The Best Uses of Lionel Richie’s “Hello” in Movies

Recently Lionel Richie has called his 1983 hit ballad “Hello” one of the best of his songs to use to pick up a girl. The romantic song about unrequited love where a man wants desperately to approach a woman who he is in love with but doesn’t know how is like classic poem. What woman wouldn’t swoon if a man approached her saying:

“I can see it in your eyes. I can see it in your smile. You’re all I’ve ever wanted, and my arms are open wide. ‘Cause you know just what to say. And you know just what to do. And I want to tell you so much, I love you”

The song has been used in movies to express feelings of love. The song has been featured in romantic films, comedies, and in several animated films. Here are some of the best uses of Lionel Richie’s “Hello” in movies.

The 40 Year Old Virgin

Fans of the 2005 comedy film “The 40 Year Old Virgin” may not have even been born when Lionel Richie’s “Hello” was released in 1983. However, no one can forget the scene when Andy (Steve Carrell) gets ready to watch a videotape from his friend David (Paul Rudd) and his “box of porn”. Andy’s friends are encouraging him to get a girl. Andy, however, is in love with Trish (Catherine Keener). As he prepares for bed to watch the pornography, “Hello” plays. Andy is clearly more interested in his love for Trish than just having a good time

Shrek Forever After

When Shrek and his gang are attacked by a dragon in “Shrek Forever After”, Donkey is called upon to use his charm. What better song to play during this animated wooing scene than the romantic ballad “Hello”? It doesn’t quite work with the dragon, but Donkey falls for it. Ultimately, the dragon falls for Donkey’s charms.

Scary Movie 4

The “Scary Movie” franchise is a satirical slapstick take on popular films and horror movies. In the fourth installment of the franchise, Kevin Hart and DeRay Davis reenact the scene from “Brokeback Mountain” when Ennis and Jack succumb to their feelings. In a hilarious spoof of the film, Hart serenades Davis’ character with Lionel Richie’s “Hello”. How could he resist?

Herbie Fully Loaded

A movie about a Volkswagen car with feelings would be remiss not to include a romance for the beloved racecar. In “Herbie Fully Loaded”, Herbie falls for a cute little car. As he sets his headlights on her, “Hello” plays. What else could we expect from the lovable romantic Herbie?

Happy Feet

When animated penguins Norma Jean and Memphis meet, they instantly fall in love. Penguins mate for life with the male taking on half of the parenting duties. The love affair of Norma Jean and Memphis is a match made in Heaven. Upon meeting, Norma Jean and Memphis sing a montage of love songs including Lionel Richie’s “Hello”.


What is it about animated movies and the song “Hello”? The 2016 animated film features the song sung by Zooey Deschanel. Even animated monsters have a romantic side.

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