My Top 15 List of Rom Coms
Moviegoers “likes” and “dislikes” are very diverse and the romantic comedy genre tends to run the gamut of silly to sublime – as well as everything in between. I like the way “Rom Coms” let us suspend reality for a while and enjoy silly predicaments and quirky characters. Never (well ok, hardly ever) in real life would you meet characters as crazy or see situations that are as implausible, but I love to see all the wrongs righted and everyone well on their way to happiness by the end of the film!
Disclaimer: these are just my opinions. I am aware that some of these movies have been criticized as being formulaic (that’s Hollywood, lol!) and/or encouraging bad behavior. So let me assure you that I simply thought the films were funny, I do not approve of all the behaviors of the characters. I would probably be annoyed with a persistent admirer in real life, neither would I model myself after people who hire a fake fiancé, or lie about themselves at an online dating site.
Also, these are not artistic films and there is not a lot of deep meaning in them. They just made me laugh.
That is all.
Here is the List:
- The Right Kind of Wrong – 2013 – rated R, stars Ryan Kwanten and Sara Canning – Leo, is a failed writer and dishwasher whose ex-wife writes a popular blog about how much he sucks. He falls in love with a bride on the day of her wedding to the perfect guy. I love that Ryan McPartlin is typecast as the perfect guy.
- The Decoy Bride – 2011 British Romantic Comedy rated PG: I am not ashamed to say I watched this movie solely because of David Tennant. It was great. He is great. It deserves the five-star rating it got on Netflix.
- Not Another Happy Ending – 2013 – PG 13 – Karen Gillan, is a cute, quirky and kind of crazy author with writer’s block who falls for another author and an editor – every book nerd’s dream.
- 13 going on 30 – 2004 PG 13 – Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo – A 13-year-old girl makes a wish on her 13th birthday and wakes up the next day as a 30-year-old woman.
- Must Love Dogs – 2005 – PG-13, John Cusack, Diane Lane – A forty-something preschool teacher who is reluctantly divorced is tricked into trying online dating.
- Leap Year – 2010 – PG – Amy Adams portrays a romantic woman who travels to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it. Also loved her in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – 2011 – PG-13 – who doesn’t love Judy Dench? British retirees travel to India to retire to a newly “restored” hotel. It is less luxurious than advertised. Eventually the Marigold Hotel, and the people within it become their “home”.
- Elizabethtown – 2005 – PG-13 – Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst – on his way to a hometown memorial for his Kentucky-born father, a semi-suicidal “cityboy” discovers romance with a sweet southern stewardess while he learns more about family and himself.
- Take Me Home – 2011 – PG-13 – Amber Jaeger, Sam Jaeger – an illegal NYC taxi driver meets a woman who has a fear of flying and is hired to drive her to California after her estranged father suffers a heart attack.
- Spanglish –2004 – PG 13 – Adam Sandler, Tea Leoini, Paz Vega – a woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife. You have to watch this just to see Adam Sandler play such a sweet guy!
- The Switch – 2010 – PG 13 – Jennifer Anniston & Jason Bateman – you think it is just going to be a friend-zone movie, but there is more.
- Serendipity – 2001 – PG 13 – John Cusack – you know it is going to be a good Rom Com because it has John Cusack in it. Very cute.
- Kate & Leopold – 2001 – Romance with a Sci-fi twist when time travel brings together Meg Ryan & Hugh Jackman. Also Leiv Schreiber is a clumsy scientist.
- Maid in Manhattan – 2002 – PG 13 – Jennifer Lopez is endearing as beautiful but poor single mom who meets handsome rich guy.
- Beauty and the Briefcase – 2010 – TV 14 – Hillary Duff – I just think she is cute in this. Beauty & fashion magazine sends her undercover in an office to get a scoop. This is silly fluff movie that never goes too deep. Don’t expect anything but goofy fun from it.
Well there it is – I hope my “picks” help when you are in the mood for a romantic comedy.
Now I need some new suggestions, so leave me your favorite titles in the comment section, or feel free to let me know if you think my selections stink!