Just because I work in the wedding industry does not mean I am all about RomComs. My movie choices are usually some kind of historical “based on a true story” situation. That or a dark comedy or dramedy.
However, I do like a good, fluffy feel-good flick once in a while, and there are five I tend to fall back on for a low-key Friday night:
- THE WEDDING PLANNER
I think this one was probably a given, as weddings are what I do, but I do enjoy this one. I think it has a lot of real emotion and tension between Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConeghey, so it is, at times, somewhat believable. I think it does a good job of dancing around the questions related to what we want versus what we have when it comes to love.
- I FEEL PRETTY
I love Amy Schumer. LOVE. While I don’t think this is an amazingly stellar movie, it is hard not to identify with the body issues and self-love concerns women deal with. If we don’t love ourselves, how dare we ask anyone else to? (If you haven’t seen this movie, she’s an insecure IT professional for a major makeup brand who falls and konks her head at SoulCycle. When she wakes up, she has all the confidence in the world.)
- 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU
If you don’t love this movie, I can’t be certain that you ever seen a movie. This is probably my favorite movie not only in this genre, but maybe in all of cinematic history. Based on Shakespeare The Taming of the Shrew, this modern update is all things 1990s and absolutely worthy of a big bowl of buttery popcorn and Cherry Coke (my default theatre treats).
Maybe not the first film that comes to mind when we think of romcoms, but that’s probably why it’s a favorite! Another modern revival that is everything the original would want. This one, based on Jane Austin’s Emma, is iconic and classic. I do not care how many times I watch this movie, I love it more every time. (CONFESSION: I miss mini backpack purses and chunky shoes.)
- CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE
I don’t love ensemble casts. A good movie isn’t guaranteed byt stuffing as many big names into two hours as I can. But this movie, filled to the credits with all the names–Steve Carrell, Julianne More, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Marissa Tomei–is the exception. So many comedic twists and turns (some believable, others not so much) are balances with some pretty sweet and sentimental actions (the kind you *want* to be real) make this an easy addition to this list.
While I am most likely to be found watching something like Munich, Pearl Harbor, or something along those lines, a little RomCom once in a while is necessary. If you had to add a sixth to list list, which one would you choose?
Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer. She provides services to elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullest! See more about the KLP Wedding Experience!
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