Here’s a guilty pleasure we all indulge in every once in a while, a good old fashioned romcom. Let me be the first to say that, though I am a big softie, I’m not really one for mush. That being said, there are plenty of really good rom-coms out there to indulge in on a Friday night that are certainly romantic and feely, just not the kind of nauseatingly love-dovey fluff pieces that make you roll your eyes.
- My top pick? How Harry Met Sally. No surprise to anyone reading this list, but a good portion of my picks either include Meg Ryan, or really big hair. Sometimes both. I think the reason why I liked this one so much was because the two main characters weren’t head over heels from the get go. In fact they kind of seemed like they hated each other… Instead, they slowly became friends. And stayed friends for years until it turned into something more. I liked the movie so much because it just seemed like as a fictional pair Harry and Sally respected each other so much, and that level of respect didn’t change from their move from friends to more than friends and vice versa.
- A movie I’ve actually only recently watched, Pretty Woman is… Extremely problematic. I have so many issues with it. For instance, why did Vivian take to Edward so strongly? Like… I’m going to be honest here, but he’s kind of cradle robbing throughout the entire film. And why is Vivian okay with this… Underlying sexist tone? She’s a strong independent woman, why is she even going along with this whole damsel in distress, Edward must save her from her hard life shtick. She seems perfectly capable of taking care of herself. Also, WHY did Vivian ask for $300 dollars for the night when one HOUR was $100 like??? I’m sorry but that’s bad math and just bad business. I think the most important question I gathered while watching this film though was WHO does Julia Roberts hair.
- Sleepless in Seattle is an old rom-com that just about everyone on this planet should have watched. The idea is that this one woman Annie (who’s engaged at the time mind you), hears the sad story of a widower, Sam, and his son Jonah on the radio. I mean, she practically falls in love with the sounds of this mans voice for crying out loud. She knows nothing about him, besides the fact that his wife passed away and he loved her dearly. Just going off these few tidbits she falls hard for him. The entire plot consists of Annie stalking Sam a bit (Weird) using the knowledge she finds to close the nation wide gap between them. They happen to grow closer and closer together and even come across each other by ‘accident’ (Again. Stalking). Eventually they find themselves on the top of the empire state building and fall in love somehow? I’ll be the first to admit that in the world of rom-com, this is a weird one… Still one of my favourites though.
- My last pick is, of course, You’ve Got Mail. (I mean, if you liked Sleepless in Seattleyou’ll probably like this one too.) Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are back in action in a rom-com that is way ahead of its time. At least in the technological sense. Absolute strangers turned business rivals Kathleen and Joe have been unknowingly flirting with each other and falling in love using their AOL email accounts. Ah, to live in the early 90’s, be on the primitive internet and remain completely anonymous to those you randomly chat with online. Seriously, watch this movie. If not for the romance, but for the giggles as you reminisce about giant computers and internet that doesn’t work if you’re on the phone.
Looking back on my list, there’s certainly a whole lot of retro. But I kind of feel that modern rom-com’s play up romance too much and try too hard to tug at the heartstrings. The romance they showcase is kind of unrealistic. (Not that finding a stranger you heard on the radio and falling in love with them is totally achievable…) Regardless, that’s just a few of my favourite rom-com’s. What are some of yours?