Love is in the air as the most romantic day of the year fast approaches! Instead of squeezing with the rest of the crowd, why not get cosy in the comfort of your home with a good flick or two? In honour of 14 February, here are 14 romantic comedy delights that will get you into the mood for love.
#1 13 Going On 30
Before it became one of the iconic references in Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ music video, 13 Going On 30 was the ultimate rom-com of the early 2000s. After her 13th birthday party goes awry, Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner) wanted nothing more than to become an adult ASAP. Her wish becomes a reality when she wakes up the next morning, all grown-up with a successful life and career. As she navigates this confusing new chapter of her life, she realises that being an adult isn’t all that she had imagined it to be. What ensues is a poignant lesson in love, heartbreak and what it means to be careful for what you wish for.
#2 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Currently in its fourth and final season, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend comprises of musical numbers and endearing characters in an exaggerated yet incredibly engrossing plot about a young woman who leaves her successful life in New York, in order to find happiness with her ex-boyfriend in his suburban hometown. Instead of an easy reunion like she had hoped for, she is met with countless obstacles which forces her to re-evaluate her actions going forward, as she tries desperately to rekindle romance with the man of her dreams.
#3 Crazy Rich Asians
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There’s no better time to relive the box office hit Crazy Rich Asians than on Valentine’s Day. Identify the familiar local sights as you follow Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) on her trip to Singapore with her beau Nick Young (Henry Golding) for his best friend’s wedding. Little did she know that the discovery of Nick’s background is going to be the least of her worries when she sees how complicated their relationship can get amidst the gap in their social class.
#4 How I Met Your Mother
Although the ending of How I Met Your Mother will forever be marked as one of the worst ones in TV history, there’s no denying that it’s also one of the funniest sitcoms ever made. Each episode begins with a senior Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) and his kids as he recounts the memories he shares with his friends Marshall (Jason Segal), Lily (Alyson Hannigan), Robin (Cobie Smulders), and Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) before the final encounter with his soulmate.
#5 Jane The Virgin
Comprising all the elements of a solid telenovela and more, Jane The Virgin takes place in Miami where a young, devout Catholic woman gets her life turned upside down when a gynaecologist makes a serious medical mishap that renders Jane (Gina Rodriguez) with a bun in the oven. Just as her family and boyfriend are ready to take this accidental pregnancy as it is, Jane learns the identity of the baby’s biological father which not only complicates the situation but also her feelings.
Created by renowned rom-com extraordinaire Judd Apatow, Love brings Gus Cruikshank (Paul Rust) and Mickey Dobbs (Gillian Jacobs) together after a chance encounter that leads them on a journey to figure out what ‘love’ really means. Despite having wildly different personalities, their new connection may be just what they need to bravely explore the euphoric and embarrassing moments of being in a romantic relationship.
#7 Love, Simon
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If you’re looking for something that would give you all the feels, Love, Simon is the one to watch. Though he may look like every other high school student, Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) is actually hiding a big secret. When a fellow classmate unintentionally discovers his private email exchange with a crush, Simon is reluctantly blackmailed into helping his blackmailer get close to a girl. With his life-changing secret hanging in the balance, Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he ruins his chances at a happily ever after.
#8 Man Seeking Woman
Spanning three seasons, Man Seeking Woman centers around Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel) who struggles to find love after getting dumped by his longtime girlfriend. With the help of his successful older sister Liz (Britt Lower) and best friend Mike (Eric Andre), Josh goes on a desperate search to find ‘the one’ – where he encounters exaggerated and literal extremes that depict the highs and lows of different relationships.
#9 New Girl
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What can you do after a rough breakup? That’s what New Girl Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) thinks about before she decides to move in with three single guys who are all looking for a roommate. Despite their initial reluctance, she managed to win them over with her awkward yet upbeat personality, forming an unlikely bond amongst them that would eventually lead to a blossoming romance with one of the boys.
#10 The Big Sick
Before Kumail Nanjiani became one of Hollywood’s funniest comedians, he was an American graduate student struggling to cope with his Pakistani culture despite his Western-influenced mindset. Inspired by his own real-life romance, The Big Sick chronicles the interethnic relationship between him and his wife as they learn to tackle cultural differences with each other.
#11 The Mindy Project
Meet Mindy Lahiri, a slightly self-obsessed but often relatable young, successful OB/GYN who hopes to become a more well-rounded woman. Drawing inspiration from the creator’s mother, The Mindy Project explores how she balances her personal and professional life along with unexpected romantic complications that the universe might throw at her.
#12 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Unrequited romance doesn’t usually have a potential of turning into a nightmare, unless you’re Lara Jean in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. As someone who experiences intense feelings whenever she sees her crush, Lara Jean (Lana Condor) uses letter-writing as her form of release. Unfortunately, her life gets turned upside down when she learns that the letters are sent out to her past crushes including her arch nemesis’ boyfriend, Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). To avoid further embarrassment, she finds herself an unlikely ally, which eventually turns their mutual agreement into something more than a friendship.
#13 When We First Met
Would you travel back in time to change your fate if given the opportunity? When We First Met tells the story of Noah (Adam DeVine), who uses an unexpected photobooth time machine to return to the past. He attempts to fix things on the night he spent with Avery (Alexanda Daddario), the girl of his dreams, before he really loses her for good.
#14 Valentine’s Day
Quite possibly the best movie to sum up the day of romance, Valentine’s Day features a star-studded cast (which includes Taylor Swift in her big screen debut) in an anthology of relationships between couples and singles as they try to navigate through the pressures and expectations of 14 February. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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