Since we’re in February now, we’re entering the season of love! ❤ ❤ With Valentine's Day less than a fortnight away, what better way to get you into the lovey-dovey mood than my favourite film genre, the Rom-Com? 😀
This post is a collaboration with my lovely blogging friend, Little Sunshine of 1617 Sunshine Avenue! ❤ She is one of my favourite bloggers, mainly for the fact that she offers so much variety in her posts and is just a ray of sunshine that adds to the greatest of my blogging experience! ❤ 🙂 Her post, The 10 best ROMCOMs to watch before Valentine’s Day, is linked here, so go and read her list too!
Onto the Rom-Coms!
1. Bride and Prejudice
Plot: Essentially Pride and Prejudice meets modern day Bollywood! 🙂 “A Bollywood-style update of Jane Austen’s classic tale, in which Mrs Bakshi is eager to find suitable husbands for her four unmarried daughters. When the rich single gentlemen Balraj and Darcy come to visit, the Bakshis have high hopes, though circumstance and boorish opinions threaten to get in the way of romance.” – Anonymous, IMDb
Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Nadira Babbar, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, Namrata Shirodkar, Daniel Gillies, Indira Varma, Sonali Kulkarni and Nitin Ganatra.
Why you should watch: It’s Bollywood – bright colours, musical numbers and in this case, embarrassing mothers! A modern twist on the Jane Austen classic ❤ ❤ Also, Martin Henderson as Darcy! ❤ Although you may not know the names, you will soon be impressed by the acting, singing and dancing skills of the cast!
2. She’s the Man
Plot: “Here’s the thing! Viola’s soccer team at Cornwall gets cut. She wants to join the boys team, but they do not allow girls. So she thinks “If you can’t join them, beat them”. So she does! She disguises herself as her twin brother Sebastian, and goes out for the rival school, Illyria, boys’ soccer team and makes it. Unfortunately, she didn’t plan to fall in love with her roommate Duke. But Duke has his eyes on Olivia. What makes matters worse is that Olivia starts to fall for Sebastian because he/she has a sensitive side. If things couldn’t get more problematic, the real Sebastian (who was in London working on his music) comes home early. He arrives on campus and has no clue that he was replaced by his twin sister.” – Barbara Ann, IMDb
Cast: Amanda Bynes, Laura Ramsey, Channing Tatum, David Cross, Vinnie Jones and Julie Hagerty.
Why you should watch: Amanda Bynes was such a great actress and this film was made at the height of her career! Also, a good one for thinking about gender roles and fighting for equal opportunities! And, need I say the words CHANNING TATUM? ❤ ❤
3. 13 Going on 30
Plot: “After total humiliation at her thirteenth birthday party, Jenna Rink wants to just hide until she’s thirty. Thanks to some wishing dust, Jenna’s prayer has been answered. With a knockout body, a dream apartment, a fabulous wardrobe, an athlete boyfriend, a dream job, and superstar friends, this can’t be a better life. Unfortunately, Jenna realises that this is not what she wanted. The only one that she needs is her childhood best friend, Matt, a boy that she thought destroyed her party. But when she finds him, he’s a grown up, and not the same person that she knew.” – popdivaprincess3000, IMDb
Cast: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer and Andy Serkis.
Why you should watch: It will always be timeless to anyone to watches it. You can relate to the 13-year-old Jenna or the 30-year-old Jenna. There is always something in us that makes us want to be younger or older dependent on what time in our lives we are going through. There is a big “Thriller” dance scene! Also, Judy Greer is in all the best Rom-Coms (27 Dresses for example!)
4. 50 First Dates
Plot: “Henry Roth lives in a Hawaiian paradise with the company of endless women with no strings attached. This is until he meets Lucy Whitmore. Both Henry and Lucy enjoy the company of each other and feel the start of a serious relationship occurring. Approaching Lucy the next day, Henry is confused when Lucy fails to recognise him. This is the moment Henry discovers that Lucy actually suffers from short term memory loss and can’t remember each individual day. Henry won’t let this stop him and is prepared to make her fall in love with him all over again, each and every day.” – FilmFanUk, IMDb
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Lusia Straus, Dan Aykroyd and Amy Hill.
Why you should watch: Has got to be one of the most original Rom-Com storylines with Lucy having amnesia and Henry trying to woo her in spite of it! Also, it’s a Barrymore/Sandler movie, and those two are always excellent as co-stars! ❤
5. Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!
