Romantic Comedies guaranteed to make you laugh


Graphic by Langley Leverett

Story by Savannah Downs, staff writer

Although it’s in the genre title, romantic comedies can sometimes forget to include the comedic aspect in a movie in their zeal to include flowery romance. Whether you’re spending the day with a significant other, friend or family member, here are 10 rom-coms that are sure to make you laugh.

Home Again (2017)
While celebrating her 40th birthday, recently separated Alice Kenney (Reese Witherspoon) meets three young filmmakers in need of a place to live. When Alice invites them to stay with her and her two daughters in their Los Angeles home, complications arise. While she’s developing a new relationship with Harry (one of the filmmakers) Alice’s ex shows up at her door with a suitcase. Alice now has to deal with a frustrated ex, two daughters and three unusual strangers. Together, everyone tries to figure out what they need in life and how to enjoy the presence of others.

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Englishman Charles (Hugh Grant) and his group of friends are challenged when it comes to love. When Charles meets an American woman named Carrie (Andie MacDowell) at a wedding, he thinks he may have found the one. However, after one enchanting night, Carrie has to move back to the states, ending what could have been an incredible relationship. As Charles and Carrie’s paths continue to cross, he comes to believe that they are meant to be together, even if their timing always seems to be off.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is smart, beautiful feminist, and quite harsh to most of her fellow teens — meaning she doesn’t attract many boys. Unfortunately, for her younger sister, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), house rules say that she can’t date until Kat has a boyfriend. Some strings must be pulled to set the dour damsel up for romance. Soon Kat crosses paths with handsome new arrival Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger). Kat and Patrick create a strange relationship that will hopefully allow Bianca to get back to her social self.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
At the beginning of the new year, 32-year-old Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) wants to begin a new chapter of her life and decides to start a diary. With a taste for adventure and an opinion on every subject, she’s turning the page on a whole new life that includes men, new adventures, and challenges that she has to face head on.

50 First Dates (2004)
Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) sets his heart on romancing Lucy (Drew Barrymore), but she has short-term memory loss, so she can’t remember anything that happened the day before. As a result, Henry has to woo her again morning after morning. Her friends and family are very protective, so Henry must prove to them that he has good intentions. Hilarious and endearing antics ensue as Henry constantly tries to impress Lucy’s family while also trying to keep Lucy herself interested in him.

About a Boy (2002)
Will (Hugh Grant) is a rich, child-free and irresponsible Londoner in his thirties who, in search of single women, creates a fake son and begins attending single parent meetings. As a result, he meets Marcus, an odd 12-year-old boy with problems at school. Slowly but surely, Will and Marcus become friends as Will teaches Marcus how to be a ‘cool kid’ and Marcus teaches Will how to grow up.

Clueless (1995)
Rich and shallow Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school’s social pyramid. Believing herself to be a matchmaker, Cher sets up two new teachers and is successful. Emboldened by her success, Cher takes on the challenge of giving the new girl Tai (Brittany Murphy) a makeover. Soon, Cher realizes her mistake when Tai becomes more popular than her. Yet, Cher’s tidy world starts to unravel with the sudden appearance of two total hunks: a cute and stylish new classmate (Justin Walker), and Cher’s square but cute “ex-stepbrother” (Paul Rudd). Now Cher is about to learn that when it comes to love, she’s, well, clueless.

Sixteen Candles (1984)
Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) is ecstatic for her sixteenth birthday, if only anyone would remember it. Unfortunately, her birthday falls under the shadow of her sister’s upcoming wedding. Angst-ridden, Samantha faces her birthday with dread. Samantha likes studly older boy Jake (Michael Schoeffling), but worries that her chastity will be a turnoff for the popular senior. Meanwhile, Samantha must constantly refuse the affections of nerdy Ted (Anthony Michael Hall), the only boy in the school who seems to take an interest in her.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Struggling musician Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) is better-known as the boyfriend of TV star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). After she breaks up with him, Peter feels lost and alone, but makes a last-ditch bid to get over it by going to Hawaii. However, Sarah and her new boyfriend (Russell Brand) are there in the same hotel. But as he torments himself with the reality of Sarah’s new life, he finds relief in a flirtation with Rachel, a beautiful resort employee whose laid-back approach tempts him to rejoin the world.

She’s The Man (2006)
Adapted from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” Viola Johnson (Amanda Bynes) is a twin and who poses as her brother, Sebastian, at a new boarding school in order to help the soccer team win the big game. Viola falls in love with her handsome roommate, Duke, who loves beautiful Olivia, who has fallen for Viola posing as Sebastian. As if that wasn’t enough, the actual Sebastian returns from London earlier than expected, but has no idea that Viola has taken his place.