10 Rom-Coms for those who don’t like Rom-Coms
The rom-com genre is quite successful as it allows fans to cheer and ship characters while enjoying the lighthearted nature of the characters’ witty banter and quirks. However, some viewers dislike the genre as it often recycles the same formula generating more cliches than fresh ideas. Among the repetitive narratives, some films stand out.
Audiences should remember that while romance is a priority in these productions, it’s not the only storyline or intent. Some movies incorporate other genres like action, fantasy, or sci-fi to tone down the pervasiveness of rom-com tropes. Others do just the opposite and lean into the genre wholeheartedly, letting the viewer know that they’re using the tropes to their advantage.
ten From Prada to Nada explores reconnecting with one’s roots
From Prada to Nada follows two wealthy sisters who must readjust to life after their father’s death leaves them penniless. Nora (Camilla Belle) and Mary (Alexa Vega) must relocate to East LA with loved ones they never had a previous connection with and relearn their culture.
Many viewers who grew up with intersectional identities can relate to Nora and Mary as they try to fit in with their family. From Prada to Nada explores many aspects alongside romance like identity, culture, and privilege.
9 Good On Paper makes fans wary of Meet-Cutes
Good on paper is inspired by comedian Iliza Shlesinger’s unfortunate true story of how a man manipulated her after a “cute encounter”. Andrea Singer (Shlesinger) meets Dennis Kelley (Ryan Hansen) on her flight before the two begin a relationship.
Dennis tells her a series of believable lies, causing her to fall in love with him. Sensing something is wrong, Andrea investigates him with the help of her friend, discovering that he faked his personality. This film is perfect for those who enjoy true crime-adjacent productions and those who find the happy endings of romantic comedies incredible.
8 Spontaneous’ Timely Release Gives Fans a Relatable Alternate Reality
Spontaneous is an underrated film that follows Mara Carlyle (Katherine Langford), who is quarantined with her classmates after their heads begin to spontaneously explode. Mara confronts her secret admirer during the uncertainty, and they begin a relationship that gives her a sense of normalcy.
With her love interest and her best friend by her side, Mara tries to investigate the strange happenings before things get worse. Spontaneous explores the turmoil of growing up in a sci-fi setting, especially in light of the ongoing global pandemic and cynicism about the future.
7 Wedding Crashers keeps fans laughing until the end
wedding crashes can be viewed as a comedy with a romance as a subplot. The ensemble film follows John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Gray (Vince Vaughn) as they arrange several marriages to woo women.
They’ve perfected several aliases and back-up stories, having done so for many seasons of marriage. However, the two find themselves stuck with a family on their estate in an effort to spend time with Gloria (Isla Fisher) and Claire (Rachel McAdams) Cleary. Their time with the odd Clearly family leads to comedic misadventures and pranks.
6 Pitch Perfect has fans singing along between laughs
Perfect doesn’t take itself seriously, making it one of the most iconic ensemble films of the past decade. Many stars work together to deliver a charming and organic dynamic. Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick) joins The Barden Bellas, an a cappella group from her college, as part of a deal with her father.
The group of misfits try to beat their opposition, The Treblemakers, by singing many hit songs giving viewers something to enjoy and sing along to. As the two teams face off, Perfect explores the importance of friendship and trust while delivering memorable banter.
5 Crazy Rich Asians Broke Hollywood Barriers
boobies rich asian is one of the few productions with an all-Asian cast that has reignited the conversation about greater representation in Hollywood. The film incorporated elements of other cultures even into the script which organically switches between Cantonese, English and Mandarin.
Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) is surprised to learn that her boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), comes from one of Singapore’s wealthiest families. When they fly away for her best friend’s wedding, Rachel finds herself in the middle of a war with Nick’s mother and other socialites. Although it seems like a boring fairy tale trope, the film explores identity, class, privilege, and societal expectations.
4 Set It Up leans into classic tropes while keeping it fresh
Implement is a unique romantic comedy that acknowledges and builds on well-known films and tropes. Two overworked assistants, Harper Moore (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie Young (Glen Powell) hatch a plan to organize their bosses so they can have time off. They plan a cute encounter for Kristen Stevens (Lucy Liu) and Rick Otis (Taye Diggs).
Harper and Charlie continue to rearrange their bosses’ schedules behind the scenes, send gifts and plan dates to bring them closer. Instead of standing out, the film leans into the genre and explicitly uses tactics from notable films like The ParentTrap and Bergerac to reunite their bosses.
3 The Spy Who Dumped Me is a Friends Movie
The spy who dumped me is a comedy for those who love spy movies about escapes, agents and trade secrets. The action-packed film follows Audrey Stockman (Mila Kunis), who discovers that her ex-boyfriend, Drew, is a spy.
Since he is in danger, Audrey and her best friend, Morgan Freeman (Kate McKinnon), decide to take over the mission. Focusing on the friendship between Audrey and Morgan and the hilarious misadventures that ensue, the film feels like buddy movies like Along and the other guys more than romantic.
2 Legally Dismantled Blonde Stereotypes
Revenge of a Blonde is an iconic film reflecting the early 2000s with its distinctive aesthetic. Elle Woods (Resse Witherspoon) begins as the caricature of a sorority who only cares about beauty and fashion. When her boyfriend breaks up with her because he doesn’t think she’s “serious”, Elle proves him wrong by entering Harvard Law School like him.
Elle’s hobbies and interests set her apart from her classmates, but help her excel, showing viewers that there are different ways to be innovative. It also dismantled the stereotype that women who look a certain way can’t be smart.
1 Love interests are stuck in a time loop in Palm Springs
fans of groundhog day enjoy Palm Springs. It brings its sci-fi premise to the fore, making it more than the relationship between Nyles (Andy Samberg) and Sarah (Cristin Milloti). After meeting at a destination wedding in Palm Springs, the two find themselves stuck in a time loop.
Realizing that their attempts to return to the normal timeline have failed, Nyles and Sarah decide to have fun. They examine their relationships and attitudes with all the time on their hands, revealing their flaws. Unlike other movies that create characters through a single lens, Palm Springs humanizes the protagonists and explores their inner conflicts.
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