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.
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What's it all about?: Novelist Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. He isn't close to many people, but does fancy Carol (Helen Hunt), the waitress at the restaurant where he eats daily. Despite being initially put off by his bizarre, uncontrollable behaviors and surly attitude, Carol starts to see the man Melvin is inside. He likes her pretty well, too.
How is it romantic?: The characters are a little older and more mature, so it's refreshing to see a story about adults falling in love. The manner in which Carol melts Melvin's cynical heart is touching.
Why would the rom-com averse still like it?: Acclaimed writer/director James L. Brooks crafts believable characters and authentic situations that pull you in. Nicholson and Hunt won Oscars for their roles, so the acting level is sky high.Is this pretty good?
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What's it all about?: Two platonic friends (Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks) are hard up for money. To solve their financial woes, they decide to make an adult film together. In the process, they realize they may want to be more than just friends.
How is it romantic?: In spite of the provocative title and plot, this is actually a sweet story about two people finally realizing they're right for each other. Rogen and Banks work up some charming chemistry.
Why would the rom-com averse still like it?: Writer/director Kevin Smith's film may have a gooey center, but it's surrounded by some hysterically funny spoofing of the adult entertainment business. And Star Wars.Is this pretty good?
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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.Is this pretty good?
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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.Is this pretty good?