Category: Rom-Com

“Love & Other Drugs”

8.1

“Sometimes the things you want the most don’t happen, and what you least expect happens. I don’t know; you meet thousands of people, and none of them really touch you. And then you meet one person, and your life is changed forever.”

Another film that I was led to by a Tik Tok. However, this time, I was pleasantly surprised by this powerhouse of a romantic comedy! I never expected the “they learn from each other to become better people and build a deep connection” to be this well-executed and impactful! I may have even become a bit misty-eyed at the finale. Separately, on the surface, they’re genuinely terrible people. The classic “you’ve met your match” scenario, where our leads bring out both the best and worst in each other. Through this wild ride of a whirlwind romance, you get just as lost in the blinding infatuation as the characters do.

It even contains some insightful commentary on the healthcare field and pharmaceutical industry. The other pharma reps duking it out in the corporate world. A disillusioned physician searching for the meaning that called him to the profession. Another unexpected well of insight and narrative depth that gave this film much more of a well-rounded sense of profundity to balance the levity of Jamie and Maggie’s no strings attached love affair.

“Book Club”

8.2

Some will think I’m crazy for this score, but that’s what the comment section’s for. I’ve always had a soft spot for this one.

A hilarious premise gets a warm depth built around it with the relationships between the four friends and their respective gents. Each couple’s arch is played as well as cast to perfection.

This film gets to the more profound meaning better than most and tackles an array of insights with relative ease. It’s one I left the theater rather inspired by. Glad to see it hasn’t lost any of its charms since then.

“Marry Me”

7.7

To quote my man Owen Wilson, “Wow.”

This was much better than expected! A cinematic flashback to a time when quality rom-coms were regularly showing in theaters and not relegated to my Netflix watchlist. Not that Netflix hasn’t carried the torch admirably, but I miss these being on the big screen this time of year to inspire us all to be a little more open and vulnerable with each other. To take a wild leap of faith. They’re adult fairytales that inspire us to get a little out past our skis every once in a while. Sometimes those wild shots in the dark lead to beautifully fulfilling destinations.

A reasonably unlikely pair, but a potent reminder of the charm of Owen Wilson and the humanity of J-Lo. Well done by all involved!

“I Want You Back”

7.8

Oh my god! They fell in love WITH EACH OTHER after trying to force their failed relationships?!?!? NO WAY!!!

Cynicism aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Not only because I loved the cast, but because it was a well-told story with heart. Heartful people committing heartless acts with good intentions. That tension leads to some great chemistry and humor. Prime Video gunning for Netflix’s domination of the romantic comedy genre with this one.

I think we’ve all been there and can all see where and how this one ends, but it’s still a fun ride. Unless you’re currently in the “I’m going to win them back” stage of a breakup. In which case, I feel for you. (Not that I’ve ever done it *wink*) You will get through this and be able to laugh at the complete ass you are about to make of yourself. It’s all in the name of character growth. The key is to buy chocolate or ice cream you can later eat yourself to drown the humiliation. Then you can watch this movie and laugh instead of cry.

“The Break-Up”

6.2

To be honest, a Tik Tok of the “She’s been through a lot” scene brought me to watch this movie. Honestly, that was one of the few bright spots in what ends up being a pretty… blah film.

Credit to Vince Vaughn for making a career on the exact same character, movie after movie. It’s the eighth wonder of the world.

I think the a-ha moment in this one is that men and women communicate differently and sometimes want different things out of life and relationships. Without communication, it all falls apart. Nothing a little manipulation can’t make much, much worse.