Love them or hate them, we’ve all seen a rom-com at some point – there is no way around it. Some are good, others are desperate, but a selected few are just good movies regardless of what you think of rom-coms. So here are a few of them, there are no major spoilers.
1. 10 things I hate about you
This is a great rom-com as it starts very differently to how you would expect. Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is an antisocial, tough girl who has no interest in the high school day-to-day life. Her sister Bianca however, is the complete opposite: popular and fully immersed in school life; she wants to start dating guys. In order to stop Bianca from dating, their father has allowed Bianca to date when Kat does. Cameron (Joseph Gordon Levitt) is new at school and tries everything to gain Bianca’s attention. So he and his friend Michael, hire Patrick (Heath Ledger) to date Kat, so that Cameron can get together with Bianca. As you can imagine, problems arise with this plan.
2. Love Simon
Simon (Nick Robinson) is a gay student but hasn’t come out yet. This changes when one day Leah (Katherine Langsford), Simons best friend, informs him of a confession of a closeted gay student known by the alias ‘Blue’. Simon begins to contact ‘Blue’ under the name ‘Jacques’, they get along well and can share their experiences. This all changes when someone finds out about Simon’s online identity and sexual orientation, and uses this to blackmail him. How will Simon over come this?
Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is an attractive and wealthy high school student, however, she’s quite superficial. The film follows her daily life as a student and how she manipulates people in order to get what she wants. However, when one of her ‘projects’ backfires, she finally reflects on her priorities and realises that things have to change.
4. 500 Days of Summer
Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a hopeless romantic; Summer (Zooey Deschanel) on the other hand, does not. The story follows Tom through his relationship with Summer and how he has to grow past it, once they break up.
Grease is a story about two high school students, Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton John). When they first meet during their summer holiday, both fall in love with each other, but once the new school year starts and Sandy has enrolled at the Danny’s local high school, their ways have parted. Will they find together again?
6. The Proposal
Margaret is an executive editor in chief, who is about to be deported back to Canada, after violating terms on her work Visa. She persuades her assistant Andrew to marry her so she won’t get deported. On a trip to Alaska to see Andrew’s parents, feelings start to develop between them, but Margaret is beaten up with guilt over lying to his parents that she flees, without telling Andrew..