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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Guilty Pleasure Rom-Coms

We all have them. You know, the movies we're often afraid to admit we secretly watch and love with a bucket of popcorn in the middle of the night. They're our guilty pleasures. And we should no longer have to feel so guilty about them. This week, in honor of Valentine's Day, let's take a look at some of the cheesiest, corniest, predictable romantic comedies out there (that we can't get enough of):

FOOLS RUSH IN (1997, Matthew Perry, Salma Hayek, Siobhan Fallon, John Bennett Perry, Jill Clayburgh and Jon Tenney). As the title suggests, fools rushed in and we fell hook, line, and sinker for the predictable yet delightful movie about a New York businessman who falls for his polar opposite--a feisty yet charming Latina.

MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING (1997, starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Everett, and Cameron Diaz). Arguably one of the only movies where we can actually tolerate the impossibly giddy Cameron Diaz, but the chemistry between Roberts and the impeccably underrated Mulroney make it all worthwhile. Oh, and the hilarious Rupert Everett makes the movie even harder to pass by (even after
multiple viewings).

BLIND DATE (1987, starring Kim Basinger, Bruce Willis and John Larroquette). You remember how your mother always told you never have a heavy drink of a first date? Well, Kim Basinger clearly missed the message as she drunkenly stumbles through a nightmarish date with Bruce Willis yielding an uproarious comedy of errors.

SOMETHING NEW (2006, starring Sanaa Lathan, Simon Baker and Golden Brooks). You know Sanaa and Simon and going to hook up in this movie eventually, but it's fascinating to watch how it all goes down in this watered-down version of Jungle Fever.

CAN'T HARDLY WAIT (1998, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Melissa Joan Hart, Freddy Rodríguez, and Seth Green). Virtually a who's who of 90s teen stars, Can't Hardly Wait helped usher in a slew of other teen flicks. But how can you turn down Seth Green in braids, Facinelli's jerky handsomeness, and Clarissa from Clarissa Explains It All?

JERSEY GIRL (1992, starring Jami Gertz, Dylan McDermott, Aida Turturro, Molly Price, Star Jasper, and Sheryl Lee). Like Pretty in Pink, Something New and Fools Rush In, Jersey Girl is yet another love story about two people from the opposite side of the road. Except one was still on that side of the road(Gertz), and the other one was pretending he wasn't from there to begin with (McDermott). Together they and their instigating sidekicks are hilariously re-watchable.

PRETTY IN PINK (1986, starring Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Annie Potts, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy and Harry Dean Stanton). By far one of the best teen rom-coms ever, Pretty in Pink had it all: Molly Ringwald, a randomly fantastic lip-sync moment brought to you by Jon Cryer, and a lusciously cheesy young romance between Ringwald and McCarthy.

What are some of your guilty pleasure rom-coms?


Unknown said...

Fools Rush In, Something New, and My Best Friend's Wedding are my rom-com guilty pleasures.

amy said...

Oh, I've seen Can't Hardly Wait a few couple of times.

I see your cheesy romances, and I'll raise you Three to Tango (with Neve Campbell). And add Someone Like You (Ashley Judd, plus Witherspoon's Sweet Home Alabama and Just Like Heaven. LOL

And please, any romcom with Freddie Prinze Jr. including Head Over Heels... there's just something really funny about dumb models.

Oh-oh, I just came out as a rom-com whore, which I can explain by being a teenage girl once.

Linda said...

I'm not much of a rom-com fan, But Fools Rush in has a special place in my heart.

Candice Frederick said...

@amy oh yes freddie prinze jr even in she's all that was cheesy whiz good.

@linda love that someone else loves fools rush in (i can't get enough of that movie)

Khay Writes said...

I love Fools Rush in. And I think Ive watched Something New at least 20 times.My biggest guilty pleasure, Deliver Us From Eva. I looove that movie!

Kebaben said...

Some interesting suggestions to add to my rental queue. Thanks!

I will fully admit to being a big fan of Love Actually. I'd try to excuse it with saying that it's only because Bill Nighy is so perfect in it, but no, I like it all. It's just so gleefully sticking to everything that makes a British romcom a British romcom, not tongue-in-cheek but completely earnestly.

Film Gurl said...

Nice list! There are some here I haven't heard of; I may have to check them out. I do admit, sometimes I do get into these kinds of moods. I just recently watched Love and Other Drugs (ok but not that great). Always find some new flicks here whenever I come to visit, thanks for sharing! :)

Clarabela said...

My list of rom-coms would be too long. But Something New would be near the top of the list. Also Just Wright with Queen Latifah, 500 Days of Summer and Enchanted.

Pray Like A Publican said...

YES! I'm so glad to finally see 'Blind Date' get some love. I've loved that movie since stumbling across it in an effort to see every Bruce Willis movie lol Such a good time!

Sammy V said...

The Philadelphia Story is a great and kinda sappy rom/com I can't get enough of.

Dan said...

I'ma sucker for Fools Rush In - I love Matthew Perry's brand of comedy. I also love Pretty in Pink - classic 80s!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe When Harry Met Sally isn't on this list! One of my favorite "guilty pleasure rom coms." That, My Best Friend's Wedding, Pretty Woman, and Love Actually. Classics. Absolute classics.

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