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8 Rom-Coms to Stream on Netflix this Valentine’s Day

by Emily Keen

It’s the valentine season and we are sure you are looking for something to end a date with. Singles need not worry either. These movies will inadvertently cheer up any section of audience irrespective of their relationship status. There is something magical about these classics that spellbind even the most uninterested viewers. You just have to initiate. When it comes to rom-coms Netflix has quite a collection.

Here are 8 best Rom-coms to watch on the streaming service this Valentine’s:

 

  1. About Time

Image result for about time movieThis romantic narrative overlaid on the concept of time travel is monumentally packed with drama and emotions. It is a rather interesting blend of a love story and science fiction. As …. Realizes he can travel through time, all he wants to do is go back and woo an old flame.

 

  1. The Ugly Truth

Image result for the ugly truth movieA lovesick television producer (Katherine Heigl) strikes a wily deal with a cynical TV show host (Gerard Butler) who believes his perception of love is perfect. He is even almost winning the bet until his own feelings begin to wander the love he so claims to control begins to control him instead.

 

  1. Always Be My Maybe

Image result for Always Be My Maybe movieOne word! Hilarious! This comical journey of two childhood sweethearts reconnecting after 15 years will crack you up. The film stars Ali Wong, Randall Park and Keanu Reeves in a special role.

 

  1. The Theory of Everything

Image result for The Theory of Everything movieIf you think a science mind is not at all romantic, you need to watch Theory of Everything. This film captures the love between the most intelligent man on earth and his first love in the most incredible way.

 

  1. Hitch

Image result for Hitch movieWill Smith plays a Date Doctor who claims he can match people with their soul mates in just three days. He crosses paths with a Tabloid journalist (Eva Mendes) who swears to expose him and his sham at all costs. Little do they know the spar ultimately causes them to develop feelings for each other?

 

  1. Jane Austen Book Club

Image result for Jane Austen Book Club movieA tale full of love, bliss, failures ensues as a group of funny friends catch up years later in a Jane Austen themed book club.

 

  1. Good Luck Chuck

Image result for Good Luck Chuck movieCharlie is cursed with being lonely. He has dated a bazillion women and everyone finds their soul mate as soon as they break up with him. As life takes a beautiful turn and he stumbles upon Cam, a charming penguin girl. He instantly falls in love with her but will he be able to break the curse?

 

  1. Someone Great

Image result for Someone Great movieThe twenties won’t stay forever no? We eventually have to give up on our idea of a perfect relationship and embrace life like an adult. In an attempt of recovering from a brutal breakup, Gina takes a holiday with her friends that turn out to be a life-changing adventure.

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The Photograph (2020)- Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The sudden death of the famed photographer Christina Eames leaves her daughter Mae, hurt, angry and full of questions. But, when finds a photograph from a safe-deposit box, she realizes that there is something more to her mother’s past than she knows. The Photograph is about her investigation about the romance between her mother and a rising journalist.

Releasing Date: 14 February 2020

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Crazy Rich Asians 2: Writer Leaves After Pay Disparity Dispute

by Kaylen Summers

One more example is here to prove that Hollywood is still a hostile place for women- especially if you are of color. Recently, Crazy Rich Asians co-screenwriter Adele Lim found out that her fellow co-writer, Peter Chiarelli, a white man was earning 9 to 10 times more than her.

Adele Lim is a veteran TV writer who debuted into feature films with Crazy Rich Asians. The rom-com turned out to be a massive hit grossing $238 million globally and Lim has since signed a deal with Disney Animation and is working on Raya and the Last Dragon.

With such a huge success in the bag, it obvious that Warner Bros, would be more than willing to work on a sequel to the movie. Thus the work for Crazy Rich Asians 2 began and the writers of the first installment were back to pen it. However, it turned out that Peter Chiarelli, a more seasoned screenwriter, was offered between $800,000 and $1,000,000, while Lim was offered only around $110,000 for her work on the sequel.

Though the studio felt it to be a fair, industry-standard rate based on experience, Lim believes that her pay should be much closer to her co-writer.

