"50 First Dates""Notting Hill""Love Actually""No Strings Attached""How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days""Crazy, Stupid, Love""Bridesmaids""The Proposal""When Harry Met Sally"
Which Underrated Romantic Comedy Should You Watch Tonight?
Why haven't more people seen this movie?!?! Drew Barrymore is rom-com perfection, and this flick about long-distance love in the 2010s is refreshingly realistic (for a rom-com). Justin Long and Barrymore have a great back-and-forth and seem like they genuinely want to make out with each other (probably because the co-stars dated IRL around the time the film was shot). This movie also has a comedic supporting cast that will blow your mind. Jim Gaffigan, Christina Applegate, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, and Rob Riggle all make appearances. Like "50 First Dates," this movie shows how much it sucks when two people who really like each other need to overcome a big hurdle before they can truly make it work. Also like "50 First Dates," "Going the Distance" takes a plot that could be incredibly depressing and somehow makes it a rip-roaring good time.
You guys, it's Chris Evans. And he plays basketball in his underwear. Do I seriously need to keep talking? Let's be real, "What's Your Number?" wasn't exactly an Oscar contender, but it was one hell of a fun time. Like "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," this rom-com centers around a magazine article and similarly insane mission. The main character (Anna Faris's Ally) looks up all the guys she's ever slept with in the hope that one of them has now turned into the perfect boyfriend. It's a little silly, but like "How to Lose a Guy", this movie isn't banking on the emotional weight of its plot. The movie banks on its two leads being extremely hot and extremely likable, and it delivers 100%.
This movie is beautiful and perfect and if you haven't seen it yet, you need to drop whatever stupid thing you're doing and go watch it. Domhnall Gleeson plays an adorably nerdy time traveler who decides to use his gift to improve his nonexistent love life. It's written and directed by Richard Curtis, the wonderful man who gave us "Love Actually." And like "Love Actually," this movie focuses on more than just romantic love between two characters. It explores love between family members and the bond between father and son. Two things: 1) You might cry. 2) Never mind, you will most definitely cry.
Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore are king and queen of the modern romantic comedy, respectively. So I simply don't understand why this movie doesn't get the respect it deserves. It's sweet, it's good, and it features an incredibly catchy song that you will be humming for the next 17 days. Like "Notting Hill," this rom-com features Hugh Grant's boyish charm and the famous person/regular person love formula. Grant is a washed-up 80s pop star who needs to write a new hit song. Barrymore is the girl who waters his plants. He writes the music; she writes the lyrics. You get where this is going, right???
"Man Up" is a really great little rom-com starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell (It has an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes!!!). The plot is simple enough. Pegg's character mistakenly assumes Bell's Nancy is his blind date, and she decides to just go with it. Hilarity ensues. Like "Bridesmaids," this movie is romantic with a capital "R" (meaning it's R-rated). But if you're down for a leading lady who's a bit of a hot mess and a few well-placed blow job jokes, this English comedy is your cup of tea. It's also nice to see Bell (who is often relegated to the role of rom-com "best friend") get a chance to shine, because she is a delight.
This movie is PEAK Ryan Reynolds, and that's really all there is to say. A lot of people cite "The Proposal" as Reynolds' best rom-com work, but I beg to differ. "Definitely, Maybe" has a much less predictable plot, and the added bonus of an adorable Abigail Breslin.
Okay so hear me out. This movie centers around a love triangle between a Catholic priest, a rabbi, and a high-powered corporate consultant. Did I lose you yet? But as insane as that plot sounds, this movie is excellent. It's less about religion and more about friendship. And it's really about what happens when two friends try to casually sleep together without letting life get in the way. Also, an adorable little baby Edward Norton stars and directs. AND it's filmed in peak late 90s Manhattan. Have I convinced you yet?
"Stuck in Love" is just an incredibly cute movie. Basically "Crazy, Stupid, Love" but a little more indie, this flick follows the romantic endeavors of a separated married couple as well as the love lives of their children. Come for the heartwarming family story, stay for Logan Lerman and Nat Wolff both being adorable in the same movie.
"Can men and women REALLY be friends?" This is the question at the foundation of "When Harry Met Sally" and about a billion other rom-coms, but "What If" does it well. It's quirky, it's funny, and I think it makes me want to see Daniel Radcliffe as the lead in more romantic comedies? Further proof that this film is "When Harry Met Sally"'s most worthy successor? In "When Harry Met Sally" the comedic "best friend" role was played by Carrie Fisher (AKA Princess Leia). The funny BFF in "What If"? None other than Kylo Ren himself, Adam Driver. Coincidence? I think not.