As a romantic comedy enthusiast, I was excited to see Leap Year. It had all the elements of a decent romantic comedy: adorable heroine, scruffy but handsome leading man, beautiful scenery… but the script was just plain awful. Cheesy, predictable, cliché. Luckily I used free movie passes, otherwise I would have asked for my money back, haha, kidding!
The terribleness of this movie led me to ponder my Top 10 favorite romantic comedies. These are the movies I can’t pass up if I see them playing on cable TV.
I can’t count the number of times I have seen this movie. On a trip to Taiwan in 2008, this movie was on continuous repeat on HBO, one of the very few English channels. So we watched it over and over… and I laughed every time!! Hugh Grant is so deadpan, and so hysterical.
We have to watch Love Actually every year come December; it’s the perfect feel-good, holiday film! My two favorite storylines are probably a) the one with Colin Firth as the writer and his non-English speaking housekeeper, and b) Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister and his (short-lived) assistant, Martine McCutcheon. Hrmm, this is the 3rd movie on my list with Hugh Grant… I didn’t realize I liked him so much!
My #1, all-time, absolute favorite: an oldie but a goodie. I ALWAYS have to watch this one when it’s on cable! Julia Roberts and Richard Gere have this perfect chemistry (which unfortunately, wasn’t quite replicated in their second attempt,
).And the best makeover/shopping scene ever!
A few more that would have made the list if I made it a Top 15: Serendipity, About a Boy, Shall We Dance, My Best Friend's Wedding and the Wedding Planner.
What romantic comedies are on your list?!