10 Best Rom Coms You’ve Never Seen

September 25, 2008 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

I admit it: I love a good RomCom. For those of you not in the know, I’m talking about Romantic Comedies. You know,  movies with sappy endings, vapid and shallow messages, and really degrading female leads. OH WAIT. Those are just the ones everyone seems to make extremely and painfully popular. 

But, there’s still hope. There are actually some really good RomComs out there, with inspiring characters and tasteful storytelling. Here, my friends, I let you in on a secret list of diamonds in the [cheesy and unintelligent] rough. Men, take note! These date movies will probably get you laid.

The Apartment- I’m gonna take it way back here and start with the very first RomCom ever made. When it first came out, audiences weren’t sure what to classify it as. Drama? Romance? Comedy? Little did they know that genius writer/director Billy Wilder was actually tapping into this huge market for a new, broad genre that has the ability to entertain a sweeping spectrum of viewers. Set in old New York, a rising office worker begins renting his apartment out to his superiors. Hijinks ensue. With stars like Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon, you definitely can’t go wrong. 

 

In July (Im Juli)- Featuring the boyfriend in Run Lola Run (Moritz Bleibtreu), this German flick has all the right twists and turns. On a quest to find a mysterious Turkish girl, this love-sick physics teacher picks up a quirky hitch hiker on the road out of Hamburg. With subtitles in Turkish, German, and English, you’ll feel like you traveled across Europe just from sitting in your living room. Plus there’s a really great pot-smoking scene. You’ll know what I mean after you see it. 

 

Intermission- Hailed as the Irish version of “Shortcuts”, this tightly written flick jumps around the different lives of characters such as jilted lovers, disgruntled bus drivers, bank robbers, and aspiring news anchors. Every scene is so deliciously (yet randomly) intertwined with the other that it’s a joy to see just how they’ll intersect. Plus it’s got Cillian Murphy and Colin Farrell. Yes.

A Life Less Ordinary- I’ve already spoken on this movie before. Just trust me. It’s good. 

 

 

 

 

Eagle Vs Shark- Featuring Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords, this New Zealand Napolean Dynamite is basically about those friends of yours who are nearing thirty but still haven’t had a boyfriend or girlfriend yet. Painfully awkward, funny, and cute, this cheesy satire is easy to please. Plus their accents are adorable

 

 

Amelie- Ok, you’ve totally heard of it. But come on, who doesn’t love a movie about a crazy/cute french waitress?

 

 

 

Babette’s Feast- This isn’t really a RomCom per se, but it is a comedy that features romance. Set in Scandanavia during the French Revolution, two strict Christian sisters decide to take in Babette, whose life has been devastated from the fighting in her home country. Unbeknownst to them, her superb cooking is just what their bland table (and town) needs. Whichever parent/in-law/woman you decide to watch this with will definitely give you a gold star in the mental score card they’re no doubt making about you.

 

TIE ME UP TIE ME DOWN!- My favorite Pedro Almodovar movie by far, this hilariously dark film features a psychopathic Antonio Banderas who begins to stalk an ex-lover. What begins as a hostage situation turns into a farce of affection, as the two deal with the impracticalities of keeping someone held against their will. Funny, realistic, and oh yeah, really hot sex scene. That’s sure to win your date over. 

 

 

Lars and the Real Girl- Some may consider this movie as a drama, but when you think about the synopsis, it’s hard not laugh. Lars (played by Ryan Gosling), buys a life-size sex doll and suffers from the delusion that it’s a real girl. Forcing the whole town to play along, the community bands together in order for Lars to cure whatever affliction forced him to skew reality in the first place. It’s definitely a cute movie, and there are some really touching parts that you can totally sneak an arm over the shoulder at. A+. 

 

The Cutting Edge- Maybe you’ve heard of it, if you’re at least 30 years old. But for some of us youngins, it takes a massive VHS purchase at a yardsale to unearth this time capsule of witty reparte and sexual tension. When a hockey player (D.B. Sweeney), loses his peripheral vision in a match, he decides to become a partner in an ice skating competition alongside a hot headed professional (Moira Kelly). Definitely a satisfying movie, and sure to make you ache for the 80s better than a Vh1 program. 

 

 

Happy watching, and good luck trying to make it to third base, fellas.

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