Hello, beautiful people. While it may be difficult to distinguish rom-coms from frantic airport chases and dramatic last-minute professions of love, the genre is more than Nora Ephron's masterpieces and Hugh Grant's floppy hair. If you've already watched all of Julia Roberts' classics thousands of times, and you're looking for something a bit different, we've compiled a list of underappreciated romantic comedies that are ideal for your next date night. So fluff your pillows and turn off your phones because you're in for a treat this weekend.
10. Two Night Stand
It was supposed to be a very simple one-night stand after a rough break-up for Megan, but when New York weather takes over there’s nothing you can do about it. This beautiful and comical rom-com by Max Nichols, starring Lio Tipton and Miles Teller, will strike you right if you are also a 20-something who has no clue what to do with your life.
9. Set It Up
Work, work and even more work. That’s all Charlie and Harper know and do, thanks to their bosses. However, the one thing that could help them is getting their bosses to date each other, so that they could get some (much needed) time off work. However, it isn’t as straightforward as they hoped for. The chemistry between Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell is to die for as they struggle to keep up the act for their bosses.
8. One Fine Day
Melanie Parker, an architect and mother of Sammy, and Jack Taylor, a newspaper columnist and father of Maggie, are both divorced. They meet one morning when overwhelmed Jack is left unexpectedly with Maggie and forgets that Melanie was to take her to school. As a result, both children miss their school field trip and are stuck with their parents. They end up needing to rely on each other to watch the children as each must save his job.
7. Home Again
Divorcee Alice (Reese Witherspoon) lives with her mother and two daughters and finds her life upended when three young, charismatic filmmakers move into her guest house. But her unlikely new family and a budding romance come to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. The chemistry between Witherspoon and Pico Alexander, who plays Harry is sizzling hot and one of the best in recent years. Also, the loving big brother-little sister dynamic between Alice’s daughters and the three boys is one of the most heartwarming parts of the movie.
6. Love, Rosie
Before being recognized as Emily from Emily in Paris, Lily Collins was recognized as Rosie, from Love, Rosie. From the age of 5, Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart (Sam Claflin) have been best friends, as they take on life they just end up getting separated time and time again. When it comes to love it's just everyone else but each other... But when will they realise they are meant to be together? This movie will crush your heart with the things said, and will also put it back together.
5. Happiest Season
It might be difficult to meet your girlfriend's family for the first time. It's much more difficult to plan a proposal during her family's traditional Christmas dinner when you find they don't even know she's homosexual. When Abby (Kristen Stewart), a woman with a short temper, discovers that Harper (Mackenzie Davis) has kept their relationship a secret from her family, she begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew. The chemistry between Mackenzie Davis and Kristen Stewart makes this movie tick. And, for a bonus, Aubrey Plaza is also there in her usual demeanour (maybe a little more upbeat).
4. Loco Por Ella
Loco Por Ella (Crazy About Her in English), is a Spanish rom-com about Adri (Álvaro Cervantes) who falls in love with Carla (Susana Abaitua) after they make a pact to hook up for one night and never see each other again. Desperate to find her Adri finds out Carla is a patient at a psychiatric institute and gets admitted there under the pretence of depression and anxiety. However, he finds out Carla isn’t as smitten about him as he is with her. What ensues is absolutely heartwarming and might just change your perception of mental illnesses and what love can mean. A special mention to Aixa Villagrán who plays Marta, a patient with Tourette’s Syndrome, for her immense performance.
3. Palm Springs
Nyles has been trapped in a continual time loop for a very long time, living the same day over and over again. Nyles must wake up with a lady he doesn't like, relive Tala and Abe's wedding day, and prevent gloomy Sarah, the bride's chronically bored sister, from making a shameful, booze-addled blunder against the backdrop of beautiful Palm Springs. How, on the other hand, do you spend forever reliving a day you'd rather forget? This is an all-time classic as Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg just dazzle with their comedic timing and somewhat hilarious chemistry.
2. About Time
About Time is a romantic dramedy about falling in love with life itself rather than with another person. It feels like your favourite sweater once winter arrives: comfortable and lived-in. Directed by Love Actually, writer-director Richard Curtis, part of what distinguishes the movie from others, is its focus on life after romance, on the mundane that fills the spaces between marriage, motherhood, and other important life events. Not for nothing is it one of the few really romantic films I've seen that can make adult men cry.
1. The Big Sick