Top 27 Bad Romantic Comedies
Romantic comedies are enjoyable, feel good narratives that make you happy when done well. When executed poorly, romantic comedies make you want to swig a beer and never talk with a member of the opposite gender ever again. For the sake of brevity, I only included films released in cinemas in the last two decades and ones I could remember without looking up. Otherwise, this list would be endless.
He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)
- Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, etc..
- I wish directors would stop making anthology films. 2009-2011 provided long-suffering romantic comedy fans with a series of increasingly forgettable anthology films. I forgot everything about this film as soon as the credits rolled.
She’s Out of My League (2010)
- Starring: Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve
- Kirk (Jay) falls in love with Molly (Alice). His lack of self-confidence and his friends get in the way of romance. I watched this movie in college and all I remember was an extended masturbation scene. It was gross.
Kate & Leopold (2001)
- Starring: Hugh Jackman and Meg Ryan
- I love Hugh Jackman, he is one of my favorite actors. But he has zero chemistry with Ryan and it is painfully obvious. Also, is New York City’s dating scene so bad that you would give up your career, indoor plumbing, air conditioning, and refrigeration just to be with some guy in 1876? Have fun.
Someone Like You… (2001)
- Starring: Hugh Jackman and Ashley Judd
- Man-hating, anti-monogamy career woman discovers all she needs is love. I only watched this because of Jackman. All I remember is a scene involving lowing cattle. Exactly the mood setter I want during a romantic-comedy.
Rumor Has It (2005)
- Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Mark Ruffalo, Shirley Maclaine, Kevin Costner
- A romantic comedy based upon the sequence of events that “inspired” The Graduate. Sarah (Aniston) runs out on Jeff (Ruffalo) because Beau (Costner) might be her actual father. Naturally she sleeps with Beau. The only memorable part of this film are the flip-cellphones.
- Starring: Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Vartan, Wanda Sykes
- This would have been better if Fonda and Sykes were the couple getting married. I watched this while I had the flu and I think it prolonged my illness.
Made of Honor (2008)
- Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan
- Tom (Dempsey) cannot admit that he loves Hannah (Monaghan). The he shames her for ordering fried dumplings at dim sum. She runs off with a hot Scottish guy and Tom tries to win her back. No need to see the movie. That is the whole plot.
What Happens in Vegas (2008)
- Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz
- How do people get into these predicaments? I am genuinely curios. Did the screenwriters hang out in Vegas and write this while intoxicated?
Bride Wars (2009)
- Starring: Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Chris Pratt, Steve Howey
- Never get married, your best friend will hate you. Especially when you both want the same venue. I felt sorry for the grooms-to-be. What terrible women.
The Ugly Truth (2009)
- Starring: Gerard Butler, Katherine Heigl
- Two actors needing a hit come together to make a film that is both boorish and offensive. “Hopelessly single” but “drop dead gorgeous” Abby (Heigl) needs Mike (Butler) to coach her on how to suggestively eat a hot dog in order to seduce a sexy surgeon at a baseball game. If anyone tried this advice in person, no would ever get married. Or have intimate relations ever again.
The Bounty Hunter (2010)
- Starring: Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston
- Butler and Aniston should stay away from romantic comedies. The bounty hunter (Butler) is tasked with catching his ex-wife (Aniston). She objects. He puts her in the trunk of his car. Sparks fly.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
- Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner
- Thank goodness McConaughey transitioned into more dramatic roles. This is truly the bottom of the barrel. Connor (McConaughey) treats Jenny (Garner), horribly, yet, she takes him back. Run away Jenny, he is not worth your time! Jenny should have insisted on Connor undergoing STD testing.
All About Steve (2009)
- Starring: Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper
- Bullock won a Razzie award for this turkey. Actual line of dialogue: “If you love someone, set him free; if you have to stalk him, he probably wasn’t yours in the first place.”
Couples Retreat (2009)
- Starring: A bunch of people who should of known better
- Having marital problems? Drag your three closest couple friends with you to group therapy. Meanwhile, all the singletons fly to Ibiza just because they can. Decent idea for a movie, badly executed.
The Switch (2010)
- Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Patrick Wilson
- Want a relationship with your super-attractive friend who is not interested? Contaminant the sperm sample she bought and secretly father her child. Apparently nothing can wrong.
When in Rome (2010)
- Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel
- Nick (Duhamel) falls for Beth (Bell). She is convinced that she is under a love spell. Forgettable hijinks ensue. This is the perfect paint-by-numbers romantic comedy that forgot to be funny. Or even mildly amusing.
The Back-up Plan (2010)
- Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Alex O’Loughlin
- Because someone as gorgeous as Lopez is going to be single. Any rom-com that opens with a montage of a woman looking longingly at every baby that crosses her path is off to a terrible beginning.
Something Borrowed (2011)
- Starring: Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin
- The audience is meant to cheer for Rachel (Goodwin) to steal Darcy’s (Hudson) man because she did not have the confidence to make a move on him first. Yay a film about passive aggressive behavior and poor self-confidence. I have yet to meet anyone else who admits to seeing this.
New Year’s Eve (2011)
- Starring: Zac Efron, Lea Michele, Halle Berry, Ashton Kutcher, etc…
- It’s Love Actually only with a dozen couples you will not be able to name or remember until the end credits roll.
Valentine’s Day (2010)
- Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, etc..
- See above. This is the film for all people who hate made-up-holidays. And good movies.
This Means War (2012)
- Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy
- Lauren (Witherspoon) dates two guys at the same time. They both work for the CIA, because why not. This film screams “I’m only here because of my mortgage payment.”
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), Fifty Shades Darker (2017), Fifty Shades Freed (2018)
- Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan
- Lets be real, this “trilogy” is only successful because Christian Grey is attractive and rich. If he was older, out-of-shape, and dirt poor we would all call this perverted and watch is play out as an episode of Law & Order: SVU.
Fool’s Gold (2008)
- Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson
- Honestly, I think this movie only got made because the cast and crew wanted to be paid to go on a Caribbean vacation. Hudson seems to play the same role in every film.
In The Mix (2005)
- Starring: Usher, Chazz Palminteri, Emmanuelle Chriqui
- Romantic comedies, stereotypical mobsters, and Usher do not go together. It is a good thing Usher stuck to singing.
Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)
- Starring: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen
- I had some friends with the last name Morgan who took a selfie with this poster. Them taking that photo was more memorable than this film.
My Boss’s Daughter (2003)
- Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Tara Reid
- There is a reason Reid’s most successful franchise at the moment is Sharknado. She cannot act.
Because I Said So (2007)
- Starring: Mandy Moore, Diane Keaton, Gabriel Macht
- I am fairly confident Keaton slept walked through this movie. Clumsy, bland, and forgettable, this film takes one basic premise-the obnoxious and interfering mother-and forgets to add in any other plot for almost two hours.