The best part about going to the movies is the love and the laughs. Nothing can put a gal or guy into a great mood like a funny, sexy romantic comedy. Some women believe a romantic comedy and a box of chocolates is the cure for PMS. I would have to agree since I have been there myself. Even men like romantic comedies; they are the best “icebreakers’ for a first date.
We may be over our first decade of a new millennium, but one thing is certain, romance has not gone out of style. Movies of the decade were just as memorable this time around, as they were when first invented at the turn of the last century. Those old “black and whites” like “It Happened One Night, Some like It Hot, Charlie Chaplin’s “City lights” , “His Girl Friday”, and many others have been the bread and butter of Hollywood since way before “Star Wars” and all those other films where computerized special effects are the entertainment instead of good old fashioned dialog and slap stick.
This decade’s Romantic films are no slouch when it comes to carrying on the long and true tradition of sexy fun of past decades. Actors these days may not be Gable or Lombard, they may not have the same sex appeal of Monroe or Gary Cooper, but they have the talent to make a person roar with laughter and that’s what counts.
Here are my personal picks for the “best of the best” funny movies of the decade.
2000 ‘” What Women Want, with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. This is about a guy, who can hear what women are thinking and realizes he’s been a jerk with women all his life. Women like to see guys become sensitive and realize they can be jerks. We love that sort of awakening in our mate. When I first saw this movie I thought it was a LEMON. A couple years later, I’m waiting for my sister and end up watching it one afternoon with my brother in law who howled with laughter. Put Mel Gibson in these romantic comedies and you are BOUND to get a guy to watch it with you. I liked it the second time around.
2001′”Bridget Jones Diary, with Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth. This film was a clever look into the female mind. Texas born Zellweger put out one of the best British accents out there, heck even the British liked her accent. The best thing about this film is that my husband thought it was going to be a FREAKY, chick flick, snoozer and he was laughing out of his chair. If a guy enjoys a chick flick like this one, you KNOW that movie is good!
2002 ‘” My Big Fat Greek Wedding ‘”with Screenwriter Nia Vardalos and John Corbett. If you are from any kind of ethnic background this movie is for YOU. I couldn’t get any guy to watch it with me, somehow the word “wedding” in the title of a movie is enough to make all the guys I know run and hide. But the film is great when it comes to the family and Vardalos character marrying a non-Greek. I really love one line in this movie. “The man he is the head, but the woman is the neck and she can move the head any way she wants.”
2003′”How to lose a Guy in 10 days with Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughy. She’s cute, he’s handsome so it works. This is a story about a man and a woman who are both ambitious (he’s an ad executive, she’s a magazine writer) who try to outwit each other. I actually got a guy to watch this with me, mainly because McConaughy seems to appeal to men too. There was a lot of hilarity along with cruelty making it somewhat Shakespearean in a tragic sense, but it was fun, nevertheless.
2004 ‘” 13 going on 30′”with Jennifer Gardner and Mark Ruffalo ‘” It was kind of tough to pick out the best the year had to offer, I was torn between 50 First Dates (with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler) and this female remake of Big with Tom Hanks. I chose this one as the funniest because it took a person back to the 80s, to the music and back to the delightful age of 13. My favorite scene was when Gardner leads her co-workers in a dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
2005 — Hitch ‘” with Will Smith and Eva Mendes. I believe that anything Will Smith is good, or funny — well okay, maybe not all the work he does is good, but this one wasn’t bad. This movie has a nice little twist. Smith is the one who is supposed to help girls fall in love with his male clients. He ends up finding happiness and love in the end. Kevin James however steals the show with his dance moves and bittersweet attempts at love.
2006 ‘” The Holiday ‘” Get two gorgeous blonde-haired women together, like Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, mix in comedian Jack Black and heart throb Jude Law and you have a great romantic comedy mix. Two women from different countries (USA and England) decide to take a holiday in each other’s country and stay at each other’s homes. The gals get a real dose of what they been missing in their lives when they stay at each other’s “homes” for vacation. Great moments with Jack Black.
2007 ‘” Enchanted‘”Okay some would disagree that the delightful Amy Adams and the scrumptious Patrick Dempsey is a match made in — .well Disney. I thought this movie was a great spin on “fairytales” and romantic comedies, which are pretty “close” both are light vehicles of entertainment. Mixing fantasy and reality was a real HOOT. The best treat was the awesome Susan Sarandon who played the wicked witch. I thought the Disney score in this film was great along with some very funny special effects!
2008 ‘” Ghost Town ‘” Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen. That puts Pincus squarely in the middle of a triangle with spirited results. Great funny moments with Ricky Gervais, Tia Leoni and Greg Kinnear. In the end, the homely fat guy gets the lovely, smart blonde. The frog gets the princess. We all love the underdog!
2009 ‘” I was torn between The Proposal and The Ugly Truth, both of these were filled with “cream-puffed buffoonery” but I had to choose “The Proposal” Sandra Bullock is always a favorite among men and women and Ryan Reynolds is cute, but Betty White, really stole the show making the Proposal my top favorite. The Ugly Truth with Katherine Heigl and the “beefcakey” Gerald Butler was a bit raunchy and crude, but the cast was charming and Katherine Heigl has a way of making the nasty and naughty, sort of nice.
2010 ‘” I really liked When in Rome ‘” it had a bit of everything in it. Fantasy, insecurity, reality and a sort of knuckle-headed charm. Beth is a young, ambitious New Yorker who is completely unlucky in love. However, on a whirlwind trip to Rome, she impulsively steals some coins from a reputed fountain of love, and is then aggressively pursued by a band of suitors.
Kristen Bell is sweet in a sort of “hard as nails” sort of way. Cameos with Danny Devito and Anjelica Huston spice up the plot.
I’m not sure if this decade of films was the ‘”creme de la creme” of all movies throughout our history, but for lighthearted, escapist fare , a romantic comedy cannot be beat. I’m looking forward to another 10 years of great writing, witty dialog and charming actors. The formulas may all be the same, but we never get tired of them. I never get tired of them anyway.