What is a rom-com for this modern world? Where both you and I struggle for a definition of love that might not exist anymore. Romantic comedies, popularly known as rom-coms, bring a sense of calm to both whole, and healing, hearts. Classic romance has taught generations after generations not to settle when it comes to finding love.
Films, as a medium, are an exaggerative art form which allows us to explore the realms of reality and fiction in ways unexplained. Whether you are in love or looking for it, we have reached a genre of films which are promising examples of heart-warmers. The perfect remedy to escape into a world that is or could have been.
If you are subscribed to the world of Netflix and are in desperate need of a break from this rather repetitive sense of being, we have your back. Make sure to put the five best rom-com on queue for the coming weekend, and curl up with a cup of warm cocoa, keeping us company on our best and worst days to log out from the backpack filled with responsibilities. You and I both know you deserve this break!
Rom-coms can be delightful and wholesome when done well, something familiar, something close to the heart. Let the marvels of the contemporary world do their work! So without further ado, let’s break into it!
The five best rom-coms to watch on Netflix right now:
5. Someone Great (2019)
Music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) finally gets her dream job and has to move from one side of the country to the other. This translated into her partner Nate (LaKeith Stanfield) breaking up with her after a rather beautiful journey together. To deal with the rapidity of these major changes happening in her life, Jenny summons her two best friends to enjoy one last night together before she makes the big move to the new city of her dreams.
The highlight of this entire movie is how beautiful love can be in its own way, shape, or form. It chooses to emphasise that not every love story needs to be whole to be wholesome in its own way. It also brings forth the strength in friendship, strong ones, that help you through the roughest times in your life. This film focuses on how no one really needs to be the ‘bad guy’ for something that was once beautiful to come to an end, making it a one-of-a-kind rom-com with a bold appeal. Love, lose, love again!
4. Her (2013)
After nearly reaching a decade since its release, ‘Her’ continues to be considered a film way ahead of its time. This sci-fi rom-com has a wide appeal both for its forwardness, bold stances, and of course, the heart-numbing reality that love has rather reached. The story follows the life of Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), who develops a strong relationship with an artificially intelligent voice assistant called Samantha (Scarlett Johansson).
This film has its own unique set of ups and downs, but it does not fail to try its best to humanise the presence of machines in our own lives. You learn to understand how and why the protagonist falls in love with Samantha. This modern romance providing a rather fresh screenplay and a very different perspective on modern love, will surely appeal to both romedy and non-romedy lovers. What is it that appealed to Theodore to fall madly in love with this AI? Does it all come down to adaptability?
3. The Lovebirds (2020)
As Leilani and Jibran find themselves struggling within their relationships and almost about to call it quits, something rather unusual sweeps them off their feet. By unintentionally getting involved in a rather bizarre criminal scenario, the couple struggles to find their way out of it. They find themselves trying their best to clear their names in search of the real murderer to prove their innocence.
The night takes several odd turns, but surely, it ends on a good note. Do they maybe even find this incredible journey of a night the only opportunity to salvage their relationship? Go watch it now to find out!
2. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Ali Wong debuts as a director for the typical representation of how modern couples are formed. She portrays the life of Sasha Tran, an incredibly successful woman who finds her way to San Francisco in the hopes of opening a new restaurant. While doing so, she crosses paths with her childhood best friend and sweetheart, Marcus Kim.
The couple reconnects after years of being apart and finds that the warmth of their love was shining bright in both of their hearts. Lost friendships and rekindled love stories- How Ali Wong created a masterpiece for all prime-time romance lovers all around the world.
1. Leap Year (2010)
Anna Brady (Amy Adams) decides to choose a leap year to propose to her partner, Jeremy (Adam Scott), who had been delaying the whole process of doing so. However, on the rather challenging and difficult journey up to him in Dublin, she meets a charming and funny innkeeper called Declan (Matthew Goode), who makes her second guess her relationship choices. A fun and quirky love story made out of a passionate woman’s fiery quest to marry a ‘not-so-perfect-perfect-man’. She eventually hits the brakes to realise that that is just not enough.
Trust me, this oldie, but goldie is the definition of a break that we all need in our lives right about now.