It’s not the holiday season, but that does not mean that we should miss out on the opportunity of watching some of the best romantic comedies of the time, especially when they are accessible at the tips of our fingers. Romantic comedies saw a revival, a sort of a Renaissance of its own, with new perspectives on old tropes, organic voices finding their mainstream platform, and obviously, the waterworks. No matter which rom-com you take, one thing would always weave through every single romantic comedy: the much-awaited catharsis.
So, if you have been bottling too many emotions at the same time, for reasons unknown to us, here’s a list of some of the best rom-com that you can watch this weekend on Netflix.
6 Best rom-coms to watch on Netflix this weekend
1. Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between
The answer to the age-old question of ‘Was the movie better than the novel?’ has always frightened bookaholics. It is indeed too difficult to judge two separate art forms especially when they have attained such critical acclaim worldwide. It puts a lot of pressure on the author, actors, and directors of the film. However, the upcoming film adaptation of the novel Hello Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith is surely expected to titillate the readers and the viewers.
The movie is modeled around Clare and Aidan who decide to make a pact to break up before they move to college. This way they won’t have to deal with any heartbreaks or tears. But, it’s not always as simple as it seems, right? So, they go on one last date and things expectantly take a turn where they realize they love each other. Will their love be strong enough to survive college? Or is it goodbye for them forever?
Directed by Michael Lewen, produced by Matt Kaplan, and written by Ben York, the movie stars Talia Ryder (Clara), Jordan Fisher (Aidan), and other actors including Ayo Edebiri, Jennifer Robertson, and Patrick Sabongui, Nico Hiraga, Julia Benson and Sarah Grey. Released on July 6, 2022, Hello Goodbye and Everything in Between will be quite a refreshing escape from the world. Plus, if you like To All the Boys, you’ll certainly love this one because it’s produced by the same producer, Matthew Kaplan.
2. Love in the Villa
Flag-bearing the previous years’ list of rom-coms, Love in the Villa was released on September 1, 2022, featuring rom-com veteran Kat Graham and Tom Hopper. The movie follows the lives of these two people who start their relationship on a rocky foundation which later stabilizes and intensifies into something deeper and more powerful. The cherry on top of the cake is the place where they meet: Verona, Italy.
The movie follows the life of a teacher, Julie whose role is reprised by Kat Graham, and her wish to take a dream trip to Verona, Italy. However, things take a different turn when her long-term boyfriend breaks up with her. Things worsen even more when Julie arrives at the romantic villa only to find out that it’s been double booked, which means she will have to share it with an annoying stranger, but fortunately attractive (Tom Hopper).
Be that as it may, the movie is not only about these two characters coming together and finding their ways but it also involves other characters who play good parts.
3. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Based upon the titular book series by Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, encircles the life of Lara Jean (Lana Condor) who has been writing secret love letters to her crushes. However, she is locking them away safely in her trunk, never intending to send them away, until one fateful day when her letters are mysteriously sent to their recipients.
In order to save face, Lara Jean strikes a deal with Peter (Centineo), a recipient of one of the letters and her former childhood crush, wherein they decide to fake a relationship.
Why would Peter do such a thing? Simple, he wants to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. However, with the advancement of time, things do not seem so superficial after all.
4. The Half of It
Starring Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, and Alexxis Lemire, The Half of It is all about queers, awkward teens writing love letters to their Tumblr crushes and whatnot. The movie revolves around a book-smart high schooler Ellie (Lewis) who is in want of some extra money for clearing off her electricity bills. So, in order to do so, she agrees to ghostwrite a love letter on behalf of football jock Paul (Diemer) to his crush, Aster (Lemire). Over the course of time, Ellie forms a special bond with Josh and develops a crush on Aster.
5. Someone Great
Someone Great is all about accepting different shades of love that lie underneath every friendship and every other relationship. Effectively launching Lizzos ‘Truth Hurts,’ Someone Great has become one of the most favorite go-to movies of Gen-Z today, for it helps remind them when they are on a break-up, that they are “100% that bitch.”
Starring Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, and DeWanda Wise, Someone Great details the life of Jenny (Rodriguez) who seems to have it all. A music journalist in New York City, she has been dating her boyfriend, Nate (LaKeith Stanfield) for nine years. However, things go haywire when she acquires her dream job in San Francisco and Nate suddenly ends the relationship.
6. Love Hard
Starring Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, and Darren Barnet, Love Hard seems to be the offspring of two of the greatest Christmas movies. Detailing the life of Natalie (Dobrev), who is dating a column writer, Love Hard is all about the acceptance of imperfect relationships that would always harbor ebbs and flows.
The rising action of the movie takes off when Natalie matches with Josh and falls for him on a dating app. She flies 3000 miles to surprise him for the holidays, and perhaps the viewers might have seen it coming 3000 miles away that she would be catfished, and guess what? That’s what exactly happened.
However, since it’s a rom-com, things have to go in favor of the protagonist. So, despite being catfished by “Josh”, he introduces Natalie to his friend, Tag, whose photos he has been using. What do you think happens after that?