Romantic comedies that are actually funny

I just wrote a piece for the Reno Gazette-Journal that focuses on romantic comedies that are actually funny. Yes, it’s out just in time for Valentine’s Day. Check it out here:


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4 responses to “Romantic comedies that are actually funny

  1. smilingldsgirl

    I must say I disagree with most of your picks. I don’t like the way romantic comedies have become vulgar and crass. The hard R rom com I think is a shame. I miss the day when there was a bit of innocence to romance. I do like When Harry Met Sally and Princess Bride. My list would be:
    1. His Girl Friday
    2. Shop Around the Corner/ You’ve Got Mail
    3. When Harry Met Sally
    4. Talk of the Town
    5. Bringing up Baby
    6. Roman Holiday
    7. Return to Me
    8. Clueless
    9. 500 Days of Summer
    10. Moonstruck


  2. That’s certainly a solid list as well. No way I could nab everything.

    I would say, however, that I didn’t find “Shop Around the Corner”/”You’ve Got Mail” all that funny. And I might say the same for “Roman Holiday.” Good films, but I think would rate them more as straight romances than romantic comedies.

    That was part of the reason I wrote that column. These days, I think most things that aren’t tragedies get labeled as romantic comedies, whether or not they’re funny.

    For instance, I like “Sleepless In Seattle” and “An Affair to Remember” a lot, but I’ve never seen them as romantic comedies … even if they’re sometimes labeled that way.

    As always, thanks for dropping by.


  3. smilingldsgirl

    That’s a good point. Anything romantic seems to get categorized in the romantic comedy category. I guess I’m a little old fashioned in my rom com taste.


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