Rom-Com recommendations from a girl who watches way too many
Updated: Mar 12, 2021
Movies. I can’t be the only one that has been blowing through my mental library of movies and TV shows over the past couple of weeks to try and distract myself from the not-so-good reality we are living through right now. Maybe you like horror, fantasy or reality tv shows about an eccentric gay man who breeds big cats while plotting to kill a woman who supposedly fed her husband to tigers. Movies and TV shows are great to help you forget the world and have two hours of fantastical bliss. For me, Rom-Coms are the greatest form of cinematic distraction. Now, most of my evenings consist of trying to find that one rom-com I’ve not watched yet (or at least not watched in a couple of months), cuddling up in bed, ripping open a bag of skittles and pressing play. All while hoping and praying that the cliche storylines and typically good-looking cast will spark joy in me like the best romantic interactions do. If you’re anything like me, your ‘To Watch’ list is probably running incredibly low, so I thought I’d do you all a massive favour and give you a couple of rom-com recommendations that will definitely be worth adding to the list to stop it looking so scarce. They may even squeeze into the list of your favourite romantic comedies. Who Knows. I’ve chosen movies with happy cliche endings. Easy to watch films. There are some questionable suggestions, but I guarantee you’ll like at least one. Hopefully.
First, the cast! Young Hugh Grant, playing the role of an awkward bookseller - need I say more. And Julia Roberts playing alongside him as a famous actress. Talk about a good-Looking cast. This movie checks all my boxes in terms of rom-com. A cliche storyline, A heart-wrenching moment where all seems lost, the most romantic dialogues and of course, a funny best friend! Spike is by far the real star of the movie (You'll get it when you watch it) So, a cute, lovable bookseller who'd had his heartbroken falls in love with an A-list actress who's really going through it. Do they get their happily ever after? Or does reality get in the way? You'll just have to watch it to find out Rotten Tomatoes, who really don't like many movies, actually gave this movie 83% so it must be good.
"I'm also just a girl standing in front of a guy, asking him to love her."
How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days
There was definitely something in the air when people were writing romcom's in the early 2000s because I feel like most female protagonists were journalists. Bridget Jones, Iris from the Holiday and Andie Anderson in this movie. Andie Anderson - WHAT A NAME. Anyway, the movie. 'How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days. Two journalists; One bet that he'd be able to get a woman to fall in love with him in 10 days, and the other is assigned to write an article about "how to lose a guy in 10 days." They both coincidentally meet in a bar - it's a rom-com, remember. Fast forward to when their individual aims get a bit messed up, and they end up falling in love - as you do. Then, of course, they both find out. Then lots of messy mess and then... Ooh, Rotten Tomatoes is not a fan of this one: 43% - bit harsh, but okay. I think it's pretty good, its funny, so so cliche and also Kate Hudson is hot.
"Tonight, I'll hook a guy. Tomorrow, pull the switch. Before the 10 days are up, I'm gonna have this guy running for his life."
She's the Man
Twelfth Night but a Rom-Com. This movie is honestly a classic, and the Shakespeare references really satisfy my English lit nerd heart. Also young Channing Tatum. I used to lie about me not finding him attractive, but I'm sorry, how does a guy still look good with a tampon shoved up his nose. (You're going to have to watch it to find out why) Viola (Amanda Bynes) disguises herself as her brother Sebastian, while he's trying to live out his musician dreams roaming around London, and attends boarding school in his place. Yes, he snuck out of his house, in America, without his parents knowing and flew to London. REALISTIC. So in boarding school, it gets messy, Twelfth Night in all its love triangle glory. Olivia falls in love with viola dressed as Sebastian, and Viola falls in love with Duke Orsino (Channing Tatum) while dressed as Sebastian. Duke is also in love with Olivia. Also, Viola gets her revenge on her sexist boyfriend and old football (sorry, soccer, the movie's American) coach, a plus. The real Sebastian also has a crazy girlfriend, of course.
