5 Rom-coms to fall in love with this v-Day
Written By Tiffany Mclaughlin
As ooey gooey cootie day approaches, there are a few films in mind that get me excited about the season. Off-hand, these are just a few of my favorites that I enjoy when I want a good rom-com fix. The films discussed below are 100% based on my opinion and do not intend to cause a ruckus of any sort, if you happen to not share the same opinion. Also, I’m not trying to ignore other films either, I just want to shed light on ones that I feel are often forgotten.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
Peter Sollett’s wonderful coming of age comedy stars Kat Dennings as Norah and Michael Cera as Nick. The two meet at a bar when Norah walks up to Nick, a total stranger, in hopes he will play along with being her boyfriend in order to impress her frenemy. Her frenemy turns out to Nick’s ex girlfriend so he plays along. The film takes place in one night as their friend groups collide on a wild Friday night adventure to find out where their favorite band is playing a secret show. The dialogue is witty, Nick and Norah’s chemistry is organic, and the central theme around the music that brings them together are the main reasons why this is one of my favorites.
Love Actually (2003)
This mostly Christmas movie from Richard Curtis can easily be watched any time of the year, especially Valentine’s Day. With a cast so stacked for it’s time (it’s going to be twenty years old soon, wtf) it still feels like a treat. Starring many fun faces like Liam Neeson, Kiera Knightly, Emma Thompson, and Alan Rickman, the story follows several different stories of relationships that all somehow connect to one another. It’s a beautiful film about love affecting us in many ways while being hilarious and relatable at the same time. Be sure not to get it confused with Garry Marshall’s Valentine’s Day (2010), the American knock-off following the same formula. If you want a great American version, see Crazy Stupid Love (2011).
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
On the more serious side, we have David O’Russell’s eight academy award nominated dramedy, which won best actress thanks to Jennier Lawrence’s performance. Bradley Cooper plays Pat who is recently released from a mental facility months after attacking the man he catches his wife cheating with. He attends a dinner party and meets Tiffany, a recent widow played by Jennifer Lawrence. Their relationship starts to intensify when Tiffany offers to deliver Pat’s letters to his wife despite his restraining order in exchange for being her dance partner for an upcoming competition. I like this film because it’s a much grittier rom-com while also tackling issues like mental health and dysfunctional family dynamics in a witty fashion.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
Just in time for the release of its sequel, Susan Johnson brings to life the beautiful story based on the book by Jenny Han that I, a grown woman far out of high school, fell for instantly. It follows Lara Jean (Lana Condor) sorting through an awkward predicament when the love letters she wrote to her crushes years ago get sent out to them. One of the recipients Peter (Noah Centineo) proposes that they pretend to date each other to make his ex Gen jealous and help Lara Jean look like she moved on from her letter crushes. It’s an exciting story for the modern day teen and makes me wish I had this movie when I was in high school. It’s a little ridiculous in a humorous way, but isn’t too over the top with the cliche romantic expectations.
Obvious Child (2014)
In the directorial debut of Gillian Robespierre, Jenny Slate plays Donna, an unemployed comic who gets knocked up by a rando named Max after a one night stand. Dealing with the notions of her recent break up and now an unwanted pregnancy, she makes the difficult decision to abort despite her growing feelings for Max. Jenny Slate pours her soul into this film through her brilliant humor. I like to think of it as the adult version of Juno (2007). It has become my go-to rainy day rom com and my most recommended ‘Netflix and chill’ suggestions.