Romantic comedies that have flown under the radar
Romantic comedy (also known as romedy or romcom) is a genre with light-hearted, humorous plotlines centered on romantic ideas, such as how true love is able to surmount most obstacles.
1. Bridget Jones baby
Bridget’s focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but with one question. Who the baby daddy? Uptight Mark Darcy or dashing motor bike riding jack?
Favourite quote from the film: ‘Can’t go back and keep making same mistakes. Must keep moving forward and make new ones’
2. Crazy rich Asians
Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse — Nick’s disapproving mother.
3. Crazy, stupid, love
Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the American dream. He has a good job, a beautiful house, great children and a beautiful wife, named Emily (Julianne Moore). Until Emily wants a divorce. Over 40 and suddenly single, Cal is thrown back into the world of dating. Luckily, Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), a self-styled player takes Cal under his wing and gives him the hitch treatment.
4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Netflix)
High school junior Lara Jean Covey writes letters to boys she feels an intense passion for before locking the letters away in her closet. Her latest letter is to her childhood friend Josh, who is dating her older sister Margot. Margot breaks up with Josh before leaving for college, but her leaving leaves Lara Jean feeling alone. One night while hanging out with her little sister, Kitty, Lara Jean falls asleep on the couch, allowing Kitty to sneak into Lara Jean’s room and find her collection of letters.
5. Night school
Teddy Walker is a successful salesman whose life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his place of employment. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, Teddy soon finds himself dealing with a group of misfit students, his former high school nemesis and a feisty teacher who doesn’t think he’s too bright.
6. Been so long (Netflix)
A single mother in London’s Camden Town hears music when she meets a handsome stranger with a past. But she’s not sure she’s ready to open her heart. Watch trailers & learn more. This film blows la la land out the water, and deserved way more hype.
7. How to be single
A group of young adults navigate love and relationships in New York City. Taking a break from her long-term boyfriend Josh (Nicholas Braun), Alice (Dakota Johnson) sets out on a journey of self-discovery with her hard-drinking new friend Robin (Rebel Wilson). Meanwhile, Alice’s career-driven older sister Meg (Leslie Mann) struggles with the idea of settling down, and uptight romantic Lucy (Alison Brie) searches for her perfect match.
8. The change up
Once inseparable pals, Dave (Jason Bateman) and Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) have drifted apart over the years. Dave is an overworked lawyer and family man, while Mitch has thus far avoided most of the normal responsibilities of adulthood. Each is envious of the other’s life, and following a drunken binge, the men awake to find they have somehow switched bodies. Dave and Mitch soon discover that things are not as rosy as they seemed and try to find a way to return their lives to normal
9. The incredible Jessica James ( Netflix)
Jessica, an aspiring playwright in New York City, is trying to get over a recent break-up when she meets Boone, who’s also recovering from a recent split. Together, they figure out a way to make it in a “post-relationship” world.
10. Leap year
When yet another anniversary passes without a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Anna (Amy Adams) decides to take action. Aware of a Celtic tradition that allows women to pop the question on Feb. 29, she plans to follow her lover to Dublin and ask him to marry her. Fate has other plans, however, and Anna winds up on the other side of the Emerald Isle, with handsome, but surly, Declan — an Irishman who may just lead Anna down the road to true love