In honor of our upcoming Gala, (There’s still time to come- Click to get your ticket!) We will be counting down our most popular stories of all time that best show you our heart here at TLP. Here’s our most popular in the “Entertainment” category.
By no means am I an expert on the topic of romantic “comedies,” in fact I usually avoid them – on purpose.
1. They are usually more “ROM” than “COM” – meaning, more sappy romance than good comedy (or plot).
2. They aim at triggering a feeling which we (guys) don’t know how to handle, and revealing that “softer” side that no guy wants to show.
3. They are simply such bad stories, they are difficult to watch.
However, here are some recommendations (do’s and don’t’s) so you both can have a nice and romantic movie night. This is by no means a definitive “Top-(Whatever)-Movies-of-all-Time.” Only a few suggestions… Happy watching!
*Disclaimer- I don’t remember specifically the ratings on any particular movie- I am not endorsing (or not endorsing) any and all content in these movies- just going on the lasting impression that was left, after the fact.
Romantic movies a guy would watch and enjoy:
1. Did you hear about the Morgans? Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker are in the process of divorce when they are suddenly forced into the witness protection program – together. It’s a clever story and it gives a wink toward small town, gun-toting folk – something you don’t see every day from Hollywood.
2. Four Weddings and Funeral – Another Hugh Grant movie. This one is really, really funny, in that “British” sort of way.
3. The Wedding Singer – One of Adam Sandler’s first movies after leaving SNL. it’s based in the 80’s – a common plot of crossed and confused lives, but with some classic Sandler twists. And the Billy Idol cameo is great.
4. 50 First Dates – Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, again, in this unique story of impossible odds. Once more some of the SNL crew play minor, but very funny parts.
5. The Hunger Games – You’ve all seen it.
6. Shallow Hal – Jack Black plays opposite Gwyneth Paltrow (only in Hollywood), and that right there, is funny.
7. Shakespeare in Love – Gwyneth Paltrow, this time co-starring Ralph Fiennes, in a medley of Shakespearean dialogue.
8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding – This indie movie became very popular when it came out. It is very funny – Especially for couples of different ethnic backgrounds: you will enjoy the many parallels.
9. Hitch – I have to admit it, I even own this one on DVD. Will Smith is really great and “what’s-her-face” does a good job, too. It’s a good script with a couple of sub-plots running underneath the protagonists’. Kevin James is hilarity on screen.
10. Pretty in Pink – Just for the vintage factor, Molly Ringwald and Andy McCarthy, c’mon, gotta watch. For the record, I actually watched this back in its day. Yes, I am that old.
11. As Good as it Gets – Oscar winning/nominating performances by Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson. And it has one of the best one-liners, ever.
12. Moulin Rouge – Baz Luhrman is super genius. It’s a musical that doesn’t feel like one. I love the look, the costumes, the music, the cast – everything about it.
13. A Knight’s Tale – Another one with witty use of modern day tracks to tell an old story, and stars the late Heath Ledger. And there’s enough “coming-of-age/man-finds-his-roots” to be thoroughly entertaining for the burliest fella.
14. Shrek – Classic! Funny and very romantic, and a great moral at the end of the story. Eddie Murphy as a Donkey is fantastic.
15. UP – Loved it. Just warn your guy to brace for that low blow at the 10-minute-mark. You’ll see.
16. Edward Scissorhands – When you watch a Tim Burton film you know you’re in for something out of the ordinary. The aesthetics of this film are striking and Johnny Depp’s performance is, as usual, phenomenal.
17. 17 Again – Former heartthrob, Zac Efron (how quickly he got Bieber-ed out), plays a young Matthew Perry, in a story of a defeated middle-aged man who gets a chance to reconsider his life.
18. Slumdog Millionaire – One of my favorite directors, Danny Boyle, constructs a love story around an unbelievable tale of resilience and survival of an Indian lower cast. Award winning and deservedly so. Must see.
Romantic movies a guy would watch (for you) but be miserable, hate every second, and fight sleep the entire time:
1. The Notebook – Puh-leez. Don’t do that to anybody. I think I watched this one on a plane and was the only one who thought of it as a comedy, which it is not.
2. Pretty Woman – Every movie relies on your “Suspension of Disbelief”: where you turn off your critical brain to accept the plot and premise of the movie. Enter, Julia Roberts as a prostitute and Richard Gere as a super rich guy. He hires her and falls in love with her – after the first hook-up, I think. Then, Mr. Rich Guy wants to buy her all kinds of expensive crap. So much that it’s really stupid.
3. ANY of the Twilight movies…. Any one of all seven of them!
4. When Harry Met Sally – Billy Crystal. Really?
5. The Wedding Planner – Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McCaunaghey trying to have chemistry. Hint: they have about as much as oil has with water.
6. Bridget Jones’ Diary – If you ever had to sit through Renee Zellwegger’s English accent, I am sorry. It was unbearable. I think I’d rather hear Keanu Reeve’s accent in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
7. You’ve Got Mail/Sleepless in Seattle – These are supposed to be two separate movies, aren’t they? Could have fooled me.
8. Dirty Dancing – Patrick Swayze and “who-knows-who-she-was-anyways,” starred in this story of (read in movie guy’s voice for added effect) forbidden love and forbidden dance; and it’s annoying in more ways than one. For one, the movie goes to Hollywood’s default portrait of the conservative prude who is a retrograde and won’t let his daughter live her dreams… How long have they been using that archetype?
9. Ghost – Just to think that it was Whoopie Goldberg’s body kissing Demi Moore… on he mouth…for a long time. If you haven’t seen it, Whoopie is possessed by the spirit of Demi’s late husband (who is played by Patrick Swayze). So Demi makes out with Whoopie! Ewwwww…
10. Out of Africa – Robert Redford and Meryl Streep are some of the most talented actors in the industry but not together – no on-screen chemistry. I will say it has some great cinematography though.
11. The Crying Game – spoiler alert: in the end she’s a dude.
12. Titanic – You have to sit through THREE flipping hours to find out what you already know! The boat sinks, people die, the water’s cold… Really?? REALLY?!?!
Now, before all you haters hate- just keep in mind, this is my humble opinion. Nothing more.
Do you agree? Disagree?
I’d love to hear from you in a comment below…