A good romantic comedy is like a perfectly glazed donut: It's not necessarily the healthiest choice and it isn't fancy cuisine either, but when you're craving a sweet treat, there just isn't anything like it. Long relegated to the ranks of "chick flicks" and other stereotypically girly categories, rom coms can achieve the beautiful balance of providing both a heartwarming, cheesy love story and a deep commentary on the nature of human relationships.
Below you'll find the best romantic comedies to watch right now, from the newest releases to ones a few months old that are still worth the detour. Be ready to add some butterflies to your donut-filled stomach.
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8. 'The Big Sick': June 23, 2017
Starring Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani, who also co-wrote the movie, and What If's Zoe Kazan, The Big Sick is based on Nanjiani's real life and his relationship with Emily Gordon. As Pakistani standup comedian, his Muslim family is critical of his relationship with his girlfriend, and things get even trickier when she suddenly falls ill. The film premiered at Sundance this year to rave reviews, and Judd Apatow produced.
7. 'Paris Can Wait': May 12, 2017
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola's wife Eleanor Coppola, Paris Can Wait is a delightful whirlwind of romance, beautiful sights and great food. Diane Lane plays an American woman whose husband's associate offers to drive her back to Paris. But instead of taking a direct route, the ride turns into an actual trip full of surprises.
6. 'The Lovers': May 5, 2017
It's the kind of plot that sounds all too familiar: An old couple lose the spark between them and throw themselves into their own affairs. Yet one day, they seem to realize that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Produced by A24, The Lovers premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to great reviews.
5. 'Wilson': March 24, 2017
In Wilson, #WoodyHarrelson is a lonely, slightly crazy man who suddenly finds out that he had a daughter with his estranged wife, played by Laura Dern, long ago enough that she's now a teenager. Despite the complete lack of a family structure or even a bond between him and his ex-wife, he decides he's going to go and reunite with his child.
4. 'Everybody Loves Somebody': February 17, 2017
The gorgeous Karla Souza plays a successful single lady who drags her colleague to her parents' wedding to avoid the dreadful questioning about why she doesn't have a date. Unfortunately for her, her ex reappears out of nowhere. It's a charming and sweet comedy on love and family, carried by a strong female lead.
3. 'Why Him?': December 23, 2016
Starring Zoey Deutch, Bryan Cranston and James Franco, Why Him? is the classic scenario of dad meets boyfriend and the tension that ensues. In this one, Cranston is an overprotective father who sees his daughter about to get engaged to a rowdy, shameless millionaire. It's the perfectly distracting comedy, with a great cast to boot.
2. 'La La Land': December 9, 2016
#EmmaStone + #RyanGosling + a jazzy musical = are we in romance heaven? Damien Chazelle's bittersweet love story gathered a record 14 nominations at the 2017 Oscars, almost winning Best Picture. It's a one-of-a-kind rom com, mixing old musical references with modern actors and classic jazz with commercial pop.
1. 'Bridget Jones's Baby': September 16, 2016
Oh, Bridget. #BridgetJones is obviously and incontestably one of the best romantic comedies of all time, so how did the last installment of the series do? Actually not so bad, considering how the third time's usually not the charm for a movie franchise. This time, Renée Zellweger finds herself in a love triangle with Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey, and honestly, that's reason enough to watch.
What's been your go-to rom-com lately? Share your recommendations below!