The B Sunglasses team are a lovable bunch and we love nothing more than settling down to watch a good romantic comedy. With it being Valentine’s Day we thought it the perfect excuse to pick our top Valentine’s Day movies. We’ve asked around the office and compiled our list of some of our favourite rom-coms.
Silver Linings Playbook
David O Russell assembled his all-star pairing of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper for the first time in the uplifting, quirky love story. Cooper plays a teacher who has recently been released from a psychiatric institution and is intent on reconciling with his estranged wife. However, through a mutual friend he meets Lawrence’s character who promises to deliver letters to his wife if he agrees to compete in an upcoming dance co
mpetition with her. Both characters are portrayed brilliantly and it’s easy to see why Russell has chosen them to star together in so many of his films. The stellar supporting cast perfectly prop up this heart-warming tale of two people coming together despite adversities being thrown their way.
Crazy, Stupid, Love
You wouldn’t think a middle-aged man going through a divorce could be so hilarious. Steve Carell Plays Cal, whose world is turned upside down when his wife asks for a divorce out of the blue. While on his journey of self-pity he bumps into ladies’ man Jacob Palmer, played by Gosling, while out at a bar. Jacob takes him under his wing and shows him how to woo women using his trademark charm and moves. The two strike up a close friendship until it’s established that Jacob has actually fallen in love with Cal’s oldest daughter, without either of them realising, but as with most good rom-coms there is a happy ending as they forget their differences and Cal and his wife reconcile their relationship.
I Love You, Man
Another laugh out loud comedy on the list is 2009’s I Love You, Man which is more brom-com than rom-com. Paul Rudd plays Peter Klaven, a newly engaged real estate agent who suddenly comes to the realisation that he has no male friends to ask to be his best man, other than his dad and brother. He proceeds to go on a series of ‘mate dates’ to find a suitable friend which end in disaster. Then one day he is hosting an open house which is attended by Sidney Fife, Jason Segel, and the rest is history, the two become inseparable and have a series of hilarious adventures.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Yet again we’ve gone for a movie that is more a comedy than a romantic feature. Jason Segel is hilarious as Peter Bretter who has split up with his girlfriend and heads off to Hawaii to cheer himself up. Unbeknownst to him his ex is travelling to, not only the same island, but the exact same resort with her new beau and famous singer Aldous Snow, played by a riotously funny Russell Brand. You can watch this movie over and over and still find it jaw-achingly funny as some of the cameo performances in it are phenomenal.
A romantic comedy and a Christmas film, what’s not to love?! Richard Curtis movies are always light hearted, humorous affairs that leave you grinning from ear to ear and this is no exception. The movie follows a group of different couples at different stages of their relationships during the lead up to Christmas. Describing the cast as all-star is something of an understatement as the leading lights of British cinema are all present in this modern classic, including the late, great Alan Rickman.
As you can see, we love our rom-coms at B Sunglasses but our favourites are anything but mushy, lovey affairs. Let us know your favourites below.