Plot: “Rosalee Futch is a grocery clerk living in rural West Virginia. But even a small-town girl can have big dreams, and Rosalee’s is to someday–somehow–meet her big-screen idol, Tad Hamilton. The somehow arrives in the form of a contest–the grand prize: a date with Tad Hamilton–and the someday is now. Rosalee wins, much to the chagrin of her best friend and co-worker Pete, who is deeply, hopelessly–and secretly–in love with Rosalee. The Win a Date contest was cooked up by Tad’s agent, Richard Levy, and his manager, also named Richard Levy, to clean up Tad’s bad-boy image. Someone should have told them to be careful what you wish for. When Tad meets Rosalee and gets a taste of what he’s been missing in the real world, he decides he wants seconds and moves to West Virginia, turning Rosalee’s dream come true into a nightmare for Richard Levy, Richard Levy and, most of all, Pete.” – Sujit R. Varma, IMDb
Cast: Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace, Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes, Gary Cole, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kathryn Hahn.
Why you should watch: It shows you that celebrity lifestyle and how celebrities act sometimes doesn’t turn out to be what you expect or even want. Sometimes the person you’re looking for isn’t your celebrity crush, it’s the person standing right beside you from the start! 🙂
6. Wedding Crashers
Plot: “Two friends, John (played by Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn), crash weddings to pick up women. One day they crash the wedding of the daughter of the Treasury Secretary, Secretary Cleary (Christopher Walken). Instead of short-term flings they end up being invited to the Clearys’ island estate and potentially meet the loves of their lives… ” – grantss, IMDb
Cast: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Bradley Cooper, Jane Seymour and Will Ferrell.
Why you should watch: Takes the Rom-Com from an almost entirely male perspective rather than the typical female viewpoint or multi-character viewpoint most Rom-Coms take. Refreshing! Also, all-star cast! Some of these are in my favourite movies, and I know they are all excellent in comedies. 🙂
7. Just My Luck
Plot: “In Manhattan, Ashley Albright is a lucky woman and very successful in the agency where she works. The clumsy Jake Hardin is an unlucky aspirant manager of the rock band McFly, who is unsuccessfully trying to contact the entrepreneur Damon Phillips to promote his band. When Ashley meets Jake in a masquerade party, they kiss each other, swapping her fortune with his bad luck.” – Claudio Carvalho, IMDb
Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine, Faizon Love, Samaire Armstrong, Bree Turner, Missi Pyle and McFly!
Why you should watch: Teaches you to be thankful for your fortunes and that sometimes we can make our own luck! 😀 Also this movie heavily features one of my favourite bands, McFly in their movie debut! ❤
8. Letters to Juliet
Plot: “Sophie goes to Verona, Italy with her fiancé. There she finds a place where people write heart-breaking letters to Juliet and wait for an answer. Sophie meets the “secretaries of Juliet” who write back their letters. When she finds a letter that has been hidden for 50 years, she becomes a secretary of Juliet and helps the woman find her true love.” – Tanaya Naya, IMDb
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Vanessa Redgrave, Gael García Bernal and Franco Nero.
Why you should watch: This one is extremely moving! It’s not your typical young people get together love story either, although this is a subplot! It also features letter writing which is so romantic ❤ ❤
9. Leap Year
Plot: “Anna Brady has an elaborate scheme to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day, an Irish tradition which occurs every time the date February 29 rolls around, faces a major setback when bad weather threatens to derail her planned trip to Dublin. With the help of an innkeeper, however, her cross-country odyssey just might result in her getting engaged.” – Anonymous, IMDb
Cast: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott and John Lithgow.
Why you should watch: Amy Adams! I love all of her movies – she is such a great actress and absolutely hilarious! 🙂 Takes the idea of a woman proposing to a man, but also the fact that sometimes you don’t know what you’re missing until you almost miss it for good! ❤
Plot: “The beautiful princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn’t operate on a “happily ever after” basis, Giselle is now adrift in a chaotic world badly in need of enchantment. But when Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer who has come to her aid – even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince back home – she has to wonder: Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?” – Orange, IMDb
Cast: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, Susan Sarandon and Timothy Spall.
Why you should watch: More Amy Adams! ❤ Also, this an homage to old style Disney films, and is filled with big musical numbers and many famous actors. There is a combination of animation and live-action used to construct the film, which is beautiful – and the wardrobe is the best! Enchanted will always be timeless to me and stand as one of my favourite movies! ❤ ❤ ❤ Features previous Disney stars such as Paige O'Hara (Belle), Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas) and Jodi Benson (Ariel). And, finally, it breaks many of the typical Disney tropes whilst leaning heavily on some others.
So, those were my 10 recommendations for Rom-Coms you must see! Have you seen any of these? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments below!