So, lately my wife has been on a romantic movie kick. I myself have not. While she's been itching to show me films like No Strings Attached, I've been more interested in watching films likeTroll Hunter. I've mentioned before my hatred for romantic comedies, and I often lean toward calling most of them bullshit. Sure they're formulaic, but no more so than any superhero film, and I love those. It just comes down to what your particular brand of bullshit is, I guess. In honor of Valentine's Day, I've compiled a list of romantic films I find truly enjoyable. If you're not into romantic movies but your forced to watch one this holiday, suggest one of the following. These are movies you should BOTH have fun watching.
Romancing the Stone: This film is infused with heavy dose of Indiana Jones and features excellent performances by Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito. If you want romance with pulpy adventure, pop this one in.
Shaun of the Dead: Contrary to popular belief, this IS a romantic comedy. It follows the formula to a tee. Guy who can't get his shit together-check, best friend holding him back-check, would be love triangle-check The hordes of flesh-eating undead just makes the medicine go down.
Better Off Dead: This 80's cult classic is rich in it's over the top take on getting dumped. If you have a significant other with a penchant for absurdist comedy, this is your film. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO REVIEW
Sixteen Candles: Man or woman, you can't tell me that you don't find this movie adorable. Molly Ringwold is sweet and believable, Anthony Michael Hall is hilarious and believable and John Hughes is at his schmaltzy best. Boom. Next. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO REVIEW
Stardust: A beautiful fairy tale written by master storyteller Neil Gaiman and directed by accomplished filmmaker Mathew Vaughn. This movie has everything for every taste. My favorite is Robert DeNiro as foppish air pirate Captain Shakespeare.
Groundhog Day: Bill Murray is at his pricky best playing weather man Phil, who gets stuck in a time loop, doomed to live the same day over and over again until he gets it right. Andie MacDowell is a strong romantic foil for Murray and you can believe that these two are destined to be together.
The Wedding Singer: In my humble opinion, this is the best Adam Sandler film he's ever made. Barrymore and Sandler have excellent chemistry and the supporting cast is top notch. This film is infantile but with heart, and has a wonderful soundtrack.
Scott Pilgrim Versus the World: If you're a gamer, this should be a gimmie. Equating life and love with leveling up, Scott Pilgrim gives us an immature young man that we can all relate to. Plus, the cast is brilliant and the fight scenes are fun to watch. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO REVIEW
The Princess Bride: If you haven't seen and enjoyed this movie before, frankly I don't know what to say. It truly has everything: fencing, fighting, giants, evil torture devices, revenge, true love, miracles. Seriously, this is like romantic movie 101.
True Romance: This film made the list as a palette cleaner. If you like your romantic films with extreme violence, this is your movie. Even with all of the severe bloody action scenes, both the beginning and end of this film are genuinely sweet and the inclusion of a romantic scenes discussing Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos is the icing on the cake.
Think of this as a contingency list for those of you who don't want to get stuck watching Friends with Benefits. Choose your bullshit wisely.