while you were sleepingI’m always looking for a good romantic comedy when theaters come out with their new releases.  To tell you the truth, it’s been a dry spell since the heyday youth of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan .  I keep trying, but I don’t think I’ve really  enjoyed one rom com since the 90’s.

I might be a throwback to the black and white comedies like It Happened One Night, but I don’t mean that kind of screwball comedy or the raucous gut-busting comedy of Bridesmaids, which of course are great.  I mean the funny, but sweet, romance-with-an-obstacle kind of comedy found in Sleepless in Seattle, for example.

Where have all the rom coms gone?

I searched Google and wow!  Other people’s ideas of what makes a fantastic romantic comedy are widely different from mine, so I thought I’d throw my list out there and let you share yours.

1.   While You Were Sleeping – I’d never much liked Sandra Bullock until I saw this movie, but its acting and storyline are so non-sacchriny that I’d put it at the top of my list.  The misfit girl, waiting forever for her dream and dream man and bam!  There he is in the most unexpected place.

2.   When Harry Met Sally – just for the banter alone (not to mention the famous cafe scene delivered by Meg Ryan) along with the comedic chops of Billy Crystal in his younger days, this one has to be on my short-list.WHMS

3.   Pretty Woman – the concept of the man with everything who doesn’t have the one thing that matters is always intriguing.  A working girl turned girlfriend is about as cliched as they come, but somehow Julia Roberts — with all that hair! and Richard Gere with that cool aloofness — work for me.

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What about you?  Favorite three romance comedies and why.  Don’t forget the why!  It’s the most important part.  Today I’m giving away both a free audible download of The Watcher and an ebook of the same title.



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  • Amy Conley says:

    He”s mine! Hope he has lots of energy grand #2 is here,

  • Amy Conley says:

    First one is IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. It has so many twists and turns.
    2nd would be The PHILADELPHIA STORY. OMG, Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn leave me rolling
    3rd would be THE NOTEBOOK. Granted, thete isn’t tons of laughter, but there is some but the romance blows me away.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      “It Happened One Night” is such a classic, Amy, released in 1934 (can you believe it?) with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. What I can’t believe is they’ve never done a remake of it (I don’t think). I guess you don’t mess with perfection.

      • Amy Conley says:

        It was on TCM not long ago and I dvred it. There were a whole slew of Rom Com’s made during that time period so worth watching.

  • Shannon says:

    Philadelphia Story for certain.

    Silver-linings Playbook.

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s I still want to cry at the scene were she pushes the cat out of the taxi in the rain.

    It’s more comedy than romance, but Princess Bride deserves to be on any best lists.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      PRINCESS BRIDE has to be on any list, Shannon. Classic, LOL humor.

      I loved “Silver Linings Playbook”; that film really made me realize what a tremendous actress Jennifer Lawrence is.

  • Mozette says:

    Rom Coms are cool… I do enjoy them at the right time… and yep, I do Sweet Popcorn and enjoy them totally!

    I love ‘The Wedding Singer’ and ’50 First Dates’ … as a double feature with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in them! Such a great team!

    Then, I do enjoy ’10 Things I Hate About You’… okay not really a Rom Com, but close enough!… 😀

    Otherwise, who can’t go past ‘When Harry Met Sally’… 😀

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I loved both those Adam Sandler movies, Mozette, and I’m not usually a Sandler fan.

      Wasn’t “10 Things” a modern version of “Taming of the Shrew”? Was that with Heath Ledger? I may be getting my stories mixed up.

  • Becke says:

    The memory game again? Really? Let’s see if I get the genre right.

    1-Silver Linings Playbook was awesome. Part of the reason it took off is both the story and the acting. I think some great books hit the skids when the acting/editing goes bust.

    2-Something to Talk About- great characters Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick. The heroine was outrageous and said the things many would like to but don’t.

    3-The Wedding Planner was a cute Cinderella story. J-Lo and Matt, gee hard not to like.

    Oh, Short Circuit was also cute. Geeky guy meets eccentric animal lover. I like the misfits find love.

    #2 is my favorite. #1 is more recent

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Great choices, Becke. I don’t usually like J.Lo, but in “Wedding Planner” she was great. That was a cute, mixed up love kind of story.

      I don’t remember “Short Circuit” much. What was the romantic thread?

      • Becke says:

        It was for the younger audience. However, the geeky guy builds a robot. Robot gets loose and comes to live with her. She loves animals and humanizes it. She basically humanizes the hero because he’s into gadgets.

        IN the end they save the robot.

        • Becke says:

          The Robot I think was #5 and she’s Stephanie. It’s a great little romance for Mom and kids.

        • Jo Robertson says:

          Oh, riiiight, Becke. Now I remember. It was a great family movie. I see so much stuff on TV that’s great, but not family oriented AT ALL that I forget the good ones.

  • Patty L. says:

    Sweet Home Alabama is my favorite. I love the reunited high school romance.

