The 2011 summer movie season is here, and for those who love romantic comedies you are in luck! Here are my top 10 romantic comedy movies (in no particular order) that you won’t want to miss this summer! Plan a “girl’s night out” and have some fun, fellowship and enjoy one of these great movies together. Romantic comedies also make great “date” movies!
#1- Water for Elephants: Genre: Romantic Drama: Rated PG-13: Opened April 22: Runtime: 2 hrs
Since Water for Elephants has been showing for a month, try to catch it before it leaves the theatres, or watch it when it comes out on DVD. This is a great movie though there are some scenes of animal cruelty in it, so beware. The plot revolves around the Benzini Bros. traveling circus in the 1930’s and explores the experiences that take place under the “big top.” Reese Witherspoon’s role as Marlena is the main attraction in the circus with Rosie, the elephant. Robert Pattinson from the “Twilight” movies plays Jacob, the circus vet. Marlena and Jacob fall in love and the rest will be for you to discover at the movie!
#2-Bridesmaids: Genre: Romantic Comedy: Rated R: Opened May 13: Runtime: 2 hrs 5 min.
This movie is very funny and would be a great “girls night out” movie to see! The plot revolves around Annie, an unattached failed business owner who racks up a lot of anxiety over the fact her best friend Lillian is engaged and Lillian’s new best friend Helen is taking control of the wedding plans. There is a little romantic part in store for Annie in the movie, so be aware. This movie will have you in stitches as 6 women come together to organize an extravagant wedding with money they don’t have.
The cast includes: Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi-McLendon-Covey, and Ellie Kemper.
To view the Bridesmaids trailer click Bridesmaids – Movie Trailers – Fandango.com.
#3-Jumping the Broom: Genre Romantic Comedy: Rated PG-13: Opened May 6: Runtime 1 hr 48 min.
In Jumping the Broom, African-American uptown folk clash with downtown African-American folk when they come together for a swanky wedding at Martha’s Vineyard. Angela Bassett and Paula Patton star in this funny date or chick-flick movie. T.D. Jakes plays Rev. James in this movie.
#4- 35 & Ticking: Genre: Romantic Comedy: Rated R: Opening May 20 (in limited theatres) Run time: 1 hr 44 min.
Four lifelong friends find companionship while racing to beat their biological clocks to find perfect mates and start their families. Feeling they are on the cusp of middle age, the race is on to get settled in a more stable adult life.
The cast includes: Meagan Good, Kevin Hart, Tamala Jones, Nicolette Nightingale and many others.
#5- Midnight in Paris: Genre: Romantic Comedy: Rated PG-13: Opens May 20: Runtime 1 hr 34 min
I’m eagerly anticipating this new Woody Allen film with a wonderful cast. Midnight in Paris stars Owen Wilson, Marion Cottilard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni, and Adrien Brody.
On a trip to Paris the “city of light”, a young couple engaged to be married experience a transformation and an idealistic man finds truth in the adage the grass is sometimes greener on the other side. I’m expecting this Woody Allen film to be his typical insightful, philosophical, and delightful film! To view the trailer for Midnight in Paris click Midnight in Paris – Movie Trailers – Fandango.com.
#6 ‘” Larry Crowne: Genre: Comedy/Romance: Rated Pg-13: Opens July 1: Runtime: unknown at present
Directed by Tom Hanks and starring he and Julia Roberts this flick will be a sweet summer fun movie. Hanks, unemployed and middle aged, enrolls in community college in an effort to “reinvent” himself. He then (falls in love with his public speaking teacher Mercedes (Julia Roberts). Mercedes is apathetic at best about her teaching job, and is bored by her marriage. As Larry Crowne, (Hanks) as he begins to spend time with Mercedes honing his speaking skills, Mercedes finds that her problems dissipate and she begins to enjoy a whirlwind flirty romance with her new middle aged student.
#7-Love, Wedding, and Marriage: Genre: Romantic Comedy: Rated PG-13: Opens June 3 (in limited theatres) Runtime 1 hr 30 min.
I’m looking forward to this chick-flick because I love the actors, Mandy Moore and the handsome Kellan Lutz. Mandy plays a marriage counselor and a newlywed, and while trying to keep her parent’s crumbling marriage intact, her own new marriage begins to suffer as a result. James Brolin and Jane Seymour are co-stars in the film, which will make it even more entertaining!
#8-Bad Teacher: Genre: Farce Sex Comedy: Rated R: Opens June 24: Runtime unavailable
Not every female will like this movie, but I definitely will! It stars Cameron Diaz (my favorite actor) and JustinTimberlake! What couldn’t be good about this duo? Well some may find the plot offensive since Diaz plays a foul mouthed, boozing, pot-smoking seventh grade teacher trying to find a “sugar daddy” to rescue her from this job she hates. Justin Timberlake, a handsome and seemingly wealthy substitute enters the scene but is wooing a well respected teacher (played by Lucy Punch). Diaz sets her sight set on getting Timberlake to like her and being her meal ticket out of teaching. Diaz’s antics in trying to accomplish this should provide good comic relief in this film. To see the Bad Teacher movie trailer click Bad Teacher – Movie Trailers – Fandango.com.
#9-Monte Carlo: Genre: Adventure, Romantic Comedy: Rated PG-13: Opens July 1: Runtime unavailable
While on a dream vacation in Paris, three girls find it’s not exactly what they expect it to be, ditch their tour guide and find themselves in the lobby of a posh hotel. While there one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress and they are pampered and treated as royalty. Before they know what happened the girls are jetted to Monte Carlo where excitement and romance awaits them. This will be a fun movie for “girl’s night out!”
The cast includes Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy, Corey Monteith, and Andie McDowell.
#10- One Day: Genre: Romantic/Comedy Drama: Rated: PG-13: Opens Aug. 19: Runtime unavailable
In this film Ann Hathaway plays Emma, a working-class girl who is graduating and meets and forms a bond with Dexter, played by Jim Sturgess, a wealth care-free graduate who just wants a life of leisure. Throughout the movie the audience revisits Emma and Dexter over a span of 20 years every July 15th as they meet to share their heartaches, triumphs, and try to make sense out of their lives in a world that is topsy-turvy at best.
To view the trailer for the movie One Day click One Day – Movie Trailers – Fandango.com.