Best Mother’s Day Films in Romantic Comedies

April 22, 2023 11:55 pm66 commentsViews: 99

The term, “chick-flick”, usually implies an inferior piece of work, to be enjoyed only by the x-chromosome gender. The truth is, most romantic comedies (which fit nicely in to the chick-flick milieu) are generic, cut-and-paste endeavors these days. However, there are an abundance of classics to choose from, as well as the occasional newer offering that manages to rise above.

When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally: Directed by Rob Reiner, and starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, as the titular pair. This is the Mother of modern romantic comedy — many have followed, most have failed. Released in 1989, this film made Meg Ryan in to America’s sweetheart (where she continued to reign, well in to the 90’s), and gave Crystal his most engaging role to date. They play Harry and Sally, a pair of college graduates, who travel to New York together, sparring all the way. They meet again, five years later… and then, again, in another five years. This time, they evolve in to friends, and then, of course, in to more. This is the way to execute a predictable formula, with a perfectly paced script, fantastic chemistry between the leads, and the all important ingredients that are lacking from so many current offerings — genuine romance, as well as genuine laughs.

Bridget Jones’s Diary: Hands down, the best romantic comedy of the last decade. When petite Texan, Renee Zellweger, was cast as the voluptuous British heroine, fans were in a fury. However, her Oscar nominated turn perfectly captured Bridget’s lovable neuroses. Her chemistry with both Colin Firth and Hugh Grant is palpable, and the script is rife with romance and wicked humor.

The Goodbye Girl: Richard Dreyfuss’s charismatic performance anchors this Neil Simon comedy.
Bringing Up Baby: This classic of the genre features shining performances from Kate Hepburn and Cary Grant (who throws all vanity out the window).

My Man Godfrey: Carole Lombard is gloriously over the top, while William Powell is beautifully understated. The two meet in the middle, in the greatest screwball comedy of all time.

Sleepless In Seattle: Classic sensibilities elevate this chaste romance.

Four Weddings and A Funeral: A quirky and subversive trifle.

Moonstruck: This offbeat charmer features an endearingly odd Nicolas Cage performance, of which we rarely see the likes of anymore.

Green Card: The climax of this film epitomizes romantic-tension payoff.

Pretty Woman: Yes, it’s sentimental and fantastical, but the star-making turn from Julia Roberts, partnered with her chemistry with Richard Gere, makes this one a keeper.


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