We are all guilty of it, we all watch them, bash them and secretly love them. They are romantic comedies, the bane of everyone’s existence. There isn’t one person out there who hasn’t seen a romantic comedy (or a few). While many people will watch the film, suffer with the characters, feel their pain, compare their pain to something in your own life. Some even go as far as to cry. However, when it’s all said and done, no one wants to truly admit that they loved a film that critics have dismantled in reviews. Romantic comedies get a bad rep they are seen as the lower end of the film market. Even though many people in the industry make A LOT of money off of them. We will admit that they can sometimes be annoying and unrealistic. They give people hope about love that would just never happen in real life. So why do we continue to watch them? Why do we waste our precious time getting involved, no emotionally invested in these films that are just so ridiculous? The truth is, there is actually so much to love about them. When you look beyond the unrealistic aspect and the insane way that love is portrayed there are films that we just can’t get enough of.
20. Drive Me Crazy
This early 2000s teen romantic comedy starring Melissa Joan Hart and a fresh-faced Adrian Grenier was loved by many. It focused on two people who were dumped and decided to team up to get revenge on their ex’s. They obviously end up falling in love causing even more problems for them and their ex’s. First of all, in real life who would think to do this? Or better yet, who is that butt-hurt about a break up that they devise a plan like this one to get revenge? People get cheated on and broken up with every day this is not a normal reaction. However, we can’t help but love that they kind of brought out different sides of one another. They proved that opposites do attract thus leaving many mediocre people with the hope that they too can catch their unexpected crush.
19. Made Of Honor
Nothing is worse than being in the friend zone. So, why not make a movie about it? Made Of Honor followed two best friends forever a guy and a girl. She gets engaged and asks him to be her maid of honor. Here is where the problems start, let’s be honest a male maid of honor almost never works out. A maid of honor’s job is to run around and essentially be the right hand of the bride no man is doing this. Especially one who has to work (although they did set this up in a way where the best friend invented coffee sleeves). So no real work hours for him. The film is annoying because of course, she finds out he is in love with her. Only after being a womanizer for the better part of 10 years.
18. Just Go With It
Adam Sandler has had a hard time with romantic comedies yet, he continues to make them. Just Go With It is just one of the films in a long line of questionable rom-com that has come from the comedian. The story follows a man who pretends to be in the process of a divorce in order to get the attention of a beautiful woman. Okay, that sounds crazy and unrealistic. Why would she want to be with you when she can just find someone single? There are so many whys. The good thing about this film is whether you want to admit it or not there are a few funny AF moments. Also, at this point in his career, Adam Sandler can do no wrong, he’s paid his dues. His fans are so loyal that even when his films flop they will still generate buzz.
Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda what can go wrong, right? Well, apparently, a lot. It wasn’t the box office gold that the stars thought it would be. In fact, it tanked quite harshly. That being said the film tackled a topic that many people around the world suffer from in silence. The dreaded mother-in-law has been treating newlywed women and men like crap for decades and this film shines a light on that. Well, in a more dramatic way. The great thing about this film was that it had Jane Fonda. No matter what she will always be a legend and Jennifer Lopez is a legend in her own right. So while this film flopped at least it has two legends and honestly a few good scenes.
16. All About Steve
Sandra Bullock is on a bit of a high for a moment and this opened her up to a lot of… interesting roles. One of those roles was All About Steve. It is about a woman who is set up on a blind date with a guy who CLEARLY is not interested. She quickly (unnaturally) becomes obsessed with him and follows him around the country as he works his job as a news cameraman. It’s annoying how desperate she is. In addition, those stupid red rain boots with every outfit are beyond ridiculous. The best part about this film is that the fact that Bullock acknowledged how bad it was. She went to the Razzies to accept her award and she gave a copy to every audience member. Why should she care right? The next night she won an Oscar for The Blind Side.