    Ever After with Drew Barrymore playing a version of Cinderella. Prince Fallon for a peasant girl.

    How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. I love the dynamic of love hate and how love prevails.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    While You Were Sleeping – This has been at the top of my list for awhile. My family and I are always quoting lines from this movie. My son-in-law’s Grandma told me Bill Pullman had the type of voice that would make you melt in bed!

    You’ve Got Mail – The chemistry between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is so fantastic in movies like this. The fact she’s so antagonistic towards him at first adds to the charm.

    Leap Year – I love Amy Adams anyway and this was such a cute movie. The fact it was set in Ireland didn’t hurt either.

    Honorable Mention – French Kiss – Again Meg Ryan but this time with Kevin Klein. Loved the premise of the movie. I think she ruined her career when she got away from romantic comedies. Like Doris Day, that was her niche.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I see great minds run along the same lines, Debbie. “While You Were Sleeping” was so tender yet funny and I think one of the best things Bill Pullman’s done.

      I’d forgotten all about “You’ve Got Mail,” so darlingly cute! I think you’re right about Meg Ryan. She’s never been so good as she was in her rom coms, although I can understand an actor wanting to push into other kinds of performances.

    • Debbie, I love Leap Year too. It’s such a charmer and I loved the hero and heroine in that.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Good morning, everyone! We’re having lovely early morning cool weather here in northern Cal (for a change) and can actually leave the windows open and get a mild breeze.

    You may all be sick of me. It seems like I just blogged a few days ago, but I think I’m doing triple duty this month.

    And I do love to talk about rom coms, my favorite kind of movies!

  • Jo, interesting you saying you’ve had trouble finding decent romantic comedies – I had the same problem at one stage there. Must say I loved Leap Year and My Life in Ruins although neither’s particularly recent anymore. I was actually noodling through the cable channels yesterday and caught Some Like It Hot – that’s fantastic, I’d forgotten quite how clever the lines are. Hmm, I’m cheating. I haven’t got to my list yet:

    1. How to Steal a Million with Peter O’Toole and Audrey Hepburn. I never get sick of this one and it’s so romantic and clever.

    2. Pillow Talk with Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Again, funny and clever and Rock playing a naive Texas millionaire has to be seen to be believed. Great clothes too (that’s true about HTSAM!).

    3. Boys’ Night Out with the late great James Garner being just SOOOOO charming and Kim Novak being clever and funny. It pokes fun at double standards too – and I hate to say it, but great clothes!

    Oh, dear, I have gone old school! Must be feeling nostalgic today. I think if you asked me tomorrow I’d probably come up with a different list although I think HTSAM would probably still feature.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      My point, Anna, the old school rom coms seem to be my faves, although our Buddies have listed some more recent ones that were great.

      I adored the old Rock Hudson/Doris Day movies. It seemed such a naive and innocent world in those days. Or maybe, as a teen, I was more naive and innocent LOL.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Oh, my, Anna. I don’t remember “How to Steal a Million” at all. What rock was I hiding under? I’ll have to google it. Peter O’Toole was one of the great actors of all time, I think. And well, Katherine Hepburn … just saying.

  • bn100 says:

    the proposal

    all funny

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Oops, I got mixed up — Audrey Hepburn, quite a difference. She died so young that I often forget her selection of really great films (except “Breakfast at Tiffany’s, of course).

  • Jo Robertson says:

    You know, one of James Garner’s films when he was older was a rom com with Sally Fields called “Murphy’s Romance.” It was great to see a well done May to December romance. And even in his 60’s Garner could steal my heart!

  • Jo, I love RomComs, too, but I hear they’re in a downturn.

    To pick three:

    Notting Hill–Shy bookseller Hugh Grant befriends movie star Julia Roberts when she hides from the press in his shop.

    Two Weeks Notice–activist attorney Sandra Bullock agrees to work for self-absorbed CEO Hugh Grant (yes, again).

    The Backup Plan–spurred by her ticking biological clock, Jennifer Lopez becomes pregnant by artificial insemination, only to meet hunky farmer Alex O’Loughlin (I may be biased because I liked Moonlight so much) and fall in love.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    I loved Moonlight too, Nancy! Why did they ever take that off the air? Shame on them.

    Notting Hill almost made my list, too. As did The Runaway Bride. Love Julia Roberts.

  • Laurie G says:

    Pretty Woman is one of my all time favorite movies.

    I like The Proposal and French Kiss.

    I’d also add Crazy Stupid Love. I never laughed so hard watching a movie.

    I also love Breaking Away which is a coming of age movie with a romance. it’s touching and funny too.

  • Laurie G says:

    I forgot Green Card. She wanted an apartment he wanted a green card. I loved the romance that developed between Andi MacDowell’s character, Bronte, and Gerard Depardieau. The pictures they took to create a life history to show the IRS, the song he created for her, so touching and funny too.