Happy Galentine’s Day! At Smoosh, we hope you’re getting to celebrate with your fave ladies, and if not, hopefully this serves as a reminder to text, call, or message your closest gals to celebrate the beauty of female friendship (see the photo below from Shannon's wedding)! To celebrate Galentine’s Day and help prepare you for Valentine’s Day (tomorrow!), we wanted to share with you our favorite, and official Smoosh-approved, romantic comedies.
Whether single or in a relationship, there’s nothing like a good romantic comedy that makes you feel all the feels without making you sick from the sickly sweet cheesiness of romance. Here at Smoosh, we put our heads together and compiled a list of all our favorite romantic comedies that are actually smartly written and not overly cheesy. We also consulted some of our guy friends, and guess what? Most of them are guy-approved! So if you want to have a romantic evening watching movies and cuddling up to your significant other without making the poor boy endure another episode of The Bachelor, consider adding these movies to your roster. They are also excellent options for Galentine’s Day, a night in with your main ladies, or just a quiet evening by yourself. Here they are in alphabetical order, with short (edited) descriptions from imdb as well as a few of the reasons we love these movies so much. After you read, click on the movie titles to watch the trailers!
A girl makes a wish on her thirteenth birthday and wakes up the next day as a 30-year-old woman. Jennifer Garner, one of America’s sweethearts, plays a 13-year-old stuck in a 30-year-old’s body so well. Trying to navigate an adult life with the mind-set of a 13-year-old would naturally be full of mishaps, but she plays it off in such a sweet and vulnerable way. You also get to watch her try to reconnect with her childhood best friend, who she realizes she lost touch with as an adult. As she tries to become a better person as her new adult self, we watch her realize her true feelings for her dorky best friend from youth (who is also played by Mark Ruffalo!). This movie reminds us of the importance of friendship, family, and staying true to who we are and never forgetting where you came from. It’s also full of great 1980s references and music!
Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy (Drew Barrymore). They hit it off, and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams — until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day. This is a very unique and well-written film, made even better by the successful chemistry of Sandler and Barrymore (they’ve made three rom-coms together). Sandler and Rob Schneider (who plays Henry’s native Hawaiian best friend) are hilarious, and Barrymore is as sweet and spunky as ever.
If you’re looking for something a little more recent, we recommend The Big Sick! Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner (Zoe Kazan) fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter), his family's expectations, and his true feelings. The majority of The Bick Sick actually revolves around Kumail’s relationship with Emily’s parents, which is tense but full of humor and its own kind of charm. Ray Romano in particular gets to deliver some of the funniest lines in the film. The film also dives into Kumail’s relationship with his own parents, who are devout Muslims and desperate for him to marry a Muslim Pakastani girl as he questions his faith. The movie dives into Kumail and Emily’s relationship before, during, and after Emily falls ill and provides a unique take on a rom com by finding humor amidst a serious health scare. The film is also largely based and inspired by Kumail’s real life experience meeting and falling in love with his wife, Emily V. Gordon, and the two wrote the film together! This is one that Shannon in particular really enjoyed and thinks you will, too, especially if you enjoy dry humor.
A middle-aged husband's (Steve Carell) life changes dramatically when his wife (Julianne Moore) asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob (Ryan Gosling), who teaches him to pick up girls at bars. This all-star cast also features Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, and Marisa Tomei. Not only does this film have romance — pre-La La Land Gosling and Stone, anyone? — but it also oozes with bromance. Gosling is just as irresistible as ever, and him and Carrel play off each other well. Heartwarming and heartbreaking with a surprising twist in the middle, this film delves into real love and how it can be crazy, stupid, and worth fighting for.
With his only daughter's wedding approaching, a father (Steve Martin) finds himself reluctant to let go. Father of the Bride is special in that while it does contain the love story between partners, the film focuses on the love of a father for his only daughter. This will pull anyone’s heartstrings, but not to worry — it’s also laugh-out-loud funny. Any time you put Steve Martin and Martin Short in a movie together, you know it’s going to hilarious. Plus, Diane Keaton is great as the steadfast, voice-of-reason mother of the bride.
Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey) is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) covers the "How To" beat for Composure magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made. This movie is full of Andie’s hilarious efforts to be the worst and most obnoxious girlfriend ever, while Benjamin (Bennie Boo Boo) refuses to leave her, no matter how crazy it gets. These two actors have excellent chemistry, and it’s one of our favorite chick flicks and Diane’s top pick!
A young Greek woman (Nia Vardalos) falls in love with a non-Greek (John Corbett) and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity. This hilarious comedy, written by Nia Vardalos herself, is full of life lessons, female empowerment, crazy family members, and a seriously incredible cast. Diane would argue that this film has some of the best dialogue and writing on this list.
A cruel but beautiful heiress (Goldie Hawn) mocks and cheats her hired carpenter (Kurt Russell) out of his payday. When she gets amnesia after an accident, he decides to get revenge by introducing her to regular life by convincing her they're husband and wife. The acting in this film is top-notch, the writing is genius, and real-life couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are delightful together. Plus, if you didn’t know, Hawn and Russell’s daughter is Kate Hudson, so these rom-com chops definitely run in the family.
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride, a fairy tale adventure about a young woman and her one true love. If you haven’t seen this movie, honestly, we are in shock (did you never have a rainy day in elementary school where they had to keep you inside at recess?? ). With characters like the inconceivable Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, and Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, this true classic is one that everyone who consumes any type of media should see. It’s full of romance, sword fights, magic, and rodents of unusual size (R.O.U.S).
Pushy boss Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) forces her young assistant, Andrew (Ryan Reynolds), to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada. It becomes even more complicated as Andrew is forced to bring Margaret to Alaska to meet his family to keep up appearances and please the relentless immigration clerk. Bullock and Reynolds are perfect for this, and their characters are absolutely charming. Bullock puts on an excellent comedic performance in this classic “fish out of water” and “opposites attract” love story. Plus, we get a solid dose of Betty White. This is also one of Diane’s favorite movies ever!
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own. Cooper and JLaw have a quirky kind of chemistry in this, and their characters share mental illness in common. As a result, this film is witty with quick dialogue and funny awkward moments, making you simultaneously cringe and burst out laughing. Plus, this is the film that earned JLaw her Academy Award. Shannon’s husband, Zach, really likes this film, and it is his favorite on our list.
Robbie (Adam Sandler), a singer, and Julia (Drew Barrymore), a waitress, are both engaged — but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other. This is the first time these two actors shared the screen together, and it’s wonderful and arguably the best Sandler/Barrymore film. With the movie taking place in the 1980s, the music and ’80s references alone make this film worth watching. It’s a very sweet, fun, and light-hearted movie — perfect for a Valentine’s Day in . . . and it’s Shannon’s favorite movie ever!!
What are some of your favorite romantic comedies? Let us know in the comments!
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