Catherine Kirby | February 2017
Photo: Maya Robinson
Now it wouldn’t be right to get through this month of love without watching a romantic comedy or two, or three or eight! Here are just five of my favourites.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Aaah, that’s the old redhead. No bitterness, no recrimination, just a good swift left to the jaw.
Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart… Do I need to say anymore? She’s about to get married, but with two more love interest making an appearance, who knows who will walk her down the aisle. Hepburn is brilliant! She pushy and sharp and glamorous, of course she’s got to choose between three men! Get a glass of champagne, practice your “darlings” and enjoy this classic
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
What’s normal? Those damn… Dawson’s river kids sleeping in each other’s beds and what not?
The Taming of the Shrew as a teen movie. How good! Julia Styles is the angsty teenager I wish I was. Baby faced Joseph Gordon-Levitt! And Heath Ledger has a dance number! Sure the ending looses a bit of its punch but it still stands as a great 90s rom com.
Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
A movie! That’s your problem! You don’t want to be in love! You want to be in love in a movie!
Tom Hank’s son calls into a radio show to help get his dad (a widower) get back out there! Please tell me we’ve all seen it? Meg Ryan so young and endearing, she believes in destiny and love and romance. Tom Hanks is a dad doing the best for his son, so practical and nervous. The Empire State Building……. I mean, come on!
Sixteen Candles (1984)
I can’t believe this. They f*cking forgot my birthday.
John Hughes, thank you. Thank you for everything. Thank you for giving us Samantha, whose birthday sucked way more than any birthday I’ve ever had. It’s awkward. It’s embarrassing. It’s everything. Who knew sitting on a table, with cake and candles could be so romantic, John Hughes knew, John Hughes knew!
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Our love fern! You let it die!
She has to lose a guy in 10 days for her magazine column. He has to get a girl to fall in love with him in 10 days or he won’t get the big account at his advertising firm. Hilarity ensues! This is my favourite thing about rom coms, the un-believability of it all. I mean of course they date each other! Of course she looks great in a motorcycle helmet! Of course there’s a charming family scene, a singing number and a chase scene! And of course I eat it up like the sap I am!