Continuing with the love theme for February, and following on from my favourite romantic moments from tv, I give you my top ten rom-coms.
Now, I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a big fan of romantic comedies, quite often I find that the cheesier they are the better! I rather like the predictability of them, that at the end the boy gets the girl. They’re sheer escapism and I love it!
So, after looking through my collection and having a think to narrow down my options – I give you my top 10 rom-coms:
I remember going to see this in the cinema (back when it only cost about £3.00 to see a film!) and I loved it then. And I watched it recently while doing night feeds with Nerys and I still love it! Also, has Paul Rudd aged at all since this making this film?!
2) Love actually
Ahh, love actually. Every year I try to wait till the perfect moment in the run-up to Christmas to watch this film! It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s sweet, it has Andrew Lincoln in it. What’s not to like?! (note – my husband’s answer to that question would be “Keira Knightley”, but I personally have no issue with her!)
3) 10 things I hate about you
One of the classic high school movies. I don’t care that it’s predictable that Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles will end up together, it’s still a great story! And it has some of the best embarrassing Dad quotes ever!
“I’m down, I’ve got the 411, and you are not going out and getting jiggy with some boy, I don’t care how dope his ride is. Mamma didn’t raise no fool”
4) He’s just not that into you
I wasn’t sure how they would translate the book into a film, but I like what they decided to do! This is a film that I can watch over and over again. Maybe because, like ‘love actually’ there are several overlapping storylines which keeps it interesting? Maybe it’s the fact that Bradley Cooper is in it. Who can really know for sure?
5) Boys and girls
This is one of those films that I’m not sure how many people have actually seen, but I really like it! It’s the story of a boy and a girl who meet when they’re kids, then bump into each other a few times over the years, before becoming friends and then more than friends. It is cheesy (it stars Freddie Prinze jnr so of course it’s cheesy!) but it has some good, funny dialogue, a choreographed danced routine in a club and Alyson Hannigan which all add up to make it pretty enjoyable to me!
“Hey, did you guys read how the zoo animals tried to reorganize their cages in alphabetical order? Apparently the aardvark started it”
6) The time traveler’s wife
Now, the time traveler’s wife is one of my all-time favourite books. I absolutely love it. So I was a bit nervous about watching the film in case they ruined it (like the tv adaptation of Goodnight Mr Tom, another one of my all time favourites. I just didn’t get on with John Thaw as Tom, sorry!). But I was really pleasantly surprised. I think the film is faithful enough to the story to satisfy me and I really love Rachel McAdams so I was happy with her as Clare. This is one for a rainy night when I want to be all cosy inside!
7) How to lose a guy in 10 days
When a rom-com has Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson as the leads you know it’s going to be good! Kate Hudson as the crazy girlfriend is just brilliant!
“Our love fern! You let it die!”
8) Little black book
Little black book is another one like ‘Boys and girls’ that I’m never sure how many people know about. I don’t think it was really that big when it came out, I mean, I don’t remember it being on at the cinema, but I bought it on a whim on dvd and really like it. It’s actually one that’s not quite
so predictable and formulaic, with the ending not necessarily what you think it might be.
9) The Family Stone
Another one with Rachel McAdams in it and another one that tends to get saved for Christmas time. I just find this such a lovely, cosy film to watch when it’s cold and dark outside! I think Sarah Jessica Parker plays the role of uptight Meredith really well and I just love the family dynamics that are the basis of the film.
10) Dirty dancing
How could I have a list of rom-coms and leave out Dirty Dancing?! It’s a true classic and the soundtrack is just awesome. I have some really good memories surrounding this film and the songs from it.
“You just put your pickle on everybody’s plate, college boy, and leave the hard stuff to me.”
What do you think? Do you agree with my list or do you have another favourite that I’ve missed out? I’m always looking for recommendations for films to watch!