Rom Com Roundup [movies]

By: E · January 4, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen, I am going to take a journey. A journey into the souls of men, a look in the mirror, a wake up call if you will. As you may already know, I am an ardent fan of cheesy, awful romantic comedies. And now, with studies showing that watching romantic comedies may in fact be harmful to your outlook on love and relationships, I wonder, what IS the harm in immersing yourself in the world of bad dialogue, cheesy pop soundtracks, and sappy, tear-filled denounments? Have I actually been eroding my belief in true love? My belief in romance? Have I, in fact, been destroying my chances at ever being happy?

I am going to conduct a scientific experiment in preparation for Valentine’s Day, 2009. I will watch four (4) romantic comedies a week until that fateful day, which will culminate with me going to the theater and watching Marley and Me. After seeing every movie, I will write a short, blurb review and then talk about my general state of mind. How does this movie affect my belief in true love, in romance, in women, in relationships? By the end of this journey, will I be so sappy, romantic, lovestruck that happiness is an inevitability? Will my ideals be impossible to reach? Will I be so callous and cynical that I will never recover? We shall see, dear readers, we shall see.

For the record, here is the tentative list of rom coms that I have never seen (subject to availability, order may change). You have until the close of business Monday, to make suggestions in the comments. But if you do make a suggestion, you have to justify it and tell me which one you want to replace.

1. Definitely, Maybe
2. Ghost Town
3. Made of Honor
4. 27 Dresses
5. Hitch
6. 50 First Dates
7. Failure to Launch
8. 40 Days, 40 Nights
9. Good Luck Chuck
10. What Women Want
11. Something’s Gotta Give
12. Maid in Manhattan
13. Along Came Polly
14. The Wedding Planner
15. Music and Lyrics
16. Must Love Dogs
17. Rumor Has It
18. Keeping the Faith
19. Four Weddings and a Funeral
20. Ever After
21. The Notebook*
22. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days*
23. Moonstruck
24. Sex and the City
25. Runaway Bride
26. Jane Austen Book Club*
27. Sabrina
28. No Reservations
29. Forces of Nature
30. Marley and Me or He’s Just Not That Into You* (in the theater)

EDIT: * means added to original list


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5 Responses to “Rom Com Roundup [movies]”
  1. Annie says:

    I hope you come out of this intact. I fear for your sanity.

  2. E says:

    I’ve been informed that if Marley and Me is not in the theaters still, He’s Just Not Into You is released that weekend, which would serve to be an adequate replacement.

  3. Kathleen says:

    My dearest E –

    This is worse than committing suicide by jellyfish. FOUR A WEEK? REALLY? But as always, I’ll support you like how I’ll support your blow habit if you have one (speaking of blow, you must watch “The Wrestler” if you haven’t already seen it – it’s my antidote suggestion for your extensive list).
    For a fan of rom-coms, I’m surprised at how long your “unwatched” list is.

    Movies from your selection which I believe may screw you up the most:
    **Definitely, Maybe
    – good thing the election is over, or you woulda been disappointed not coming out of all your volunteering with a love interest
    – is as bad as Mystery from VH1’s “The Pickup Artist” – but gives any man hope. False hope, that you too can marry a millionaire-ess with a model physique.

    Movie I think you need to take out:
    **She’s The Man
    – Amanda Bynes? Really? No. This won’t be enough to sway you, you’ll just scoff at the movie after. It’s too band-camp-ish. Replace it with “Down To You” with Freddie Prinze Jr. and Julia Stiles (if you haven’t seen it yet). Why? Because I said so.

    other notes:
    -Where’S “THE NOTEBOOK” on here? Ah, you’ve seen it already, haven’t you?
    -Dig into Asian super sappy movies, like “My Sassy Girl” or “Il Mare” for overkill.

    Good luck in your endeavor, whatever doesn’t kill you, will only make you more jaded. ;P


  4. E says:

    OF COURSE I’ve seen Down to You. And The Notebook isn’t a romantic COMEDY, is it?

  5. Kathleen says:

    I suppose you’re right, although I did laugh at a good bulk of the scenes.
    My bad, I forgot your stipulations.
    Onward upward, my friend.
    Stay away from razors for this experiment.

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