Sometimes you're in the mood for a good rom-com, but your partner just isn't. Hard as it is to believe, some people are resistant to the charms of romantic comedies. That's where this list of pretty good rom-coms available to stream on Netflix comes in. It will help you find a movie that will scratch your romantic itch, while still offering something worthwhile to the person who typically hates this genre. At the very least, these movies offer just enough pleasure to earn a couple of hours of your time.
If nothing else, these films cover a wide variety of styles and subject matter. In some, the romance is front and center; in others, it's a crucial supporting element. And in others still, the romance comes from a completely unexpected angle. The next time you and your rom-com averse significant other are looking for a movie you can both enjoy, give one of these a chance.
What's it all about?: Andy (Steve Carell) has never been intimate with a woman. At age 40, he vows to finally make this happen. He thinks his chance arrives after meeting single mother Trish (Catherine Keener), but she just got out of a bad relationship and isn't ready for another big step yet.
How is it romantic?: The movie's message is that it's never too late to find love - or to consummate it. Andy learns that his obsession with sex is meaningless since genuine, abiding love is far more gratifying.
Why would the rom-com averse still like it?: Directed by Judd Apatow, The 40-Year-Old Virgin has wall-to-wall laughs, with Andy's action-figure collection, eccentric coworkers, and awkward attempts to "get lucky." The supporting cast is unbeatable. Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch, Romany Malco, Mindy Kaling, and Jonah Hill are all here in various capacities. A scene in which Carell gets his chest waxed (for real) has become a classic moment.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%
What's it all about?: Overworked personal assistants Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell) think their mean bosses (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs) would be nicer and more lenient if they were happier. With that in mind, they concoct a scheme to hook up their employers. Of course, it's the assistants who fall head over heels instead.
How is it romantic?: Set It Up is a good old-fashioned tale of boy meeting girl. We like Harper and Charlie, which makes us root for them to work out as a couple. The structure may remind you of various classic rom-coms.
Why would the rom-com averse still like it?: Traditional though it may be, the movie has whip-smart dialogue that draws you into the plot. A look at the stress of working in a high-pressure professional environment gives Set It Up a bit of distinction.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%
What's it all about?: Average guy Kirk (Jay Baruchel) somehow gets stunningly gorgeous Molly (Alice Eve) to be his girlfriend. However, his insecurity about her seeming physical perfection might screw their romance up if he's not careful.
How is it romantic?: On the surface, the plot may seem a little sexist. Once it gets into its rhythm, though, you'll see this is a movie about the importance of finding beauty on the inside and accepting that looks are not what really matters.
Why would the rom-com averse still like it?: She's Out of My League contains some raunchy humor that will make the romantic stuff go down smoother for viewers who generally don't like rom-coms. There are several moments of genuine insight that might win you over as well.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%
What's it all about?: Hugh Grant plays Will, a rich, immature womanizer who likes living without any real responsibilities. After meeting a young boy named Marcus (Nicholas Hoult) and his single mother Fiona (Toni Collette), he starts learning how to become a more compassionate human being. That serves him well when he meets Rachel (Rachel Weisz), the first woman with whom he wants to get serious.
How is it romantic?: Based on Nick Hornby's novel, About a Boy shows how a real cad can grow up, learn to accept deeper emotions, and have a mature relationship.
Why would the rom-com averse still like it?: The romantic angle is important, but secondary to the friendship between Will and Marcus. There are a lot of laughs from that unlikely pairing, yet it all feels very truthful. Hugh Grant's career-best performance demands to be seen.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%