We have heard people say that rom-coms are their guilty pleasure. We would like to differ, because what’s there to feel guilty about? Feelings of comfort? That’s a good thing, right? Or unrealistic expectations of love-life? We’d argue that we all have that attitude towards everything in life. So, once in a while, sit back and enjoy the comfort of rom-coms!
Here’s a list of rom-coms to get that air of romance this February.
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
Nancy Meyers just knows how to make a good romantic comedy! In Something Gotta Give, the plot follows a 60-year-old ‘bachelor’, Harry Langer (Jack Nicholson), as he falls in love with the mother (Diane Keaton) of the girl he was dating. The movie is about second chances, and it reminds us that love is for everyone, regardless of their age. The chemistry between Keaton and Nicholson is off the charts, and every scene will have you laughing out loud. Also, bonus points for Keanu Reeves’ dashing cameo.
Happiest Season (2020)
The holiday film explores Abby (Kristen Stewart) as she joins her girlfriend Harper (Mackenzie Davis) to celebrate Christmas with her family. But the only problem here is, Harper hasn’t come out to her family yet. So, follow Harper and Abby falling in major hilarious and emotional events as the latter pretends to be her roommate. Directed by Clear DuVall, Happiest Season also features a hilarious Dan Levy in the major cast.
Notting Hill (1999)
No list of rom-coms is complete without listing the iconic Notting Hill.
Romance was the furthest thing on their minds when bookstore guy William Thacker (Hugh Grant) unexpectedly crosses paths with Hollywood’s most famous movie star, Anna Scott (Julia Roberts). The movie, directed by the late Roger Michell and written by Richard Curtis, should be on everyone’s watchlist. The ability to watch the film on loop is indescribable; it feels like your favorite sweater, which you’d wear every time to feel cozy.
Love, Rosie (2014)
Adapted from Cecelia Ahern’s book Where Rainbows End, the film follows Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claffin), who have been best friends since childhood, and they cannot imagine themselves as a couple. So they swallow their feelings, date other people and move out to other countries. The film, directed by Christian Ditter, captures Rosie and Alex’s emotions, feelings, and love as they grow from teenagers to adults.
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Love is Crazy and Stupid. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the film follows the story of a middle-aged man, Cal Weaver, who finds himself in an existential crisis when his wife (Julianne Moore) leaves him. When he begins to drink to drown his sorrows, he meets Jacob (Ryan Gosling), a player who takes Cal under his wing and teaches him how to be a ladies’ man. The cast also features Emma Stone in a major role. The movie is so much fun and has the best ending ever.