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Old 11-19-2017, 10:12 AM
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Default The Short List: Romantic Comedies

No particular order:

1. Sixteen Candles
2. His Girl Friday
3. Breakfast at Tiffany's
4. Groundhog Day
5. Desk Set How to Marry a Millionaire

Desk Set is a better movie but How to Marry a Millionaire has the better laughs.
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:24 AM
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1. Groundhog Day
2. The Shop Around the Corner
3. Singin' in the Rain
4. The Big Sick
5. Four Weddings and a Funeral

or Clueless? I dunno
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:13 AM
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:44 AM
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Old 11-19-2017, 02:30 PM
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Old 11-19-2017, 07:13 PM
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1. You've Got Mail
2. Try Again Later
3. Letters to Juliet
4. Return to Sender
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Old 11-21-2017, 07:55 PM
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This is the only thing mentioned in this thread that I’ve seen and I do endorse it.

Wait, I did see 10 Things I Hate About You as a kid and hold it in high esteem. Also, She’s All That. Can’t verify whether or not they are good.

I don’t generally watch rom coms because opposite-gender romance is not a main draw in and of itself to me. I once sought out gay rom coms and they were very bad. Not for this thread.

Two Apatow productions I know I’ve watched and enjoyed: Trainwreck and Love.
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:02 PM
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On that note, I Love You, Man, which totally counts.

Also good answers: The Truth About Cats & Dogs, How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days, Shaun of the Dead and The Big Sick.
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:16 PM
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The Taming of the Shrew is always a good one, and Liz Taylor blew the roof off her version IMO
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:23 PM
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The Taming of the Shrew is always a good one, and Liz Taylor blew the roof off her version IMO
Speaking of adaptations of The Taming of the Shrew, 10 Things I Hate About You is honestly a pretty good rom-com with a surprisingly nuanced portrayal of teenage feminism.
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Old 11-20-2017, 07:39 PM
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On that note, I Love You, Man, which totally counts.
If nothing else, it makes me want to try my hand at fish tacos.

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Old 11-21-2017, 07:59 PM
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Oh, I’ve seen American Pie, too. And perhaps its first sequel. Holy shit that Shannon Elizabeth subplot has aged poorly, at least if I’m remembering it correctly.
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Old 11-20-2017, 08:32 AM
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I think Punch Drunk Love is a dark rom-com. Somewhat light on the "dark" but it's there.
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Old 11-20-2017, 08:40 AM
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Definitely Punch Drunk Love. I'd also put Rushmore up there, though it ends on a happy note.
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Old 11-20-2017, 09:17 AM
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Romcoms are a funny genre, because there's thousands of them, yet only a scant handful of that number are actually any good, let alone memorable.

And yet, the only two I care to name are Better Off Dead (simply for the recurring delivery boy gag and the living dinner bit) and There's Something About Mary (as a Minnesotan by upbringing, any Brett Farve jokes are low fruit for me).
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Old 11-20-2017, 09:25 AM
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I think rom coms get a bad rap, especially because comedies in general are usually high volume/low budget and not exactly made for the long tail audience.

e: My God, just look at Seann William Scott's filmography. I was in the target audience for his work and most of these titles are still totally unknown to me.
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Old 11-20-2017, 11:51 AM
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1. The Wedding Singer
2. 50 first dates
3. Ummm. that one where they got to Africa and Terry Crews is there and he bounces his pecs and acts all goofy... Jumanji?
4. Billy Madison
5. Billy Madison 2: Back to Skool
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Old 11-20-2017, 04:24 PM
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I think rom coms get a bad rap, especially because comedies in general are usually high volume/low budget and not exactly made for the long tail audience.

e: My God, just look at Seann William Scott's filmography. I was in the target audience for his work and most of these titles are still totally unknown to me.
I don’t believe for a minute that you weren’t first in line to see a series of films about a guy who fucks pies.
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Old 11-20-2017, 06:30 PM
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Definitely Punch Drunk Love. I'd also put Rushmore up there, though it ends on a happy note.
Rewatching Punch Drunk Love, and it's wild to think about how when I first saw it, I conceptually and intuitively understood what anxiety was, yet somewhow hadn't grasped how much of prime mover it was in my life. Yet watching it doesn't cause me anxiety, no matter how tightly wound it is. Maybe it's on account of the overriding catharsis of, "finally, something that understands!"

Also, "He Needs Me" and the bedroom scene is one of the GOAT cinematic couplets.

EDIT: Of course, Barry's damage runs a lot deeper. But the movie presents a world where every anxiety about social interaction is made manifest.

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Old 11-20-2017, 07:25 PM
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Pretty sure you could weasel in Can't Hardly Wait into the romantic comedy genre.

Also:

Pretty In Pink
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

50 First Dates
Roxanne
Chasing Amy
High Fidelity


Maybe a romantic comedy?:

About A Boy
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (if you squint hard enough)
40-Year-Old Virgin
The Quiet Man
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Old 11-20-2017, 11:14 PM
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1. Roman Holiday
2. Groundhog Day
2. Groundhog Day
2. Groundhog Day
2. Groundhog Day
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Old 11-21-2017, 07:06 PM
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That IS a romantic comedy and also one of the best movies ever made.
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Old 11-21-2017, 06:26 AM
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Charade is def a top ten.
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Old 11-21-2017, 08:09 AM
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Old 11-21-2017, 11:40 AM
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Does For Rosanna count?
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Old 11-21-2017, 07:29 PM
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Charade is def a top ten.
Charade is fantastic but I'm not convinced it would fall in the romcom genre. It's more of a Hitchcock-style spy-thriller with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant having a big ol' fistful of romantic moments, a few of which are funny.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a movie that I'm dearly fond of but like Charade it's not really a romantic comedy despite a handful of scenes that are humorous. And at least one person I know think's its a very dark movie with an ending that implies a Groundhog Day style condemnation to relive the same painful moments over and over.
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Old 11-21-2017, 10:33 PM
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Charade is fantastic but I'm not convinced it would fall in the romcom genre. It's more of a Hitchcock-style spy-thriller with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant having a big ol' fistful of romantic moments, a few of which are funny.
uhhhh wikipedia refers to it as a "romantic comedy/mystery film" and they would know, wouldn't they?

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Old 11-21-2017, 11:02 PM
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Charade is something like one part comedy, two parts romance, and ten parts mystery/thriller. I wouldn't have thought that's enough to categorize a film as a romantic/comedy but who am I to say. Ultimately it's a movie I really enjoy and that's enough for me!
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It Happened One Night is a fun movie.
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