It’s the month of love and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no better time for a movie marathon. Whether you want to get hit right in the feels or laugh your socks off, it’s always best to start with a good old fashioned Rom-Com!
We’ve selected our favourite flicks to get you into the mood. Get ready for it…
Watch for: Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo team up in this magical one from the noughties. Jenna Rink (Garner) better watch what she wishes for when she wakes up the day after her 13th birthday as a 30-year-old woman. Expect hilarious awkwardness, scary fashion flashbacks, an epic thriller dance routine, and a lesson on loving yourself.
Watch for: In this remake, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant test how their relationships work in the real world. It’s not shy of detailing their romantic journeys from the bar to the bedroom, and Hart brings his familiar one-liners and belly-laughing jokes to the screen. The film also offers a good dose of cuteness too.
Watch for: Young Matthew McConaughey as he ticks off another rom-com on his list, this time, starring opposite Sarah Jessica Parker. The film focuses on 35-year-old Tripp, who still lives with his parents and has no desire to leave the comfortable life given to him. That’s when Parker comes to town as the interventionist hired by his parents to help him take the big step of moving out. Expect McConaughey’s classic charisma and stereo-typical cheesiness with a hint of funny.
Watch for: A girl-powered barrel of laughs with side-splitting performances from Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy. In this film, the maid of honour and bridesmaid battle it out over who is the bride’s best friend, so you can expect a tonne of drama, chaos, and one of the funniest bathroom scenes to ever exist. There’s also the little side story of finding Mr Right, so that’s cute too.
Watch for: A smooth and charismatic cast who offer a good amount of laughs, and yes, Kevin Hart pops up again in this list! Think Like a Man serves up a whole lot of mind-games and conspiring, as four friends turn the tables on the women they’ve been dating after discovering that the ladies have been using Steve Harvey’s relationship advice against them.
Watch for: Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds pair up to offer a fairly predictable, but satisfying rom-com. The Proposal centres around a situation that no one would ever want to find themselves in, when a pushy boss forces her young assistant to marry her in order to avoid deportation to Canada. Our favourite moment? Reynolds warming up his vocal chords for his rendition of ‘It Takes Two’.
Watch for: Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen’s low-brow comedy about a fun-loving party animal, Ben Stone, who gets more than he bargained for after a one night stand. Knocked Up is pretty crude and jaw-dropping at times, but you can’t help but laugh at some of the epic wisecracks and fall for the brewing (but weird) romance between the two.
Watch for: An enchanting Hollywood picture with an all-Asian ensemble cast. Based on the global bestseller, Crazy Rich Asians, follows New Yorker Rachel Chu as she heads to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. It’s funny, pretty unique, and it’ll have you in awe of its glamour and sass.
Watch for: If it’s got Steve Carell in it, you know it’s going to be funny! Prepare yourself for a wild ride as Andy is goaded by his buddies to “do the deed” he has never before done. You’ll also experience one of the funniest but most painful encounters, and fun fact – when you get there, you must know that what you are seeing is totally real. We feel for you, Steve.
Watch for: Two of our favourite actors embark on life’s challenges together. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence meet at a very bad time in their lives, but through a dance competition, they learn about each other and their own personal situations. Silver Linings Playbook is a heart-warming and quirky watch, and our leads serve up their characters with much compassion.
Watch for: One of the most endearing coming of age comedy-dramas. Juno follows Elliot Page (previously Ellen Page) as an independent-minded teenager confronting an unplanned pregnancy. Michael Cera stars opposite and the two work perfectly together to offer a delightful, tear-jerking, but unapologetic and wholly-funny movie.
Watch for: Joseph Gordon-Levitt wins hearts across the world as he details his memories of a failed relationship. The nonlinear narrative structure takes the typical rom-com and turns it on its head, as you watch the bittersweet story play out. 500 Days is both charming and sweet, but most importantly, it’s one of the most refreshing rom-coms around.
Watch for: Renée Zellweger as the most relatable character ever! We’ve all got a Bridget Jones in us, be it the hopeless romantic, challenging career fails, or tendency to land in some of the most awkward encounters in life. Though the film certainly has one up on us, as we’d all love to see Colin Firth and Hugh Grant battle it out for our affections. A light-hearted and witty watch!
Watch for: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star in this explosive rom-com as the bored married couple who find out they’re assassins hired to kill each other. It’s wacky with some serious action shots, and the couples chemistry is to die for! It sure is a whole lot of fun to watch this fiery couple destroy their marriage.
Watch for: A brilliant modern take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. New student Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) wants to date the popular girl, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), but first he must get around her father’s strict rules on dating. He enlists the help of bad boy Patrick (Heath Ledger) to date Bianca’s ill-tempered sister, Kat (Julia Stiles). 10 Things is an instant classic and the breakthrough performances are even better, with Ledger’s charm hitting the nail on the head.
Watch for: This 90’s throwback has to be one of Ben Stiller’s finest comedies. Ted (Stiller) gets the chance to meet up with Mary (Cameron Diaz), his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was utter chaos. Mary, however, has lots of other men vying for her affections, and this makes Ted’s journey all the more hilarious to watch. Expect some of the most memorable scenes, and barrels of puerile laughter.
Watch for: This loveable addition to our list follows two friends from the time they meet in Chicago, through 12 years of chance encounters in New York City. Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) have known each other for years, but will sex ruin the friendship? Worth watching for the famous restaurant scene alone, but also because of it’s amusing script and hysterical duo.
Watch for: One of our favourite ensemble casts in a rom com to date. You’ve got Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei all thrown into the mix to deliver one of the best rom com films ever! We love it for its witty script, jaw-dropping twists, terrific performances, and Ryan Gosling’s (shirtless) dirty dancing trick.
Watch for: Julia Roberts and Richard Gere fall for each other in this yuppie fairy-tale about a man who hires a beautiful escort for his business events. It may be predictable, but we love a good chase, and even more so when the female-lead is a hidden heroine who is sure of herself and says a big “no thank you” to people judging her!
Watch for: Our favourite cheesy and adorable love story makes number 1 on our list. Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson turn up the chemistry to level 100 in this playful, laugh-out-loud funny rom-com. Benjamin Barry (McConaughey) gets more than he bargained for when he bets he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. How To serves up the best love game going, with two mischievous leads, a whole lot of corniness and some of the most re-watchable moments going. We’re not crying, you are.
That wraps up our favourite Rom Coms! We hope you have a whole lot of fun making your way through the list, and searching for your all-time-favourite funny love story.
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