Rotten Tomatoes, 43% again?! be more original, Oh my god.
"I can do this. I am a Dude! I am a Hunky Dude. I am a Badass Hunky Dude!"
Set it Up
The ONLY Netflix original I'm putting on this list. Sorry, Peter Kavinsky. This movie is actually hilarious. Two overworked and underpaid personal assistants try to set up their bosses, thinking that it would be easier to work for them if they were in love. But of course, forcing love to work does not work. But when it's unexpected, with someone you thought you hated, well...you know how it goes. Zoey Deutch needs more credit; everyone is sleeping on Zoey Deutch! Her performance in this movie is also amazing. And Glen Powell plays a pretty good love interest too. Rotten Tomatoes agrees with me, for once. 92%! Damn
"One is a beautiful woman with dark hair and a fierceness that is both scary, and inspiring. The other is a guy."
A Cinderella Story
If any of you know me, like really know me, you'd know I've watched this movie way too much. I have an unhealthy obsession. And I know this movie isn't even good, but I don't know what it is about it, but I love it. Maybe its because the main guy, Austin (Chad Michael Murray) is a jock who wants to study poetry at Princeton University. Or because of Jennifer Coolidge as the Step Mum, an actual icon. Or the ending, That kiss! I would give anything to erase my first kiss and have a kiss like that instead. I would also give anything to have a staircase moment like Sam (Hilary Duff). The movie plot is completely self-explanatory, so I'm not going to waste your time with that. Also, this movie seems pretty relevant, given the current situation. Falling in love through the phone instead of meeting in real life? Maybe you'll also be pleasantly surprised when you finally meet the person you've been aimlessly flirting with through the whole of quarantine. Rotten Tomatoes, oof. I got attacked for my lack of taste, yet again. 14%, ouch.
"Because waiting for you is like waiting for rain in this drought. Useless and Disappointing"
10 Things I hate About You
Another Shakespeare based Rom-Com. The Taming of the Shrew. This is definitely my favourite out of all of them. I guarantee you'll love it too. Heath Ledger, what an angel. We have two sisters; Bianca Stratford, the popular girl who every guy wants, and Kat Stratford, the insanely sarcastic, intimidating, stubborn girl who everyone thinks is a "heinous bitch." New boy, Cameron falls in love with Bianca as soon as he sets eyes on her, but popular kid Joey also has his eyes on her. The issue is, neither of the Stratford sisters is allowed to date. Bianca can only date if Kat does. So enter Heath Ledger's character, bribed by Joey to try and tame the shrew so he can get in Bianca's pants. Inevitably, it gets very messy because that's how rom-coms go and Kat ends up realising that maybe she doesn't hate Patrick as much as she'd hoped.
Rotten Tomatoes gave it 68% - not bad, not bad.
This movie makes me cry. Well, cry more than any of the other ones. The movie centres around Simon, a closeted gay highschooler, who begins an online relationship with another closeted student named Blue. The issue is, he has no idea who Blue is. When someone threatens to expose Simon's online relationship and publicly out him in front of the whole school, sh*t hits the fan. It used to be pretty difficult to find an LGBT love story that hadn't been completely fetishised, don't even get me started on some lesbian rom-com, but this movie does everything right. The fear of your friends and family finding out about your sexuality, highlighting the stupidity of having to come out when your straight friends don't, first love, telling your family. It covers all of it. It's also hilarious and heart-wrenching at the same time and will have you balling your eyes out at the end or smiling from ear to ear. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a whopping 92% - as it should.
"Disclaimer: This is about to get Romantic as-F"
I could go on for ages, I watch a lot of rom-coms. I can guarantee you can probably find better ones than some of the ones I've suggested but these are a few I personally love and can rewatch loads without getting sick of them. Also I'm a hopeless romantic who lives for cliche's - if it wasn't obvious. I hope some of these will keep you happy during quarantine.
If you have any recommendations for me, feel free to comment them below. (I think its below, I'm not completely sure how this blog works just yet)