The Rise of the Rom-Com

The Rom-Com has become a staple in television movies. There have been many classic films often portraying both strong male and female characters. The concept isn’t new. Hollywood has been knocking his sort of stuff out for years. Roman Holiday for example or anything involving Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Even the Fred and Ginger danceathons had the air of them about them . The chance to watch these popular films was made possible for me by TV Aerial Swansea company

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular Rom-Com’s:

  • Love Actually – A stellar cast including Liam Neeson attempting to bond with his step-son, Bill Nighy being Bill Nighy, Kiera Knightly being semi stalked by a pre- Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth trying to speak Portuguese and the Rom-Com stalwart Hugh Grant as a possibly Conservative/New Labour Prime Minister wanting to go out with Tiffany from Eastenders, might be one of the best and most entertaining feel good Christmas Rom-Com films ever made. Especially good is the Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman marriage on the ‘sort of’ rocks.
  • 500 Days of Summer – John Gordon Levitt regrets not making it work with Zooey Deschanel (well, who wouldn’t) and stays in bed for a while, after she is cruel to be kind, until he realises he does want to be an Architect.
  • 27 Dresses- This is an amazing film and features the now (unfairly) fallen from grace Katherine Heigl and James Marsden. Heigl has been a bridesmaid in 27 weddings. Some are truly horrendous. She meets a wedding photographer an in true Heigl fashion hates him at first before warming to him. She agrees to doing an interview about the dresses, going on a date with him and then sleeping with him in a car. This helps her get over the fact her boss, who she has loved for ages but done nothing about, is marrying her lying sister (though she is Malin Akerman so we can possibly look beyond that small fault). Jane destroys their wedding dinner in a fit of Piche but realise her mistake. She kisses her boss tells her sister grow up and then goes and finds James Marsden, they get married a year later and the film ends with the amazing scene of all 27 bridesmaid dresses being worn by the previous brides. It’s quite hilarious.

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  • Chocolat – Juliette Binoche goes around tempting people with an old Inca recipe for chilli chocolate. At one point she puts it on a roast chicken which everyone enjoys.. Luckily Johnny Depp is around still looking a bit like Captain Jack from Pirates of the Caribbean, so she decides to give up wandering and opens up a café where the speciality is Chilli Chocolate Chicken.
  • 50 First Dates

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A cracking Adam Sadler vehicle and the second outing for him with Drew Barrymore after the  Wedding singer. Touching little film with a very nice nature to it. Set in Hawaii, Barrymore has no short-term memory after an accident and is essentially living the same day over and over. These means that Sandler has to make a tape showing that they are in love every day. I like it a lot.

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