Category: Rom-Com

“The Kissing Booth 2”

8.4

Damn you, Netlfix! I knew exactly how this was going to go, and I still loved every awkward, ultimately lovable second!

Shocker… they have relationship troubles when Hunk 1 moves to the other side of the country and has the audacity to befriend a young woman who also goes to Harvard.

Shocker… Hunk 2 moves into Elle’s life just in time to save her from having to find something to do with her free time other than destroying her best friend’s relationship with his girlfriend who puts up with way too much shit from him if you ask me. Like, bro, you’re straight up neglecting this girl who is moving heaven and earth to be with you. You repay this loyalty with making her a third wheel in her own relationship.

Movie then pulls a “surprise” on our two main love birds by basically pulling a “When Harry Met Sally.” “She’s just my friend from school, babe. You know, like you and Noah.” This leaves hunk 2 with the sequel bait line “she’s worth it” line at the end, to let us know his quest for Elle’s heart isn’t over yet. But to be honest, she played him just to win that DDR tournament and pay for Harvard. You can do better Hunk 2, I’m rooting for you in the next one.

In all honesty, they haven’t seen the end of “When Harry Met Sally.” This is going to turn into Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend” real quick in part 3…

“The Kissing Booth”

8.5

So predictable, yet still so good…

A tale as old as time of forbidden love, almost ruined friendships, and a happy ending no matter how sideways things go between the second and third act. Yet again, Netflix proving that its logo is red because it does love stories better than any other streaming service out there!

The breakout star from the Perron family made famous by the original “Conjuring” film really comes into her own as leading lady of this fateful fall in love fairytale. Mix in a kickass sound track and her real life boyfriend (insert shocked face after seeing the onscreen chemistry), and you have another hit rom-com. Although, the height difference between them will never not drive me insane. But that’s a movie review guy problem, not the film’s problem.

“A Nice Girl Like You”

8.1

A pleasantly surprising, delightfully funny, ravishingly raunchy film.

Definitely one of those deep cuts in the iTunes store that I used to stumble upon during my trips to the cinema during Oscar season or trying to escape the summer heat in the comfort of multiplex A/C. The “oh, that sounds interesting” that turns out to be amazing.

A film that really fires on all cylinders, with perfect comedic timing and a genuine chemistry between cast members. Lucy Hale knocks it out of the park as the lead, in search of personal discover and growth. A lot of genuine laughs and moments that make you go “awe…”

“Desperados”

8.1

Netflix rom-com… can’t go wrong.

A hilarious tale of revenge, love, calamity, and friendship. Checks all the boxes without blatantly being cheesy. Lamorne Morris kills it as the friend who successfully converts on 4th and long to become the love interest in the end. A touch too silly and outrageous at times, but overall, just the light-hearted fun you look for in these movies.

“Palm Springs”

8.4

That was a fun hour and a half! This may be my favorite “Groundhog Day” / “We get stuck in a time loop” movie. I am thoroughly impressed. Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti (the mom from “How I Met Your Mother”) have legitimate chemistry and rock both the romantic and comedy of this rom-com for the ages! JK Simmons has the cameo of the summer. Everything about this is a win. An all around fun movie, with a lot of heart and a lot of laughs. Here’s to finding that special someone you’d get stuck in an infinite time loop with.