I consider myself a pretty savvy lady – I can change a car tire, I have a career that I love most of the time, I can make it an entire night in five inch heels without my feet touching the pavement, and I know how to use a credit card to break into my apartment when I leave my keys at the bar. But, underneath this I-am-a-modern-woman-hear-me-roar exterior lies an unabashed lover of the hater’s favorite movie genre: The Romantic Comedy.
Give me a flight any longer than an hour and I’ll take a Vampire Diaries marathon. Put me on a flight across the country, and I’ll wash the Vampire Diaries marathon down with viewing #726 of He’s Just Not That Into You. It’s not that I don’t realize that the romantic comedy is estrogen laden bubblegum for the brain. It’s just that I really, really like bubblegum.
The Holiday-Themed-Romantic-Comedy is a special sub-genre that I hold close to my heart. Not only are the among the most ridiculous, but they come at a time of year when I’d much rather be sipping a tall glass of eggnog in my pajamas, than schlepping around town in below freezing temperatures.
According to me, here are the best holiday romantic comedies to get you in the mood:
Trust me, I am just as bothered by Nicholas Cage’s face as you are. However, I am not at all bothered by the face of a twelve years younger Jeremy Piven. This is reason enough to watch The Family Man. Also, it will probably be on TBS every Saturday afternoon between now and Christmas, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to watch it.
Bridget Jones’ Diary
Remember how everyone applauded Renee Zellweger for gaining 30 pounds for this role, and in all of the post-production interviews all she could do was talk about how hard it was for her to eat a box of Krispy Kreme each day? I stopped liking her after that. I will always, however, like this movie. Featuring a fish-out-of-water trying to lose 10 pounds, find love, keep a job, and quit smoking, Bridget Jones’ Diary perfectly describes my early twenties – well, maybe minus the Colin Firth character, who didn’t come into my life until much later…
Yes. The thought of watching more than an hour of Will Farrell in an uncomfortably tight elf costume is very, very unappealing. And, yes – it is a Will Farrell movie. However, Elf has replaced A Christmas Story as the preferred holiday film among my family. If you’re willing to put aside memories of bad Will Farrell memories of years past, then you’ll be able to enjoy this movie as much as it’s meant to be enjoyed. At the very least, it features Zooey Deschanel doing what she does best: being super and almost annoyingly cute while I writhe with jealousy.
Under the Tuscan Sun
I don’t care if only five minutes of this film actually takes place during Christmas. I also don’t care if this film is built around totally unrealistic clichés about Italy. Under the Tuscan Sun is like fucking Prozac to me. Going through a breakup? Watch this film five times and I guarantee that you’ll be the poster child of optimism. So, for this reason and not much else, it deserves a nod.
There’s a little something for everyone in Love Actually. People falling in love. People falling out of love. An adorable eight-year-old British boy that falls deeply and passionately in love with an American girl of the brown persuasion. And, if all else fails – there is always Rodrigo Santoro, whom I like to call Brazil’s gift to the civilized world.
The Family Stone
I love this movie, and I think that the people in my life hate me for it. Featuring Sarah Jessica Parker in a role even more unlikeable than Sex and the City 2, The Family Stone tells the story of the prodigal son who brings his obnoxious girlfriend to meet his very liberal family. We all know how this one’s going to end, right? Or, do we…
It’s also worth noting that while The Family Stone is billed as a romantic comedy, it ends pretty dramatically. And, who doesn’t love a good holiday-themed cry?
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