Kim Tsuyuki
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Ah, Valentine’s Day. A day to celebrate your love for your partner and go out to a fancy restaurant — at least, that’s what you typically think. However, this Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday, so going out when you have things to do the next day may not be very appealing. There are many couples who don’t like going out and would rather stay in to watch movies. Or, maybe you’re single! And looking for something to do if you’re spending Valentine’s with your friends! If you’re planning on marathoning some romantic comedies, but don’t know where to start, look no further than the QC! Grab some popcorn, ice cream, and a cozy blanket and go through the list of our favorite rom-coms:

Joe Donnelly, Faculty Advisor: Jokingly, The Nice Guys (Hulu) but truly, His Girl Friday (Amazon Prime Video)

“There is definitely something romantic and tender amid all the wreckage in the bromance that unfolds between the two leads, Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys. But, of course, my real favorite is His Girl Friday, for reasons that are probably obvious . . . the rapid-fire dialogue, the characters and the romantic and fraught call of seeking the truth to journalists.”

Bri Wilson, Editor-In-Chief: 50 First Dates (Hulu)

“It’s just such a nostalgic movie for me; I think it’s the first romantic comedy I ever watched all the way through and the only movie where Adam Sandler doesn’t irk me to no end. (Also, I just love Drew Barrymore with all my heart.)”

Kristi Weyand, Executive Editor: Enchanted (Disney+)

Enchanted is probably to credit for my affinity for rom-com’s (plus, it stars the holy grail of rom-com casts). While it’s more fantastical and wholesome than a lot of rom-coms, it’s a great watch this Valentine’s day if you need to reignite your hope for a happily ever after.”

Ari Juarez, Deputy Editor: 10 Things I Hate About You (Disney+)

10 Things I Hate About You is probably one of the first romantic comedies I had watched. I didn’t like the genre for a lot of reasons, but being able to sit down and watch it with my childhood friend is probably a memory I’ll always cherish. I won’t take goofy approaches to love for granted ever again — is it how I want my romantic life to go? No, but I enjoy seeing it play out for other people.”

Emily Henderson, Asst. News Editor: The Wedding Singer (HBO Max)

“I’ve watched it so many times because of the sweet story about second chances, with some great music in the backdrop! Also, it’s one of my mom’s favorite movies, and I’ve watched it like a million times, so it has a huge nostalgia factor for me.”

Abigail Sanchez, Opinions Editor: The Proposal (Hulu)

“I like this movie because my favorite scene is Sandra Bullock trying to sacrifice a dog to a hawk so she can get her phone back.”

Haley Vallejo, Campus Life Editor: 13 Going On 30 (Hulu) and The Wedding Planner (Peacock)

I really like 13 Going On 30 because I was in LOVE with the ‘80s [to] ‘90s aesthetic. For The Wedding Planner, I really like most J-Lo rom-coms.”

Kim Tsyuki, A&E Editor: Crazy Rich Asians (HBO Max)

“I adore this movie; it’s one of my comfort films. Did I cry at the wedding scene the first time I watched it? Absolutely! I was rooting for Rachel the entire time. The representation, the costuming, the grandiosity of the whole movie just makes me incredibly happy.”

Mercedes Brookins, Asst. A&E Editor: Set It Up (Netflix), How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days (Peacock), Love & Basketball (HBO Max)

Set It Up is about two assistants who are constantly working and decide to set up their bosses in order to get them off their backs. I feel like this is one of the best rom-coms of our generation, like it has a lot of the cute quirkiness of older rom-coms but is still fresh and a way that isn’t cheesy. How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a classic where an advice columnist decides to write about how to get a guy to leave you in 10 days, and she uses this experiment on a guy who just made a bet that he can make any woman fall in love with him. Love & Basketball is a super sweet movie about two childhood friends who both want to be basketball players and over the years start falling for each other, but their basketball dreams risk them being pulled away from each other.”

Sage Amdahl, Photos Editor: Legally Blonde (Amazon Prime Video for $3.99)

“Elle Woods is just a great source of inspiration (aka a baddie).”

