Thursday Movie Picks: Romantic Comedies


Happy Valentine's Day, all! It's getting romantic over at Wandering Through The Shelves and this week it's all about romantic comedies. Those films are never my cup of tea, but the one rule I gave myself was that I couldn't use any of the films I chose back in 2015 when we last had this topic. Here are three more rom coms I love.

1) Crazy Rich Asians

This is probably my second favorite rom com of all time. I loved this movie so much more than I expected too. It was just so wonderfully made.

2) Just Friends

This film isn't the greatest but it's one I always enjoyed. Amy Smart is an actress I wish got more work. 

3) Never Been Kissed

Along with 10 Things I Hate About You, this is one of those rom coms that has always stuck with me. It's such a ridiculous premise but I liked it a lot when I was a teen. 

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  1. Crazy Rich Asians is really good. One of my favorites growing up, was "My best Friend's Wedding", it used to run a lot on our local tv station. Also, "10 things I hate about you" is a classic

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    1. I never cared much for My Best Friends Wedding but I love 10 Things.

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  2. NEVER BEEN KISSED!!! I loved that movie (and yes, 10 Things I Hate About You, which is probably the best teen rom-com ever).

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    1. Agreed. Nothing has ever topped 10 things. That still holds up.

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  3. I love Just Friends so much! I have to watch it every Christmas.

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    1. It's a good one! It's been a while since I've rewatched, I should do that again.

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  4. I waited to see Crazy Rich Asians until it was out of the theatre since the hype on it was so big but found it very enjoyable once I finally did. One of the things I liked about it was that it respected its audience enough not to spell everything out for them in minute detail but trusted us to follow by instinct.

    Just Friends was just okay though the leads are appealing.

    Never Been Kissed's premise is absurd but then that's often the case in romantic comedy so it didn't bother me too much. Drew is charming in it and the whole film goes down easy.

    I did a theme within the theme to help winnow down the plethora of choices and focused on one of the kings of the genre-Cary Grant.

    The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)-Playboy artist Richard Nugent (Cary Grant) appears before Judge Margaret Turner (Myrna Loy) for fighting at a nightclub, after a stern warning she dismisses the charge. That same day, Nugent happens to lecture at a high school, where Margaret's teenage sister, Susan (Shirley Temple), falls head-over-heels for him. Things get complicated when Susan sneaks into and is found in his apartment. Back before Judge Turner she orders him to date Susan as a way of easing her attraction. It only gets crazier from there as Richard (now Dickie) embraces his rediscovered teenhood while finding himself attracted to Margaret and vice versa. Breezy comedy (which won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar) is Shirley’s best adult film with all three stars working at top speed.

    Indiscreet (1958)-Theatre star Anna Kalman (Ingrid Bergman) meets banker and diplomat Philip Adams (Cary Grant) when she’s visiting her sister and brother-in-law (Phyllis Calvert & Cecil Parker who steal every scene they’re in) in London. After a brief flirtation they fall in love but Philip is married and things seem hopeless until Anna discovers something that puts everything in a new light. Lush, charming comedy with Cary & Ingrid perfectly matched.

    Houseboat (1958)-Tom Winston (Cary Grant) is struggling to raise his three children on his own after his wife's death. He meets the charming and beautiful Cinzia Zaccardi (Sophia Loren) at a concert and hires her as a live-in nanny. Unbeknownst to Tom, Cinzia is actually a European socialite on the run from her domineering father (Harry Guardino) and has absolutely no experience with cooking, cleaning or raising children. The fiery Cinzia and staid Tom butt heads until they discover a shared attraction. Cary & Sophia were seriously involved (and almost married) during filming.

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    1. He definitely had that niche back in the day. I haven't seen any of these ones though, I've only seen a few of his films.

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    2. The Bachelor & the Bobby-Soxer in particular is a very fun film. It has that romantic angle but is more slanted towards comedy with Cary having a terrific time as he throws around the teen slang of the day.

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    3. Cary Grant! Ingrid Bergman! Indiscreet is perfect Joel!

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  5. I liked Crazy Rich Asians a lot, but didn't quite LOVE it (outside of Awkwafina, who is HILARIOUS). Never Been Kissed, though... LOVE. Even though it's ridiculous. Drew Barrymore is just the best. And Michael Vartan... SWOON.

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  6. Just Friends is on Netflix so I'll probably check it out before they remove it :)

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  7. Crazy Rich Asians is the only I've seen and I enjoyed it. I can't believe I still haven't seen Never Been Kissed.

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    1. It's such a classic! I'm sure it would be super cringy today so I don't know if I'd recommend it anymore lol

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  8. Never Been Kissed was... OK.... I still haven't seen Crazy Rich Asians while I did enjoy Just Friends. Yes, Amy Smart is underrated and why she doesn't get involved in more films is beyond me.

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    1. She was so good in The Butterfly Effect, I always thought her career was going to take off after that.

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  9. I enjoyed Never Ben Kissed even though it’s dumb as hell. I still have to see Crazy Rich Asians (hahaha I almost wrote Aliens which would be a fun rom com I think). I never saw Just Friends..maybe one day

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    1. You should definitely check out Crazy Rich Asians. It's fantastic.

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  10. I can't believe I didn't think of Never Been Kissed. It's such an adorable film.

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  11. Great picks! I love Just Friends. My sister and I quote it all the time. That freak-out he has in the car is classic.

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  12. I didn't love CRA, but I did enjoy it. Loads of fun, with great performances. I really like Just Friends, too. Surprisingly, I haven't seen Never Been Kissed.

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    1. Ahh Never Been Kissed is classic! I'm afraid to re-watch it now, the premise is so stupid.

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