So apparently, winter is the time when we especially want a nice snuggly romantic comedy. To me, this makes heaps of sense (warm fuzzy feeling = warmth period), but being generally attracted to romance in general, I watch my rom coms in all kinds of weather. After all, they work when it’s sunny. They work when it’s rainy. Whether it’s cloudy and dry, or blistery and cold, I love romantic comedies.
I’m pretty stringent, though, in my requirements, and I stick very closely to the words “romantic” and “comedy.” Mate, if it’s not funny, it’s not a comedy. And romantic is not synonymous with sappy. I have to simultaneously not gag and be able to see this couple together ten years in the future. And as with romance novels, I find it pretty hard to enjoy a romantic comedy if I don’t sympathize with the protagonist, especially if we’re talking about a heroine.
The best romantic comedies are 90 minutes of zinger and fun, and just like the best romance novels, they leave me happy and feeling good about life and love. With that in mind, here is a list of my favourite romantic comedies, in no particular order: