Tag Archives: Romantic Comedy

Keeping the Faith - * * *

Edward Norton directs this romantic comedy in which a Catholic priest (Norton) and a rabbi (Ben Stiller), best friends, fall for the same woman (Jenna Elfman) (whom they’ve known since childhood), but neither can marry her. Anne Bancroft, Eli Wallach, … Continue reading

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High Fidelity - * * *

Stephen Frears directs this romantic comedy about a slacker (John Cusack) who owns a record store who sets his sights on winning back his ex-girlfriend (Iben Hjejle). Joan Cusack, Sara Gilbert, Lili Taylor, Tim Robbins, Lisa Bonet, Jack Black, Natasha … Continue reading

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The Bachelor - *

Updated version of Buster Keaton’s movie Seven Chances. A proud-to-be-a bachelor (Chris O’Donnell) will inherit $120 million from his grandfather if he is married by his 33rd birthday (which happens to be tomorrow). Renee Zellweger also stars as his long-time … Continue reading

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Runaway Bride - * * 1/2*

Although nearly ten years have passed, Runaway Bride tries to recreate the magic of Pretty Woman. Richard Gere and Julia Roberts return, along with a sizable portion of the earlier film’s cast. The director, Garry Marshall, is back as well. … Continue reading

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Notting Hill - * * *

The idea behind Notting Hill is simple enough: Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant together in a romantic comedy. And even though the screenplay never gets much further than that concept, it carries it off surprisingly well. Julia Roberts plays a … Continue reading

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10 Things I Hate About You - * 1/2*

Ten Things I Hate About 10 Things I Hate About You: 10. The Downsizing of Shakespeare. Poor William Shakespeare. Who’d have thought his plays could sink so low. 10 Things I Hate About You is loosely (very loosely) based upon … Continue reading

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Never Been Kissed - * * 1/2*

Never Been Kissed is a film about second chances. Similar in ways to Peggy Sue Got Married, the film gives its lead character a chance to relive her not-so-glorious days of high school (albeit without the time travel twist). Never … Continue reading

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Forces of Nature - * * 1/2*

Part road movie, part romantic comedy, Forces of Nature takes several overfamiliar plots and, well, repeats them. It’s certainly not innovative, but it does have its moments. Ben (Ben Affleck) is about to be married. His fiancee, Bridget (Maura Tierney) … Continue reading

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Blast From the Past - *

Blast From the Past is a cute one-joke comedy, without the cuteness. Its elaborate premise quickly gets wearisome, and the few amusing moments sprinkled here and there are well short of the amount needed to carry this lump of a … Continue reading

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Message in a Bottle - * * 1/2*

Is it possible for someone to love too much? Is being overly romantic a severe character flaw? Those are a few questions posed by Message in a Bottle, an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic novel. It is schlocky and disposable … Continue reading

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