Rom-Com Confession

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By Paul Fisher

Forgive me readers, for I have sinned… I’m not a Catholic but that seems the most apt phrase for the situation I’m in here, the thing is, as a 21 year-old male, I should probably love high drama, fast paced action movies, like Die Hard (Which I’ve never seen) but, erm, the thing is, I’d much rather watch a Romantic Comedy…

I think my love for this kind of film stems from one of my most favourite films of all time, Four Weddings and a Funeral. I bloody love Hugh Grant and his daft, posh twang that should be annoying but isn’t. I long to see the happy ending that is inevitable and all the other clichéd rubbish which happens in most rom-coms. I know I shouldn’t like them but I can’t bloody help it!

It doesn’t really matter if the film is British, American or Japanese, I’ll get sucked in like a middle-aged woman and will have to see it through and will find myself grinning like an idiot. Surely I’m not alone!?

Looking through the numerous lists of “Best” Rom-Coms, there are some right stinkers but I challenge anyone who hasn’t seen ‘Love Actually’ to watch it at Christmas and not smile, laugh, cry and reflect on life at some point, I’m sure the cynical brigade will laugh it off but it’s genuinely such a feel good movie, with an all-star British cast that is second to none!

These films always seem to follow a similar line and the same actors and actresses pop up again and again but a few of these are in a league of their own. I have my favourites just like everyone but I don’t want to list them all (there’s a lot) so I’ll just give my top five characters in rom-coms.

5 – Tom Leezak, Just Married

Ashton Kutcher is a cool guy, right? In the 2003 film he plays Tom, a underachiever who marries a girl, Sarah (The late Brittany Murphy) who is out of his league. The way he stumbles through his honeymoon from hell is great and although it isn’t the greatest film of all time it’s good to switch off for an hour and a half and enjoy the chemistry that these two young actors enjoy.

4 – Will Freeman, About a Boy

Did I say I love Hugh Grant? He may appear in this top five more than once… If you haven’t seen ‘About a Boy’ then I suggest you change that, it’s on ITV2 every other night anyway but this doesn’t take away from its greatness. Will is a grown man who has sponged his way through life off the back of his dad’s one hit song. He is taught the way of the world by a young boy, Marcus (Nick Hoult) and they form an unlikely friendship, Grant plays a dopey, middle-aged man who still thinks he is cool but ultimately he is in between being young and old and portrays this in a fantastic manner.

3 – Sonny Koufax, Big Daddy

I’m cheating a little by introducing ‘Big Daddy’ in a Rom-Com article but I just love it so much (It’s good, right). Adam Sandler plays a guy who is also a sponger, maybe I just look up to these guys because I’m scared of the real world, anyway, Sonny is tasked with looking after his friend’s son who is dumped on his doorstep and he has to grow up and learn a lot very fast. A genuinely good Adam Sandler film with same cracking one liners.

2 – Alex ‘Hitch’ Hitchens, Hitch

Will Smith is cool as fuck and this shines through no end in ‘Hitch’. He plays the part brilliantly and his chemistry with both Sara (Eva Mendes) and Albert (Kevin James) is great. A feel good film with a touch of class that is often missing from films like these.

1 – Charles, Four Weddings and a Funeral

It’s Hugh Grant at his very best and that is all I need to say, if you’ve not seen it, watch it, I have two copies just in case, because it’s that good!

So there we have it, I love Rom-Coms and I don’t care who knows it! Except 27 Dresses, that was truly terrible, I fell asleep in the cinema it was that bad. Give me your worst.

Paul is the editor of The Write Club and is a regular on The SPL Podcast when he isn’t juggling real life, uni work and real work. He loves Irn Bru and Swearing.

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