With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to curl up with your sweetie and watch these sweet romantic comedies that’ll keep you and your honey smiling until the end credits!
1. “Bridget Jones’s Diary”
In one of the most hilarious portrayals of life as a thirty-something, English singleton Bridget Jones (RenéeZellweger) is a bit plump, a smoker and yearning for a lifestyle change. So as a new year starts, she resolves to lose weight, smoke less and find love, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. Love is still complicated and harder than ever for the perpetually inappropriate Bridget, but in a sea of frothy romantic comedies, “Bridget Jones” is refreshingly normal. This heroine’s imperfections and honestymake her all the more perfect…just the way she is. Bonus: one of Bridget’s love interests, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) doubles as a Jane Austen foil!
2. “Punch-Drunk Love”
Probably one of the most off-beat romantic comedies out there, starring Adam Sandler as Barry, a repressed businessman prone to fits of rage and bouts of crying. He finds his equal in Lena (Emily Watson), a woman who laughs at his long-winded jokes and really seems to understand him. You’ll definitely root for the underdog as Barry is extorted by a phone sex operator and runs a scam on pudding for millions of frequent-flyer miles that he doesn’t have plans to use. It all converges into a pretty likeable movie that’s funny in part because it’s just so darn cute.
3. “Fever Pitch”
When workaholic Lindsey (Drew Barrymore) meets math teacher Ben (Jimmy Fallon), sparks fly and romance follows. But things turn out not to be so rosy when Lindsey figures out she’s got to compete with Ben’s undying love for the Red Sox. Woven through the 2007 baseball season, the couple tries to make a relationship work around night games and morning meetings, but it’s more of a struggle than they imagined. Barrymore keeps it light with her trademark charm while future “Tonight Show” host Fallon hits it out of the park as the Sox most dedicated/obsessive fan.
4. “Much Ado About Nothing”
Based on the Shakespeare play of the same name, Kenneth Branagh’s take on the classic work brings all the drama, laughter and love of the original. Keeping with Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter, “Much Ado About Nothing” tells the story of Benedick (Branagh) and Beatrice (Emma Thompson), a quick-witted pair who loathe each other (and the idea of marriage) but are thrown together by conspiring young couple Hero and Claudio. Love blossoms among flowery language and between two characters that are obviously perfect for each other but refuse to see it. This “Comedy of Errors” boasts quite the cast and is the perfect example of Shakespeare done right.
5. “Love Actually”
While “Love Actually” is set during the Christmas season, it’s definitely still relevant when Valentine’s Day rolls around. Focusing on several different couples dealing with love over the holiday season, it’s a prime example of love appearing in many forms. From an almost irrelevant pop star with a cheesy holiday hit to a love triangle that’ll bring a tear to your eye, “Love Actually” is one of those films that’ll get you laughing and then warm your heart. The best part? It’s filled with actors you had no idea were British but will recognize from your favorite TV shows.
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