Friday, 20 February 2015

Seven good films for a romantic night in


Finding a decent romantic comedy to watch on a night in can prove tricky. Most aren't my cup of tea - Love Actually made me cringe and I could never really relate to Bridget Jones. But there are a few romantic films that aren't overly schmaltzy or cliched. Here are seven great comedy romances to watch with your other half (or best friend... or pet dog) that don't suck.

1. Manhattan 
Woody Allen's classic from 1979 stars Allen as a divorced writer who's dating Muriel, a student when he starts to fall for another woman. The opening scene, featuring 'Rhapsody in Blue' is a perfect love letter to New York.

2. Say Anything
Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) is a high school student who falls for high achiever Diane. 

Contains the classic scene with the boombox and the perfect line, "I gave her my heart and she gave me... a pen." Poor Lloyd.

3. The Graduate
The Graduate stars Dustin Hoffmann, a graduate (ahem) who gets seduced by his parent's friend, Mrs Robinson. Though made in the late 60s the humour in the film hasn't dated, and the ending makes me cry happy tears!


4. Before Sunrise
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke play Jesse and Celine, two twenty-somethings who get chatting whilst inter-railing around Europe. They decide to spend a day exploring Vienna together, walking and talking about life and love. This film spawned two sequels, but the first still holds my heart.

5. When Harry Met Sally
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star as high school friends who share a car trip from Chicago to New York before parting ways. They bump into each other again 12 years on and their friendship develops into something more. A great script by Nora Ephron, including the famous scene at Katz's Deli.

6. Overboard
I wanted to include a Goldie Hawn film in this list as she is a queen of comedy romance, and Tom's suggestion was Overboard! Hawn plays a wealthy lady who gets amnesia after being knocked overboard on her yacht. Her carpenter, played by real life partner Kurt Russell, tricks her into thinking she's his wife so she can play mother to his crazy kids!


7. The Wedding Singer
Adam Sandler plays a wedding singer who falls for waitress Drew Barrymore. One of those rare 'good' Adam Sandler movies, with a great 80s soundtrack. Steve Buscemi also steals the show halfway through in a drunken speech at his brother's wedding.

What are your favourite comedy romances? Or are you more of an action movie fan?!
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4 comments

  1. I'm a huge fan of rom-coms, from the admittedly terrible and cheesy (How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, anyone?!) to the better class of rom-com, like the Before... movies. I really enjoyed Friends With Benefits recently - it was formulaic, sure, but lots of fun. And classic high school rom coms are my absolute favourites, with 10 Things I Hate About You being the pinnacle.

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    1. Yes! At QUAD we are having a Teens Rule OK season soon to accompany a new documentary called Beyond Clueless, have you seen it? I'm excited!

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  2. I think the only one I haven't seen is Say Anything and it's in my Netflix queue for the next time I go on there. No idea why I've never seen it before, it is kind of iconic!

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    1. Ahh let me know what you think of it!

      There's a good scene where Frasier's Dad sings Steely Dan! x

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