TV & FILM
bill-swift - February 15, 2012
The worst thing about Valentine's Day is the movies. Tonight, your girl will probably force you to see some horrible piece of crap starring Katherine Heigl or Kate Hudson. All of these movies are exactly the same: boring and formulaic. It's just one of the occupational hazards of modern romantic life. "Oh you just hate romance!", your girl might say. But not all romantic comedies are bad. Some of them are really good, it's just you usually have to flip past the new releases section on Netflix to see them. So, when your girlfriend, wife, lover, sex-friend wants to watch some dreck starring Jennifer Aniston tonight, suggest one of these five great romantic comedies.
One of the all-time greatest films. Period. There are few films that I would say are 100% perfect, but The Graduate is one of them. This classic stars Dustin Hoffman as a recent college grad who doesn't know what to do with his life. So, he decides to do his parent's friend Mrs. Robinson, played by the great Anne Bancroft. Things get real when he falls in love with Mrs. Robinson's daughter.
Romancing The Stone
The 80's knew how to make a romantic comedy. This gem, (get it?), stars Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito. Kathleen Turner is a romance novelist who ventures to South America to find her missing sister. She hires adventurer Michael Douglas to guide her. I got a D in chemistry in high school, but there is no denying the sexual chemistry between the two of them.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
No, not everything on this list is hella-old. This film is on a very short list of recent romantic comedies that's worth a damn. Jason Segel wrote and starred in this movie about a schlubbish musician trying to get over being dumped by a TV star. The movie is sweet, genuinely funny, and has eye candy like Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis. Not to mention that there is a Dracula puppet musical at the end. What more could you want?
You might be wary of a movie starring Cher and Nicholas Cage, but trust me this is an amazing film. The script by the great John Patrick Shanley is absurdly funny. The movie tells the tale of a woman (Cher) who wants to reconnect her fiance (Danny Aiello) and his brother (Nicholas Cage) before their wedding. The only snag is that she starts sleeping with the brother. Oops. It's like an Italian opera got it on with a slapstick comedy and had a baby with big hair.
Another perfect movie. I know that Woody Allen isn't for everyone, but if you are only going to see one Woody Allen movie, this is it. The film tells the tale of a nebbish New York Jewish comedian's (Woody Allen) troubled love affair with a flaky girl from Wisconsin (Diane Keaton). The movie jumps from the past to the future, turns into a cartoon, breaks the fourth wall, and defies the laws of reality. It is funny, sweet, and truly unique. Plus, Diane Keaton used to be seriously hot.
Article By Jack Tomas