Definitely rated R. Not for family streaming during quarantine. However, if you’re looking for a pleasant twist on the modern rom-com, with 2 people learning from each other, friendship, struggle, addiction, intimacy, and hooking up… then have I got the movie for you! Plus, Brittany Snow… *heart eyes*
This road trip between complete strangers really goes the distance, and explores the depths of intimacy and the deeper meanings behind our relationships with one another, be it platonic or romantic. The two leads play off each other extremely well and have the perfect chemistry as polar opposites that of course attract in the end. Strap-in, get ready for an interesting ride. Again, probably without kids around.
Cheesy – Check
Romantical – Check
Happy Ending – Check
Yep… this one’s got every ingredient for a solid Disney Chanel original movie. An adorable love story, with some good chuckles along the way. Coincidently, also the reason I got into watching “Modern Family.” Making my way through the nostalgia of the Disney+ library this week.
How does Ryan Reynolds do it? He plays virtually the same character in every movie… and it always works!?! Any-who… this Christmas-time tale of wisdom regarding the dreaded “friend zone” will forever live on in infamy. Not only for its cinematic genius within the genre, but for its relatability and wisdom. A definite classic.
Nancy Meyers at the height of her powers… this one cranks the cheesiness up to 11 and doesn’t let up the entire runtime! Jude Law is flawlessly charming, Jack Black gives him a run for his money in this whimsical tale of romance starring across from two of Hollywood’s most beautiful and charming leading ladies, Late Winslet and Cameron Diaz. The subtle nod to the golden age of Hollywood and the intertwining of trailer cuts with the incomparable Don LaFontaine is cinematic perfection! The cherry on top of this over the top sweet film… one of the most underrated of Hans Zimmer’s scores delicately soaring through the story. Highly recommend as a holiday away from the slow movie release week.
What if… a Hallmark Channel movie script accidentally got forwarded to the wrong office on the studio lot, cast two leads out of the story’s league, and set everything to a legendary soundtrack? You’d get this film. Henry Golding was destined to play the dashing lead in romantic comedies. Guy even has my vote for the next James Bond. The best of all of the rom-com tropes are on display, and just the right amount of Christmas is sprinkled on top. The twist at the end caught me almost more off-guard than “Avengers: Endgame.” Definitely a heartfelt kick-off to the holiday season.