2011 one was a truly remarkable year for romantic comedies. Just kidding. There’s never anything remarkable about romantic comedies. They’re always trite and familiar, save for the odd standout. With a field of only ten or so rom-coms to choose from, I decided to rank them. The (sort of) tricky part is that I haven’t seen most of them, and Screen Junkies doesn’t pay me enough to watch six of these things for an article. I’m pretty sure Google couldn’t pay me enough to watch six of these things.
Anyway, I use intuition and a cynical outlook to go ahead and rank them anyway.
Merry Christmas. Not Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas.
I managed to catch about 15 minutes of this film without sound because the person on a Virgin flight in the row in front of me was watching it. Not only did I dislike the film, but I was tempted to ask Virgin for a fare refund or future credit for putting that piece of crap in my eyeline.
Adam Sandler is a plastic surgeon courting Brooklyn Decker. He tells some needlessly complex lie about being married that would only occur in a romantic comedy, then hatches some scheme to have Jennifer Aniston pretend to be his wife while a whole mess of people go to Hawaii where the shit presumably hits the fan.
I’m comfortable putting this in last place if only for the trite title and premise that Brooklyn Decker would date this schlub anywhere but in a romantic comedy.
I’m lumping these together because I don’t see what the difference could be. Each film features a star of Black Swan (Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis) trying to be fuck buddies with two guys who seem nice, but I wouldn’t want to be stuck in an elevator with (Ashton Kutcher and Justin Timberlake). I saw Friends with Benefits, and it includes a rap scene set to Kriss Kross’ “Jump” and several nods to flash mobs. I have no reason to believe that No Strings Attached is any different or better.
In case you were wondering what male actors I WOULD like to be stuck in an elevator with: Charlie Day, Louie CK, Patrick Warburton, and the kid that plays Joffrey on Game of Thrones.
This isn’t even my favorite romantic comedy with “Prada” in the title. It stars Alexa Vega, Camille Belle, Wilmer Valderrama. I don’t know anything about any of these actors other than their names all sound like diseases. In this film, two spoiled Mexican sisters lose everything and have to live in the ghetto where they find love, gain perspective, realize the hollowness of materialism, etc.