By Fleur Feeney |
If you’re anything like me, you love a rom-com, and Valentine’s Day is just another excuse to re-watch When Harry Met Sally for the millionth time. But if you’re sick of repeating the classics (go off I guess), here’s a list of underrated pictures you can add to the roster, if you haven’t already.
About Time (2013)
Perhaps the most beloved “underrated” romantic comedy of all time, but still worth a mention. Richard Curtis does some of his best work telling the story of Tim (Domnhall Gleeson) who, on his twenty-first birthday is told by his father (Bill Nighy) that he can travel through time. He uses this bizarre superpower to pursue Mary (Rachel McAdams) the girl of his dreams, an American book editor who sports a truly *fantastic* fringe. This film is quietly beautiful, an ode to the ordinary and appreciating the little things in life.
The Big Sick (2017)
Loosely based on the real life love story of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, this film follows Pakistani-American comedian Kumail (himself) and his relationship with Emily (Zoe Kazan) as they struggle to reconcile their culture differences, relationship problems, and a sudden, mystery illness that puts Emily in a coma. Dark and uplifting all at the same time, this film is a treat from start to end. Oscar nominated too, don’t ya know.
The Incredible Jessica James (2017)
Jessica (Jessica Williams) is a playwright in NYC and has just gone through a horrible break up when she meets Boone, played by the wonderful Chris O’Dowd. This film offers a modern take on the “post-relationship” world, and gives Jessica’s story a much wider scope than just relationship drama. But also the talent in this film is incredible—you might recognise the ex-boyfriend as Lakeith Stanfield, who has been in films like Get Out and Sorry To Bother You.
Man Up (2015)
Recently divorced Jack (Simon Pegg) mistakes pessimist Nancy (Lake Bell) for his blind date, and she goes along for the most chaotic, and maybe the best, date of her life. This film is super funny, a little kooky, and Simon Pegg is an unexpectedly great romantic lead. Watch for something about finding love in unexpected places, and taking chances on people.
Long Shot (2017)
Long Shot is perfect if you’re not a fan of the traditional, soppy romantic comedy. Seth Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg do a great job of remixing the romance genre with their signature brand of comedy without compromising the central relationship, plus the female lead is fully fleshed out and career savvy—what a win! Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen have unexpectedly good chemistry and deliver a modern love story that hits all the right beats.
The Five Year Engagement (2012)
This film is criminally overlooked—Emily Blunt, Alison Brie *and* Jason Segel? Tom (Segel) and Violet (Blunt) get engaged after a year, but have to keep pushing the wedding due to various career changes, until one day they’re forced to reevaluate their relationship. Segel and Blunt are fantastic romantic leads, and the film delivers the romance and big gestures without being cheesy. A more “realistic” look at the romantic comedy, for you sceptics out there. The only major downside of this film is Alison Brie’s horrendous English accent, which really takes some effort to ignore.
Honourable mentions include: Happy Anniversary, What If?, The Decoy Bride, Not Another Happy Ending, Always Be My Maybe, This is 40, Two Weeks Notice, Yes Man and She’s Gotta Have It.