With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, whether you’re single, in a not-so-reciprocal relationship with your family pet, or happily loved up, you’ll no doubt be stuffing your face with sugary tokens of love in the form of discount chocolate. So grab that human sized pillow, and get ready to feel the love!
Regina Featherstone, Editor-in-Chief
How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days (2003)
I know Matthew McConaughey had that whole McConaissance thing where he won an Oscar and became a ‘serious’ actor but I feel like whoever coined that term hasn’t seen this gem. He’s gone downhill from this 2003 Rom-Com tbh. How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days is one of the greatest Rom-Coms to appear in my Christmas stocking and boy did I get a few of them. Southern and masculine Ben (who works in advertising and grew up in NY lol) meets serious-but-stuck-in-a-grind “journalist” Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) but little do they know, each had a reason for keeping the other around. You automatically like the plot because it’s two people keeping ~professional~ secrets from one another but their HEARTS CAN’T LIE SO YOU KNOW THE END = LOVE.
Phillip Leason, Regulars Editor
I Love You, Man (2009)
If, like myself, you’ve spent every V-Day in memory alone eating cookie dough and softly sobbing, then a traditional Rom-Com probably isn’t quite what you’re after this time of year. Instead I steer you towards this touching tale of blossoming bro-mance, a reminder that friendship love, and perhaps a platonic lick of your air-bass is all you need. Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) has given up on finding friends or having a best man at his wedding when he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) and they form a strange relationship over fish tacos and their love of the band Rush. Their platonic love for each other becomes taboo, and they have hurdles to overcome before the people in their lives can understand what it is they have.
It’s a film for the ages, so when I say to you, ‘I Love You, Man is the greatest Brom-Com of all time.’ You say, ‘Yeah, no, how about of all time? All time.’
Yehuda Aharon, Features Editor
The Hundred Foot Journey (2014)
While I’m not too hot about Rom-Coms, I love food, eating it, smelling it, cooking it, even watching it get cooked. If anything could pull me through two hours of predictable plot lines and cliché get-togethers it would be great food. This movie throws you into the heat of the kitchen and then before you know it you are hoping Hassan gets the girl and that he impresses the chef across the road.
The story is about multiculturalism, good food and love. Hassan and his very large, very loud family move to a quiet town in rural France where they hope to set up a restaurant. Hassan bumps into a lovely local chef, Margarite as she returns from the markets and then we are in motion. Tensions arise as the Restaurant across the road, where Margarite works, becomes increasingly competitive and tries to put Hassan and his family out of business.
You could watch this with you valentine, or your fellow foodie, even as a lone foodie – it is pretty much foodie porn anyway but I’d recommend you save dinner until afterwards because you’re going to eat and pass out on the couch.
Aura Lee, Marketing Manager
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt … that is all.
Amy Hadley, Deputy Editor
It could be a stretch to call Bridesmaids a Rom-Com, but it certainly won’t stop me raving about it. This film ticks all of my boxes – the Kristen Wiig/Maya Rudolph combination, wedding planning, and poop jokes. Annie (Kristen Wiig) is chosen to be Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) maid of honour in her upcoming wedding. She soon finds herself competing with the ethereal Helen (Rose Byrne) to keep her position of Lillian’s BFF. Annie is consumed by the competition and only the charming yet goofy Irish cop Officer Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd) can convince Annie not to continue being a dipshit. Best parts? When Annie calls a 13 year old a cu*t.
This film is a perfect pick for Valentine’s Day if you are perpetually single, love a fantastic female-driven cast, or you need inspiration to pull your shit together.
Angela Heathcote, Online Editor
Say Anything (1989)
I’m still waiting for the day that somebody… anybody makes the grand romantic gesture of standing outside my window with a boom box blaring “I SEE THE DOORWAY TO A THOUSAND CHURCHES IN YOUR EYES!” Say Anything is an 80s classic. I will forever be a gigantic sucker for any 80s/John Hughes directed coming of age, Rom-Com spectacular. For me, the ultimatum of studying in paris, or remaining with your high school sweetheart never gets old. It’s John Cusack before he went all film noir, and the only reason I can find in my heart to forgive him for doing Hot Tub Time Machine.
Ellen Barrett, Advertising Manager
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Literally it doesn’t get any better than this. Nia Vardalos is hilarious as Toula Portokalos who, upon discovering contacts lenses and makeup, transforms from shy ugly duckling to confident Greek Goddess and falls for the adorable Ian Miller (Jon Corbett). They keep their delightfully awkward yet heart-warming love a secret until *GASP* the family finds out that Toula is dating a non-Greek vegetarian. Spoiler Alert: They get married, her family come to accept him and it’s beautiful. If you believe in true love and the healing power of windex then this is the movie for you.
Rebecca McMartin, Copy Editor
CRAZY STUPID LOVE (2011)
It might be super corny and contain plenty of cringe-worthy monologues about soulmates, but I was taken to watch this movie by my boyfriend on our first date, so Crazy, Stupid Love has a special place on my DVD shelf. And with a shirtless Ryan Gosling talking about his feelings, wouldn’t it be on yours too? This semi-heartfelt cross laugh-out-loud film follows several interconnecting characters who each try to find what love is or what it means to them. This all-star cast looks at the crazy love, the stupid love, or just the love at every stage in life. I will forever wish someone would tell me that I was the perfect combination of sexy and cute, but I will settle for recreating that scene from Dirty Dancing with Ryan Gosling.