advancing “You’ve Got Mail” to the championship round. She isn’t alone. HINT, HINT.

Karalee of Grand Junction thought the Elite Eight choice between “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Hitch” was a tough call. Sorry, Karalee, the choices will only get tougher as we head into the home stretch.

It’s hard to believe we’re almost done and those movie gift cards and a gift basket from Seasons to Follow soon will be awarded. But for now, let’s reveal how you voted in the Elite Eight.

Here are the top two movies from each quarter of the bracket based on percentage of votes received from all brackets as counted on Wednesday, March 27. The two movies listed will face off to determine which one goes to the Final Four en route to the Championships.

■ (3) “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” — 39 percent, (1) “Sound of Music” — 30 percent.

(This quarter bracket had the most movies receive at least 40 votes. Still.)

■ (2) “When Harry Met Sally” — 53 percent, (1) “Dirty Dancing” — 51 percent.

(Try to decide which one advances to the Final Four. It’s that close.)

■ (2) Pretty Woman — 60 percent, (1) “Sleepless in Seattle” — 56 percent.

(These two movies were runaway favorites. It will be interesting to see what happens now. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks or Julia Roberts and Richard Gere? Discuss.)

■ (3) “The Notebook”  — 51 percent, (8) “The Princess Bride” — 29 percent.

(This quarter bracket is the biggest surprise. We seriously underestimated “The Notebook” and “The Princess Bride.”)

Now that we’ve explained more about our seeding process, read our Breakfast for Dinner blog to learn about our reasons as to why we left certain movies off our bracket entirely, specifically, all the movies you wrote in wondering about.



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