An alternate guide to romance and romcoms - part 1

We all love romance.  We all love romcoms.  From someone filled with emotions to Clint Eastwood as brittle as he can be loves to see the guy get the girl in the end.  I realize that that specific comment will make so many people upset, because the guy can get the girl, the guy can get the guy, the girl can get the guy or girl, the person can get the person, the person can get the object, the object can finally find love with the animal.  So many ways to say it and so many ways to show it, the romance is real everywhere people.  And it's a blast.  If you don't like romance and romcoms, even for their cheesiness and camp, I don't think we can be friends.  That means a lot, I'm a pretty great friend guys, ask around.

So this list, with some pretty strict rules (also, a lot of not strict at all rules) as shown here, will contain a whole bunch of movies that aren't going to be on other lists.  I mean, there's obviously going to be movies that are on other lists because it's nigh impossible to leave some romance movies on a list. It is also in no particular order, I can't say one will be better than another, but I will put a rewatch value on each movie as I stated before.  Without any further adieu, let's get to the god damned list!


Say Anything... (1989).  I absolutely put this movie on the list, I had to.  John Cusack is one of my favourite actors of all time and this is arguably his best, most iconic role.  He plays Lloyd Dobbler, a high school graduate who falls in love with the valedictorian and pursues her.  Played by Ione Skye, Diane Court is reluctant to his charms at first, but soon they fall in love with one another, only to have her have to leave for College.  A lot of good things in this movie, lots of good scenes and realistically the best acting role John Cusack hasn't ever done.  John Mahoney plays James Court, Diane's father as well.  Some people my age may know him as Fraser's dad on Fraser. Romance: 8/10. This movie is filled to the brim with romance and gets you right in the heart.  Comedy: 4/10.  While it has one or two funny parts, it's mostly a romance movie mixed with some drama.  Rewatch Value: 7.5/10.  I don't think I've ever watched this movie with a girl and I've seen it probably half a dozen times, so I'll say it can be rewatched a good amount.


