Guilty Pleasures: Alternative Romantic Comedies
With Valentine’s Day still in the air, and more plausibly due to the fact that I worked in a video store for five years, I have an addiction to movies. Romantic comedies in particular at this time.
It’s a common side effect from years of stacking shelves and alphabetizing films in their proper genres. I can’t say no to a slightly wacky romcom. Without this guilty pleasure, would we all know and love such cult classics like Muriel’s Wedding, Saved!, and Beautiful Girls?
So if you and your loved one are looking for something to snuggle in for, might I recommend one of these recent releases?
Two Thumbs Up.
Starring Greta Gerwig (Greenberg) as Violet, a pretentious college student set out with the goal of changing people’s lives. Whether it’s dating a moron because he has blue eyes, starting a Suicide Prevention Center that uses tap dancing as therapy, or being remembered for creating a new dance trend called the ‘Sambola,’ Violet has a lot of ideas about the world. Gathering her friends, she tries to educate them with her causes and teach them about life and love.
Also starring newcomer Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love; America’s Next Top Model) as the transfer student Violet takes under her wing, this film was a delightful find. Filmed in an almost vintage style, these girls who don’t fit in find a way to help each other.
When Beca (Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air; Twilight series) is forced to go to college by her dad, she befriends an odd women’s acapella group, the Barden Bellas.
While IMDBing Kendrick, I learned she actually began her acting career on the stage performing in musicals and received several awards. So singing was no new thing for this leading lady.
Also in the Barden Bellas lending huge laughs was Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids) portraying Fat Amy, a girl who’s really good at “mermaid dancing.” And Brittany Snow (John Tucker Must Die; TV’s American Dreams) plays Chloe, the girl who gets Beca to join the Bellas.
What makes this flick a romantic comedy is the tuneage tension between rival groups, the Barden Bellas with the all boys’ Treblemakers! And it’s a hilarious one! Guys and girls will enjoy this film.
In a slightly more melancholy romance, actress and writer Zoe Kazan gives us Ruby Sparks. For all you writers out there, you’ll find this one fascinating. It’s the story of a has been writer, played by Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine), while starting a new piece of work, he wakes up one day to find his female lead living in his apartment. Everything he writes about her comes true.
Now that’s a dangerous power. What would you do in that situation?
Calvin (Dano) tries to balance real life with fiction, but can he tell who’s writing what? Is he writing his life or his life writing itself out?
It’s a unique story and one I think is really thought provoking. It’s told from Calvin’s point of view, but written by Kazan and I find that whole dynamic striking. Fun fact: Dano and Kazan are dating in real life, so it’s very likely this idea was a cohesive story thought up by both of them. Either way, very entertaining!
What films are on your must see list? Have you caught any of these flicks? Would you like me to alphabetize your movie collection? Leave a comment! I Luh-Huv talking about movies!