Top 5 Romantic Comedies

  1. Pride and Prejudice (1995)PP

Synopsis: Jane Austen’s classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart. (From IMDb)

What I Like: This is the only adaption of Pride and Prejudice worth watching my opinion. What I like is that the mini-series closely follows the book; too many adaptations have taken several liberties with Austen’s novel. Colin Firth perfectly exudes the pride and arrogance of Darcy and I have yet to see another actor match his performance. Also this is the version I grew up watching, so it will always have a nostalgic element. Is it really a comedy? Yes, it is a comedy of manners, which is not a common genre anymore.

  1. While You Were Sleeping (1995)WS

Synopsis: Lucy’s life consists of constant loneliness that is until she saves Peter’s life. Now she is a part of his family, and begin to realize what a terrific person she is, especially Jack, Peter’s brother. Lucy and Jack become closer and learn more about each other and themselves than one would ever expect from such coincidental, yet believable events. (From IMDb)

What I Like: For a longtime Sandra Bullock was the undisputed queen of light romantic comedies. The movies were uplifting and her characters relatable. Bullock never portrayed a perfect romantic heroine, all her characters always had some sort of “flaw”. In this movie the flaw is clumsiness and falling in love with her fake fiancée’s brother. While You Were Sleeping is an enjoyable flick about finding love in an unexpected place. But it is also a nice reminder about the importance of family. Too many Hollywood films focus on dysfunctional family dynamics. So it is refreshing to watch a film about a normal happy family.

  1. Hitch (2005)hitch_1

Synopsis: While helping his latest client woo the fine lady of his dreams, a professional “date doctor” finds that his game doesn’t quite work on the gossip columnist with whom he’s smitten.(From IMDb)

What I Like: Usually romantic comedies are told from the perspective of the lovelorn heroine. While the hapless female is stumbling through the sea of suave and sophisticated men, the guys sit back and watch her fall. In this movie the roles are reversed, so to speak. Will Smith, when he was still King of the box office, plays a date doctor to the everyday man. While his clients have great success with the ladies, Hitch struggles to make a positive impression with Sara, the recipient of his affection. This is just a lighthearted film with the message that you cannot judge someone on outward appearance alone. There is more to man /woman than looks, personality and character count too.

  1. Leap Year (2010)leap-year-poster

Synopsis: Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend Jeremy on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it. (From IMDb)

What I Like: Amy Adams is a delightful actress and she does a fantastic job in this film. She exudes the right amount of naiveté and strong will/stubbornness. This film does not have a particularly well developed plot, but the characters are wonderful. Unlike the other films on this list, Leap Year is almost completely focused on the two main characters. Everyone else exists on the periphery and only appear to help fill in some of the screen. The result is a lovely character study. Matthew Goode and Adams have excellent chemistry and make the film seem more developed and sophisticated. I wish the two main characters were slightly more developed. But it is still a sweet film and one of the better mainstream romantic comedies to come out recent years.

  1. Love Actually (2003)love-actually-252657l

Synopsis: Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. (From IMDb)

What I Like: This is one of my (now) ex-boyfriend’s favorite romantic comedies. I think it is okay, I am not a huge fan of anthology style films. However, the movie does a credible job showcasing how everyone has a different perception of love. After all, love is not a one-size fits all kind of concept. There is romantic love, platonic love, sibling love, love of self (narcissism), love between parents and children, one-sided love, and so on. The emotion can take on many different variations and intensities. What I enjoyed the most about Love, Actually is that is managed to capture several different form of love and broken hearts. Several of the vignettes are uplifting and the others are sad. But, then again, life is not all roses and unicorns. So the film does a solid job capturing both the upsides and downsides of love in the modern day.

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