Before We Go (2014).  In his directorial debut, Chris Evans also plays the main character about two people who meet in a serendipitous way, but under unfortunate circumstances. He plays Nick to Alice Eve's Brooke, two people trying to get through the night so that they can make it through their relationships.  But can they make it through without falling love with one another?  I don't know, I'm no love doctor, but I do know that it's really fun to see Chris Evans in a role that ISN'T Captain America, which says a lot, because the boner I get for him as Cap is immense.  That's a metaphor.... no real boners... *insert shifty eyes*.  I also had only seen Alice Eve in Star Trek, so she didn't wow me all that much because of the massive movie that was Star Trek, but she did very well.  It's a simple movie that makes me genuinely happy to watch. Romance: 6/10.  I would have put it higher, but you can tell throughout the movie that it's very much so the two of them trying to fight against falling for one another, the romance is still there, but they're hoping it's not.  Comedy: 6/10.  Some funny scenes in the movie, but not a lot of laugh out loud scenes, more the "it's cute" laughter scenes, which is probably better for such a movie. Rewatch Value:  8/10.  It's only been out for 3 years and I've seen it 3 times, So I'm gonna say it can be watched more than a couple times and still be enjoyed3.) About Time (2013). If I didn't put this movie on the list, my brother Timothy would beat me up, so it had to be on the list.  Also, and I apologize in advance for this, it's a fucking great fucking movie.  I used that word twice because that's how great of a movie I find it to be. Domhnall Gleeson is his, I would say, first big breakout, despite being in 2 Harry Potter movies (He was Bill Weasley, the oldest ginger child in the Weasley clan) plays Tim, who falls hopelessly in love with Mary (played expertly by Rachel McAdams) and will do anything to get her.  He also finds out that he can travel through time and change his present, or future.  But he also finds out that it comes with consequences.  Bill Nighy plays his father and they have a scene that just... really makes me wish I didn't have allergies that cause tears to flow from my face.  Romance: 9/10.  I mean... the guy finds out he can travel through time and all he wants to get is the girl?  That's so sappy I get stuck to it.  Comedy: 5/10.  Some funny parts, but not that many all in. Rewatch Value: 6(7)/10.  I put a second number because it's a movie that like... realllllly gets to me.  There's some romance and sadness throughout that just crush me.  So I would absolutely say it can be rewatched multiple times, but make sure you have a fresh box of Kleenex.4.) 500 Days of Summer (2009).  One of the more tacky movies on this list, I found myself putting it on mainly for Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his ability to make anyone better while still being better than they are.  It's a pretty good movie, about Summer (Zooey Deschanel) who doesn't believe in true love and Tom (Gordon-Levitt) who falls in love with her despite that.  It's slightly more awkward than other movies, but that may only be my opinion as I find Zooey Deschanel awkward as an actress.  She does well, but she's very flighty to me.  There are some sweet moments, some funny moments and some good moments, so my disliking of Deschanel was left to the wayside for an overall very good movie. Romance: 7/10.  Gordon-Levitt could romance me any day.  Comedy:  6/10.  I found the awkward humour almost too prevalent within the movie, but some funny scenes nonetheless.  Rewatch Value: 7/10.  I can't speak highly enough to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, so I could watch this movie at least 4 more times (to a total of probably 7-8) without being bored by it.5.) 10 things I hate about you (1999).  A retelling of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" in a  modern style with high school kids? Sign me up.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larissa Oleynik AND Heath Ledger?!  Holy crap how could I not?!  Bianca (Oleynik) can't go on a date until her older sister, Katarina(Julia Stiles), does.  But Bianca Really likes Joey(Andrew Keegan), who really likes himself.  Cameron(Gordon-Levitt) really likes Bianca, but can't go out with her. Enter Patrick Verona (Ledger), the rough and tough bad boy of the high school who gets hired by Joey to court Katarina so Joey can take Bianca to the prom.  Sounds like a mess, right?  It's not.  Well, it may be, but it's done in such a phenomenal way that you don't even notice until you try and drunk-history explain the movie to someone who hasn't seen it.  I just tell people to watch it, because it's filled with some of the best scenes I've ever seen, including an amazing poem read by Katarina that will literally break your heart.  Romance: 9/10.  2 full romances all going on throughout the movie make this one a doozy. Comedy: 7/10.  As with many Shakespeare plays and adaptations, there is a fair amount of comedy, this one being probably one of the funnier ones out there.  Rewatch Value:  9/10.  I could watch this movie a hundred times and not be upset about that.6.) Hitch (2005).  I probably shouldn't like this movie as much as I do, but I can't help it.  I love Will Smith and have a weird affection for Kevin James.  Smith plays Hitch, a guy who makes women fall in love with other guys.  That makes it sound much worse, but it's really about him giving confidence to guys that don't have confidence and making women see these men in the right light... the light of love.  Man, with all this sap that I'm writing about these movies I should start writing a romance script!  But, where Hitch is concerned, he can do it so very well, until he meets Sara (Eva Mendes) and finds that his suave and debonair attitude has gone straight out the window.  So this movie is about him learning how to be himself, while showing other people that being themselves is better than they think.  Romance:  8/10.  2 romances again!  But less so than previous movies to me.  Comedy: 8/10.  Smith has some great comedic timing and I want him to do more funny things.  Bring back Jazzy Jeff too!  Rewatch Value:  7/10.  I've probably seen this half a dozen times and I think it could easily make the full dozen and feel pretty damn good about myself.  Except that I need Hitch to help me get a girl, but he doesn't do that anymore!  What do I do?!7.)  50 first dates (2004). I was torn between having this movie, or the Wedding Singer on this list.  I didn't want to do two Adam Sandler movies because, well... I don't have to explain myself to you! But really, this is the better movie of the two.  Adam Sandler plays Henry, a sea lion trainer in Hawaii who doesn't believe in relationships, at least until he finds Lucy (Drew Barrymore).  But there's one problem with this, Lucy has a problem.  She has no short term memory and forgets about him every time she goes to sleep.  So this movie is the tale of how he's going to win her over every single day for the rest of his life.  She doesn't want him to, because she doesn't think she deserves such a man in her life.  Great movie with a phenomenal scene of Barrymore talking about how she dreams of Sandler (gross) AND, Samwise himself, Sean Astin plays Lucy's brother! Romance: 8/10.  He falls in love with a girl and plans to have her fall in love with him every day for the rest of his life?!  Come on guys.  Comedy: 7/10.  Less funny than some of his previous movies, but much, much more funny than some of his new movies, Sandler gives a steady 7 of a performance.  Rewatch Value: 7/10. The comedy brings me back more than the romance, but there's still some damn good romance in here too.8.) 40 days and 40 nights (2002).  Josh Hartnett and Shannyn Sossamon star in this great romantic comedy about a guy who recently got dumped (Hartnett) who decides to give up sex for lent, but then meets the girl of his dreams in Sossamon.  So it's a comedic romp of them falling love and her trying to advance on him but he's not having any of it.  The rub happens when he doesn't tell her that he's doing this for lent, just avoiding it altogether.  I know they could have made the movie slightly easier by having him say that he's giving up sex for lent because he doesn't want to get hurt or whatever, but it's a movie. Romance: 7/10.  I like the romance while having there be a forced "no sex" thing when it should feel natural.  Comedy: 7/10. Some really good and funny parts with Hartnett, lots of awkwardness as well.  Rewatch Value: 5/10.  Probably the one I've seen the least on the list considering it's been out 15 years, but it's still worth your time 4-5 times in the long run.  Also, Josh Hartnett is the man.9.)In & Out (1997).  Holy crap I didn't realize this movie was that old!  Seems like only a couple years ago, but apparently 20 years has passed since Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds, Wilford Brimley, Bob Newhart among others, lit up this movie about a teacher who's getting married.  At least, he's getting married until he's ousted by a former student as being gay.  So he has to fight his own urges, as well as attempt to change peoples minds about their views on life.  Kevin Kline absolutely crushes this role.  Romance:  4/10.  I'm putting the romance a fair chunk lower than others on the list solely for the fact he doesn't "get the guy" at the end of the movie, but more finds himself, which is better to me.  Comedy: 9/10.  So many funny scenes involving Kline being so outstandingly and flamboyantly gay, dancing around or being kissed by Tom Selleck. Rewatch Value: 9/10.  I've seen it probably double digits of times and still going strong.10.)  This means War (2012).  Probably the movie that's going to get me flayed the most on this list, but I don't care.  I love this movie.  Chris Pine, Tom Hardy AND Reese Witherspoon, how could I not?  It's a fun romp about two spies that by some weird happenstance end up going on a date with the same girl, only to both fall for her and then get into direct competition with one another for her hand.  I love a spy vs spy type movie with romance involved.  Not like James Bond rapey romance, but a nice heart warming romance, which this has.  Romance: 7/10.  A love triangle with Chris Pine and Tom Hardy is just... unfair to make the woman decide.  Comedy: 6/10.  I admit, some of the comedy fell short, but still a lot of fun parts.  Rewatch Value: 7/10.  I've seen it 3 or 4 times and I still find it fun.To be Continued....