15. Dirty Love
Jenny McCarthy is truly a funny chick she has just been given the crappy end of the stick when it comes to some films. Dirty Love was one of those films. This is an example of what happens when you break the age-old rule of working with your spouse. The film supposedly only made $35,000. It also starred Carmen Electra as the best friend helping McCarthy’ character to get back her cheating ex-boyfriend. The redeeming quality of this film is that McCarthy works hard to make the viewers laugh in this rom-com gone wrong. Her comedic timing is pretty on point, so it somewhat saves this disaster film with an unrealistic plot. No one wants back a cheating ex.
14. Love Actually
Okay, we will probably get attacked for this but let’s be honest, this film is very overrated. It’s more of a holiday movie than a romantic comedy but because it’s called Love Actually and has a bunch of love stories here we are. The overly dramatic gestures of love and the constant emphasis on what love “means” is just something that we could all do without. That being said, who doesn’t love seeing those dramatic gestures when it’s in a film and we will admit the cast of virtual nobodies who end up being big celebrities is exciting to see. Besides that, this film can get annoying quickly because during the holiday season it is played on every channel all the time. Someone might as well make a Love Actually channel and just have it on rotation.
13. 27 Dresses
Always the bridesmaid is definitely a thing. This is what happens when you have too many female friends. There will always be that one friend who is single and in everyone’s wedding. The film has a few laughs and James Marsden who isn’t horrible is co-starring in it. But come on, a journalist writing an article on a girl who has been a bridesmaid 27 times… no one cares. It is funny when she does a montage of all the bridesmaid dresses and truthfully, it is pretty relatable for anyone who has had to be a bridesmaid. It’s just a little over the top when they do things like getting the entire bar to sing “Bennie and the Jets”.
12. 13 Going On 30
If only it was so easy to go back in time and change things that didn’t work out the way you wanted them to. 13 Going on 30 is a film after our own hearts but let’s be real, it’s corny AF. Having a grown woman who acts like a child and makes adult decisions, it is kind of crazy. One of the best things about this film is Jennifer Garner she is just so lovable. She makes the film bearable and how can you not love the flashback scenes. And of course, when she puts her backstabbing “best friend” co-worker in her place. It’s probably the least visually offensive film on this list.
11. Something Borrowed
Two women that are best friends are sleeping with one another’s significant others. Whatever happened to girl code? It’s crazy that a film like this can fall under the romantic comedy category when it involves so much deceit and betrayal. The thing that does make people love this film is the drama. There is so much drama amongst the 4 people and then other people get drawn into it as well. Everyone loves to be in everyone else’s business and it’s the same in real life. There is nothing better than a film that satisfies the nosey Tom in everyone. The way it ends though is pretty crazy and we won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it but it’s interesting.
10. Dr. T And The Women
It’s always been a bit creepy to us that there is an abundance of male gynecologist in the medical field. So what better way to make females feel secure about their male gyno then making a film about a male gyno. This film starred Richard Gere, Farah Fawcett, Helen Hunt and number of other great female actresses. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to save this film it is kind of a bore and it portrays women in a light that kind of makes them look crazy. Plus, his awkward relationship with Helen Hunt’s character was something that rubbed people the wrong way. His wife has a mental breakdown and he’s trying to get chummy with the golf instructor. There’s a lot of no about this film. Yet, people love the fact that it cast strong female actors.
9. He’s Just Not That Into You
He’s just not that into you was originally a book, a best seller to be exact. The film, however, didn’t do that well but it was sure an eye-opener. It had a bunch of stories that portray some men as crappy cheaters, some men who hate marriage. And some who think that the bachelor life is the best life. The film wasn’t horrible it was just annoying that Ginnifer Goodwin’s character was constantly whining about being single. Then magically shr finds a guy who de-codes all the rules of dating for her. Truthfully, it kind of made women look pathetic. Eventually, it turns around and it has a few parts that really does shine a light on relationships. Also, the cast was pretty great.
