We’re all about the plum picks at The Plum List, but there’s one genre that defies all the rules of quality film-making: romantic comedies.
So in honour of Valentine’s Day, here are some of the best-worst romcoms that’ll hit you right in the feels.
Just Go with It (Netflix)
Just Go with It was one of the better days for Sandler, who finds himself on a Hawaiian weekend trip opposite Jennifer Aniston and Bond girl hopeful, Brooklyn Decker. Starting a romance on a careless lie isn’t exactly how most folks want to tell their “how we met” story, but Sandler’s romcoms are easy-watching guilty pleasures.
We loved Julia Stiles opposite Heath Ledger in The Taming of the Shrew-inspired teen classic, 10 Things I Hate About You. The experience must be what prompted the angsty Stiles to take the lead in the modern Cinderella adaptation The Prince and Me. Playing up the tabloid fascination with Prince William’s eligibility and the wish fulfilment of landing a real Prince Charming, it amounted to a sweet romcom that has warranted three sequels and counting!
The Ugly Truth (Netflix)
Gerard Butler as a romantic lead? After his role in Frank Miller’s 300, the idea seems ludicrous. The Ugly Truth is an Anchorman-inspired romcom reminding us that opposites can and do attract. It pretends to be edgy, using raunchy language and a battle of the sexes to substitute for six-packs and Spartan battles. Ironically, the real ugly truth is that it’s a safe-as-houses romcom starring Katherine Heigl whose winsome performance is exactly what we ordered for Valentine’s Day.
Leap Year (Amazon Prime)
The Irish tradition, where men are obligated to accept marriage proposals on a leap day, is the perfect setup for this cloyingly sweet romantic comedy. The only way it could be more cutesy is if the proposal was made with a Claddagh ring and starred Hollywood sweetheart Amy Adams. One out of two isn’t bad, as a likely romance plays out between Adams and her roguishly handsome tour guide Matthew Goode. Trundling across the Irish countryside, falling in mud and in love… it’s one hot, lovable and goofy mess.