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Rom-com season has arrived: here’s our picks

It’s that time of year again where the alarming shades of pink flood the stores sending terror through men around the world.


Though it is a day most dreaded, Valentine’s Day gives fans of romantic comedies an excuse to snuggle up to their loved one, or box of chocolates, and binge some of the bes rom-coms Hollywood has to offer. With so many movies to choose from it can be hard to know which one to watch so here are five of some of the best romantic comedies sure to satisfy all of your romantic needs.


“While You Were Sleeping” (1995)


“While You Were Sleeping” may be the oldest movie on the list being released in April of 1995, but is one of the sweetest movie rom-coms to be released. Directed by Jon Turteltaub, the movies follows Lucy, a transit worker played by Sandra Bullock, who saves her long time crush, Peter, from an oncoming train who slips into a coma. Through the movie Lucy gets to know Peter’s brother, Jack, and eventually falls for him.


This oldie but goody was a one of the top movies when it was first released grossing a cool 81 million and earned a 80 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Peter Stack from the San Francisco Chronicles described it as “A lighthearted, charming nougat for romantics.” This easy going film will continue to makes generations of hopeless romantics smile.


“Sweet Home Alabama” (2002)


Reese Witherspoon has been dazzling audiences for years with many of her relatable roles, but one of her best roles came as Melanie Smooter in Sweet Home Alabama. Released in September of 2002 this rom-com is about Melanie, who returns home from New York to Alabama after seven years of reinventing herself to finalize a divorce.


Though this movie only earned a 38 percent rating by rotten tomatoes and grossed roughly $53 million, it is definitely worth a watch if your a reese Witherspoon fan. The charming nature of the movie pulls you in and will have you laughing in minutes.


“How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days” (2003)


“How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days” is a classic rom-com that shows that falling in love can happen even when we least expect it. Centered around Benjamin Barry, an advertising executive played by Matthew McCounaughey, and Andie Anderson, a columnist played by Kate Hudson, who are roped into a competition by their respective jobs. Barry is on a mission to make Andie fall in love with him while she simultaneously is try to make him dump her in 10 days. Little did they know they were falling in love.


Grossing $105 million and earning them a 42 percent rating by Rotten Tomatoes, this movie will make you laugh and cry all at the same time. It is timeless movie that hold to the truth that love is everywhere even when your not looking for it.


“50 First Dates” (2004)


It’s not a secret that everyone fears the possibility of a bad first date and in this comical tale of romance Henry, played by Adam Sandler, meets Lucy, played by Drew Barrymore, who has short term memory loss and has to start over each day. Continually trying to find new ways to make lucy fall in love with him, the persistence shown by Henry warms hearts making the audience believe in true love.


Grossing $196 million worldwide the heartfelt movie worked its ways on to becoming one of the best valentine’s day movies to annually watch.


“Crazy Rich Asians” (2018)


The last movie on our list is one of the most recent to grace the big screen. “Crazy Rich Asians”, released in August 2018 broke Hollywood mols by have an entirely asian cast. The story is about a Rachel Chu, played by Constance Wu, a simple Asian-American who accompanies her boyfriend Nick Young played by Henry Golding, back to Singapore for a friends wedding. In doing so she meets his family who automatically disapproves.

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