8. The Back-up Plan
It’s always creepy when pregnant women date. It’s like come on, is this really the time for you to start trying to find love? The storyline of The Back-up Plan is essentially this with a few small changes. We will the admit the plot is interesting and this is actually something people do in real life. But it’s too messy and complicated. Plus, when you think about someone sleeping with someone pregnant and they aren’t the father it gets a little weird. Yet, people love that Jennifer Lopez is in another film. Of course, it did horrible at the box office but whenever it comes on TV you find yourself watching it from start to finish.
7. The Holiday
Another Christmas classic. Before this film came out did anyone know that you could trade houses for a holiday? We sure didn’t. The fact that you can’t find love in your own city but as soon as you move to another country for a break you find love is mesmerizing to us. It’s actually something that happens in real life and we are here for it. what we aren’t here for is the fact that Cameron Diaz and Jude Law’s character are trying to act like a long-distance relationship isn’t hard AF. They bring up the topic and of course because it’s a film we don’t get to see what happens. But it’s annoying that they would bring up serious topics about relationships and not solve even one of them.
6. How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
So, who doesn’t love this movie? Kate Hudson is an over the top psycho girlfriend. Matthew McConaughey is his same old self; successful, bachelor, womanizer. So of course, this movie is going to play out the way you think it is. It’s annoying that Hudson is supposed to be acting like a crazy new girlfriend when literally no one acts like that in a new relationship. Regardless, we can’t get enough of that dramatic ending with the kiss on the bridge stopping traffic. We can’t seem to shake the fact that the actors have undeniable chemistry. Here’s another movie basically making journalism look like a joke.
5. Sweet Home Alabama
Reese Witherspoon comes off as a complete jerk in this film. She’s in the big city, is somewhat of a success, and is engaged to a rich guy. Sounds good right? Except she has to go back home to get a divorce from her first husband in secret. She goes back home and trashes the people she grew up with family and friends because they are too “country” for her. While we admit she is horrible, we can’t get enough of the fun she has back home and the fact that she still country at heart. Also, we love that in the end she made the decision to stay home and stay married.
4. Bridget Jones Diary
Bridget Jones is so clumsy and charming, and all of her drama is in an enticing journal. We can’t deny that she was annoying, her clumsiness was sometimes too much and her dalliances with these men were a bit unrealistic. Regardless, we can’t deny that we love her aloofness and her failure to close the deal almost every time. We also adore the fact that she was just a normal girl who could get the guys that other women wish they could get. It’s great to see her go through the ups and downs of relationships and kind of confirm what other women think only they are going through.
3. Beauty And The Briefcase
Oh, Hilary Duff, we feel it for you, love. This film is straight up garbage and in a way offensive to women. Duff’s character works for Cosmo and her special assignment is to go undercover to find out what it’s like to date a businessman. Her article is an investigative piece because there is nothing more important than businessmen. She dates a BUNCH of men around the office and other offices and of course, she falls in love. The film is bad, very bad and makes Cosmo look like they are lacking a keen editor-in-chief. While the film is horrible it has a few great moments like when the main character realizes that her expose is about garbage and waste of time.
2. The Sweetest Thing
This film did horrible at the box office and we just don’t know why. The romantic comedy was actually pretty funny. It starred Cameron Diaz, Selma Blair, and Christina Applegate. It was about a woman who has a chance meeting with a guy. She feels like she missed her chance to ask him out, so she tracks him to a wedding in a small town. They keep missing one another and after a few bumps along the way they ultimately get together. We will admit the plot is farfetched and annoying, but we can look past that because it’s actually funny. It has moments that will leave you guessing and truthfully, it’s just a chick flick to watch mindlessly with the girls.
1. In Her Shoes
In Her Shoes starred Toni Collette and Cameron Diaz. It was about 2 sisters who are the total opposites. The essentially treat one another like crap. Right off the bat, the best thing about this movie is that one of the sisters has an amazing shoe collection. But, it has its questionable parts and it’s annoyingly long like well over 2 hours. But when the poorly sister whose bad at love starts to get out and live her life you just want to be her. You want to root for her and spit on the annoying sister who has never been able to pull her weight. Even though it’s more about a sisterly bond forming there is a love story in there that just never gets old.