Romantic Comedies don’t have the best track record in terms of critical reviews. The genre is often the subject of ridicule and many of the films that get slapped with the label tend to be viewed more as a sentimental timewaster than “art.” But rom coms can still be some of the most relatable and effective movies out there if executed correctly. In this list, I’ll cover just a handful of films that while they aren’t the cream of the crop, are well worth a second look. Here are my choices for Underrated Rom Coms You Should Give a Chance.
2 NIGHT STAND
Starring the always cocky charmer Miles Teller and ridiculously likeable Analeigh Tipton, 2 Night Stand focuses on the two leads as they are forced to cohabitate for longer than expected when a snowstorm shuts down the city. The movie follows the typical rom com beats a little too closely (especially the ending) but is otherwise populated with some great dialogue and interesting characters. Analeigh Tipton charmed my pants off in Crazy Stupid Love so I was very on board with seeing her on screen again.
ABOUT LAST NIGHT
This remake follows two sets of friends as they both start new relationships and navigate the pitfalls of personality and life. The cast, featuring Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant strikes a fantastic balance of actual romance and sincere laughs. This did get mild critical praise but I still think it deserves a wider audience.
I don’t know if anyone has even seen Prime but I never hear anyone talk about it. The 2005 film follows the May-December romance between Rafi (Uma Thurman) and her therapist’s (Meryl Streep) twentysomething artist son David (Bryan Greenberg). Streep’s character learns of the relationship while Rafi remains in the dark about the connection (so you know..haha comedy..). But Prime is full of tender moments and the script does a nice job tiptoeing around some more familiar conventions usually found in this type of story. I was pleasantly surprised by the movie and loved seeing Uma in a role that let her shine.
It’s debatable whether or not this should be considered underrated but I rarely hear it mentioned among the genre. This inventive rom com plays out with a bit of mystery as Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) narrates a story to his daughter (Abigail Breslin) about how he met her mother (hmm…this is sounding familiar actually…) Beyond Reynolds and Breslin movie boasts a terribly likable cast including Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz and Kevin Kline. There’s a handful of charming moments in the film as well as few borderline tearful scenes. I watch this movie every so often and always enjoy it. Be sure to check it out if you have the opportunity.
What Rom Coms do you think deserve a second chance?