Hi all! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these. By the time you’re reading this, I will have been in South Africa for a month, and hopefully be having a great time. It’s Valentine’s this week, and obviously my usual ritual being at home is desserts (usually ice cream) and Moulin Rouge, but hopefully this year I might be doing something more exciting, being in a foreign country and all!
Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. As Valentine’s Day is this Friday, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is of course Love themed, but we were given the free rein to decide what shape we wanted that to take. As I’ve talked about before, I’m not a big fan of romance novels, so I thought I’d talk about romance themed media that I do like: Rom-Coms. Yes, I know, I’m an oxymoron, I hate romance novels and am generally quite cynical about romance, but I do really love them. They’re fun, and escapist and I have great memories of nights binge watching them with my friends. So here we go, my Top Ten Favourite Rom-Coms:
- 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
One of my absolute favourite romantic comedies (the clothes are so 90s it hurts!), it’s such a brilliant and modern take on a Shakespeare classic, the cast is brilliant, it’s so funny and who can forget, Heath Ledger serenading Julia Stiles on the bleachers?
2. Legally Blonde (2001)
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that my top two films were written by the same writing team, Karen McCullah and Kristen Smith. Legally Blonde is wonderfully funny, Reese Witherspoon is brilliant and Elle Woods is honestly one of my fictional feminist heroes, I love her so much!
3. 13 Going on 30 (2004)
Yes the premise for this one may be a little silly and implausible, an unhappy 13 year old, wishes to become 30 with a little help from some wishing dust given as a birthday present. Flashforward 17 years and she is 30 and has everything she ever dreamed of, only she can’t remember the last 17 years of her life. It’s a really sweet film about growing up and discovering who you are and what you want, and Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo are both brilliant in it.
4. How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (2003)
Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are both brilliant as the women’s magazine writer and ad executive who are both using each other in order to get ahead in their work: he wants to make a woman fall in love with him in order to get a big account, she wants to drive a guy away from her for an article showing women what not to do in relationships. Hilarious hijinks ensue as the two both find a lot more than they bargained for in their “fake” relationship.
5. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)
Arguably Renee Zellweger’s most famous role, this adaptation of Helen Fielding’s novel shows a modern take on Pride and Prejudice. Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant are brilliant in the lead roles, and I just really love Bridget, I feel like there’s a lot about her that I can relate to.
6. The Proposal (2009)
One of my favourite later 00’s romantic comedies, it has a classic rom-com set up: high strung, workaholic boss is in danger of being deported, so she engages her hardworking and put up on assistant to marry her in order to avoid that happening. Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock have great chemistry, the cast is brilliant, and it’s so funny, the scene with Betty White and Sandra Bullock doing the dance in the woods will forever be one of my favourites.
7. 27 Dresses (2008)
I can kind of take or leave Katherine Heigl, I like her in some things, but more often than not, I find she plays the same role in pretty much everything she’s in. This is true enough here as well, she’s another highly strung, stressed out career woman who is cynical about love, not that’s there’s anything wrong with that but I just feel like she doesn’t have much range. But I do love this film, the whole perpetual bridesmaid thing is great fodder for a rom-com, and Heigl and James Marsden have fantastic chemistry, which makes for a very easy to watch film.
8. Definitely, Maybe (2008)
This is a rom-com with a twist: the premise revolves around a father telling his daughter the story of how he fell in love with her mother (with a much more satisfying ending than How I Met Your Mother, I promise). The catch being that there are three different candidates for her mother and the daughter has to work out which one her mother is, without knowing the real names of the women. The flashbacks work really well, Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Elisabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz and Abigail Breslin are all great in their roles and it’s one that I love to watch over and over again.
9. She’s The Man (2006)
Another Shakespeare retelling, but this time of Twelfth Night. Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum have great chemistry, it’s hilariously funny and I always love seeing how filmmakers go about adapting these stories for a new generation. The idea behind this one is that Viola (Amanda Bynes) wants to play football, but the girl’s team gets cut at her school, so she poses as her twin brother in order to get onto the boys team at a rival school. Obviously confusion and hijinks ensue, and whilst I will never be a fan of the tarantula in this film, the cover of using tampons for nosebleeds rather than her period will never fail to make me crack up.
10. Letters To Juliet (2010)
The only one of these that is not an 00’s rom-com, this movie follows writer Sophie as she travels to Verona with her fiance, and ends up being embroiled in a search to reunite a woman with her long lost love after acting as one of “Juliet’s secretaries” and answering a fifty year old love letter left at Juliet’s balcony. It’s a really sweet film, Amanda Seyfried is lovely in it and the soundtrack is just brilliant!
So there we go, my favourite rom-coms! Are you a fan of the romantic comedy? Did you like any I’ve listed here? What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments!
I will be back next week with another TTT, talking about The Last Ten Books That Gave Me A Book Hangover.