Here’s what Lim had to say: “Pete has been nothing but incredibly gracious, but what I make shouldn’t be dependent on the generosity of the white-guy writer. If I couldn’t get pay equity after CRA, I can’t imagine what it would be like for anyone else, given that the standard for how much you’re worth is having established quotes from previous movies, which women of color would never have been [hired for]. There’s no realistic way to achieve true equity that way.”

The messy pay dispute has put Warner Bros. in a significant snag with Crazy Rich Asians 2. With Adele Lim no longer involved with the sequel, the studio will have a hard time finding the perfect substitute to bring back the magic. However, it seems like that alone cannot save this planned trilogy from production hell, as there are some scheduling issues with the in-demand cast. Hope it gets fixed once the scripting gets all sorted out.

Crazy Rich Asians is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan. The novel follows a young Asian American woman who meets her boyfriend’s parents, who are one of the richest families in Singapore. The lead is played by Constance Wu with Henry Golding as her fiancé. Michelle Yeoh plays the role of her future mother-in-law.

The upcoming sequels will be based on the next two books in Kwan’s trilogy — 2015’s “China Rich Girlfriend” and 2017’s “Rich People Problems.” With so many issues surrounding the project, the studio has not set any release dates for the sequels.

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Last Christmas (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Last Christmas is a romantic comedy about Kate, a young woman who has always been unlucky. She takes a job as a department store elf during the holidays. Just when all things were going so miserable for her, she meets Tom and it turns her life around.

Releasing Date: 7 November 2019

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Long Live Rom-Com! Top 5 romantic comedies of 2019 (So Far)

by Kaylen Summers

Hollywood production houses are focusing more on building cinematic universes and as a result, genres like romantic comedies are facing extinction. With critics keeping a close eye on women representation in these movies, it’s no wonder why these studios don’t want to get their hands dirty. However, 2019 did produce a good share of carefully crafted rom-coms thanks to the enormous success of Crazy Rich Asians. Here are the top 5 of those rom-coms that are worth watching.

5. THE PERFECT DATE

This original teen rom-com from Netflix has Noah Centineo playing the role of a high-schooler who decides to raise money for college by posing as a stand-in boyfriend for girls in need. The film is based on the novel ‘The Stand-In’ by Steve Bloom and is directed by Chris Nelson. For those of who adored Centineo for his role in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, this is your chance to see him in his romantic lead performance. Other important cast members of the movie include Laura Marano, Camila Mendes, Odiseas Georgiadis, and Matt Walsh.

4. THE HUSTLE

A gender-flipped remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which is itself a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story), The Hustle is directed by Chris Addison with Anne Hathaway and  Rebel Wilson in the lead role. The film follows two rival con artists trying to drive each other out of town. Initially titled as “Nasty Women”, the makers of the movie decided to go with a more ‘critics-friendly’ title instead. Whatever the case may be, this mystery-shrouded rom-com is sure to tickle your funny bones.

3. ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE

Rom-coms of 2019 are working hard to break away from its classic mould of cliches and they are really serious about it. While What Men Want saw the perfect black representation in the genre so far,  Always Be My Maybe tells the romantic story of an Asian couple. From director Nahnatchka Khan, the movie tells the story about two childhood sweethearts whose vastly different socioeconomic situations drive them apart as adults, even as they simultaneously find themselves falling in love. If that’s not a reason for you to watch this rom-com,  then here is one for you: Keanu Reeves is in it too!

2. WHAT MEN WANTS

Directed by Adam Shankman, What Men Want is an American romantic comedy film starring  Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Tracy Morgan. Shankman is famous for his rom-coms including A Walk to Remember. A gender-swapped remake of the 2000 film What Women Wants, the plot follows a woman who, after drinking a potent concoction given by a shaman, gains the ability to hear men’s inner thoughts.

1. ISN’T IT ROMANTIC

Isn’t It Romantic is not just your normal rom-com flick. Its all the romantic comedies combined. The movie is an American satirical rom-com film directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson with Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles. Rebel Wilson plays a cynical Australian architect living in NYC, who gets knocked out during a mugging and wakes up in a parallel universe where everything plays out like it would in a PG-13 rom-com.

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