Reports on the Death of the Romantic Comedy are Greatly Exaggerated

For years, romantic comedies (rom coms) have been few and far between, and those that were released were often small budget indie films that were a hit with critics but did little at the box office. Then a little movie called Crazy Rich Asians came along…is it the beginning of a rom com renaissance?

While they weren’t blockbusters, there have been several rom coms over the past few years that have pleased both audiences and critics. While you wait for Crazy Rich Asians to come out on DVD,check out these three rom coms with diverse casts and storylines.

The Big Sick
Pakistani stand-up comic Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Zoe Kazan fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by Kumail’s Muslim parents and Zoe’s sudden illness. More romantic than funny, the film earned accolades for its realism and warmth, and the cross-cultural themes that added new dimensions to the rom com formula.

Love, Simon
Simon is your average seventeen-year-old, but with a secret. He’s gay, and he’s falling for someone he’s been chatting online with from his school with the same secret. Mr. Anonymous won’t reveal who he is – not that it stops Simon from imagining who it could be. Based on the young adult novel Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, it’s a sweet and charming film that will have you rooting for Simon from the opening frame.

Top Five
Chris Rock plays a comedian who, after some very public embarrassments, tries to gain legitimacy by making a serious film. He’s engaged to a diva-like Gabrielle Union, but is bewitched by a reporter (Rosario Dawson). Rock and Dawson share a palpable chemistry that elevates this film to a level that is both funny and fresh.

 

~posted by Frank B. 

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