Dafne Avila, Photographer: Sleepover (Google Play)

“My favorite rom-com is Sleepover because it takes me back to being a little girl and wishing something like that happened to me.”

Abby Padilla, Social Media Manager: Anchorman (Paramount+)

Anchorman counts, right? I like the scene where the credits are rolling and they’re acting like it’s playful banter, but they’re actually insulting each other. I love a woman who defends herself.”

Tanner Sherlock, Staff Writer: The Princess Bride (Disney+)

The Princess Bride is known as, like, the best movie ever. Most of the conversation around the film focuses on the varied plot and how many genres can be applied to it, but something that I think deserves more focus is the romance. Buttercup and Wesley are totes adorbs and exhibit a kind of fairytale love that is more interesting and relatable than anything in the Disney fairytale canon. It’s a love we don’t see a lot in films, especially not in films that are so popular with adults. They love each other unconditionally; it’s a fairytale romance that is relatively uncomplicated, but also has depth. They joke and play off each other really well; they have a rough patch when Buttercup thinks Wesley is dead, but their love prevails. They’re both good characters and are a perfect heart to an excellent movie.”

Savanna Piette, Copy Editor: Crazy, Stupid, Love (HBO Max)

“My favorite rom-com is Crazy, Stupid, Love. I love this movie because the chain reaction of everything is so crazy, and it really says something about how love can be crazy.”

Shelby Silva, Staff Writer: 10 Things I Hate About You (Disney+)

10 Things I Hate About You makes me nostalgic, and it is my favorite because (1.) Heath Ledger is one of the main leads, (2.) Joseph Gordon-Levitt also starred in the film (both being brilliant and handsome actors who have nice smiles), and (3.) The soundtrack was amazing! From classic tracks like “Bad Reputation” to Ledger’s serenade of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and the party scene that included “Hypnotize,” it was a solid soundtrack.”

Louis Ascencio, Staff Writer: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Peacock)

The message shares perspectives of dating and moving on from your past. I know it may be an unusual choice for a rom-com, but it’s an enjoyable movie overall. I believe it’s a movie unlike any other for the time it came out, 2010. The cast is great, their performances are amazing. Additionally, its adaptations of its very own comics and video games are outstanding.”

Lauren Montoya, Staff Writer: The Proposal (Hulu)

“It’s really the only rom-com that’s made me genuinely laugh and have a good time watching a movie from a genre I’m not the biggest fan of.”

Nadine Syed-Jefri, Copy Editor: The Princess Bride (Disney+)

The Princess Bride is my favorite because, after having watched it several times during celebrations that marked the end of a fencing season, it never gets old. Plus, a dashing young Carey Elwes, Andre the Giant, and even huge puppet rats? What more can you ask for?”

Teresa McGlothlin, Staff Writer: An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn (Netflix)

“This is my go-to rom-com because it’s so satirical to every other rom-com and it’s a love triangle. It’s super quirky, and the fashion is stupid and gorgeous. Aubrey Plaza was made for this ridiculous hopeless romantic role.”

There are definitely some repeats on this list; however, that just goes to show how great they are (and all the more reason for you to watch them). From the classic rom-coms, to the more popular ones, to some you may not have even heard of, hopefully, our list of movies is what you needed for the season of love!

Featured Photo: Courtesy of Sage Amdahl / Quaker Campus

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  • Kim Tsuyuki is a third-year English major with a minor in Film Studies. This is her first year working for the QC and is currently writing for the Arts & Entertainment section. When she isn’t working, she can be found playing video games, collecting stickers, and watching the same three movies (over and over, like chill out Kim). She’s kinda sad, but mostly hungry.

Kim Tsuyuki is a third-year English major with a minor in Film Studies. This is her first year working for the QC and is currently writing for the Arts & Entertainment section. When she isn’t working, she can be found playing video games, collecting stickers, and watching the same three movies (over and over, like chill out Kim). She’s kinda sad, but mostly hungry.

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