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Rachel McAdams deliberately took a step back after her insanely good 2004 and 2005.  I think she doesn't want a Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock style career. It's kind of disappointing, though I get it.

Speaking of, I re-watched Notting Hill and the movie really does hold up. I like that she doesn't totally squash her career for him, and that he's willing to live in her world for a bit as well.

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On 6/10/2019 at 10:03 AM, Ms Blue Jay said:

Truth about Cats and Dogs

Yay! You very rarely hear people mention this movie.

I'm not a fan of RomComs, I generally avoid them but there are a few I really enjoy.

The Match Maker (another Garofalo movie)

Love Actually

The Truth About Cats and Dogs

While You Were Sleeping

Mrs Winterbourne 

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9 hours ago, Morrigan2575 said:

Yay! You very rarely hear people mention this movie.

I'm not a fan of RomComs, I generally avoid them but there are a few I really enjoy.

The Match Maker (another Garofalo movie)

Love Actually

The Truth About Cats and Dogs

While You Were Sleeping

Mrs Winterbourne 

I love the Truth About Cats and Dogs, While You Were Sleeping and Mrs. Winterbourne. All really great movies. 

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12 hours ago, Morrigan2575 said:

I'm not a fan of RomComs, I generally avoid them but there are a few I really enjoy.

Same here.  And none of the others on your short list make mine, but I share in the love for The Truth About Cats and Dogs.  I almost never come across it on TV, so I don't think I've seen it again since it first came out; I'll have to rent it, because this reminds me how much I enjoyed it.

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21 hours ago, Bastet said:

Same here.  And none of the others on your short list make mine, but I share in the love for The Truth About Cats and Dogs.  I almost never come across it on TV, so I don't think I've seen it again since it first came out; I'll have to rent it, because this reminds me how much I enjoyed it.

And I can’t remember if I’ve seen it or not, so I’ll be renting it as well. 

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The Truth About Cats and Dogs is on Starz for those who get that channel.

On 7/28/2019 at 1:20 AM, Morrigan2575 said:

The Match Maker (another Garofalo movie)

Oh I so loved the Irish scenery. 

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I know I'm late but I wanted to wait until I was in the right mood (and had the time) to watch Always Be My Maybe.

I think the intro was a little long but the younger versions of them were really cute and wholesome. I feel like 

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killing Marcus' mom was unnecessary. It was a big tonal shift and I don't know that it added much. If they wanted to make it a part of the story, it should have been better integrated into the story. There could have been any number of better reasons for them to hook up for the first time. I think that whole sex scene was supposed to be funny but I was still reeling from his mom's death and it was also badly paced. Like, this movie definitely doesn't need to be as long as it is. It's really slow, like the director and editor wanted everything to breathe... but it's just a rom-com. It should be quick and snappy. Not paced like a cringy comedy or a serious drama. 

My first real laugh was when Marcus just suddenly revealed he had a bunch of parmesan in the glove compartment. I feel like they should have hired teenage actors for that sequence. It was lacking because Randall and Ali can't pass as believable teenagers. 

God, Daniel Dae Kim is GORGEOUS.

Marcus' dad was wonderful. Why have I never seen that actor in anything?

Michele Buteau is great. Solid Judy Greer (i.e. good best friend energy). Look, I love Casey Wilson, too but her character was completely unnecessary.

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It was weird for her to be okay with everything and then all of a sudden start rant-yelling at Brandon. I did laugh at the scaring the goats thing.

I feel like the jokes mostly worked but the overall structure of the movie was kind of sloppy. They didn't have great reasons to keep the characters apart, etc. All the stuff that you normally invest in with a rom-com wasn't really there.

I thought Keanu might be an underwhelming cameo but he was perfect from the moment we heard his voice. I know he was playing a character but he's also got his own weird energy. Like, this would not have worked with Brad Pitt or just any random handsome actor.

Does Randall have a believable body for a stoner who doesn't seem to go to the gym? No. But I'm not complaining. I have no idea why those scenes were filmed from so far away. Lot of weird directorial choices in this movie.

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I feel like the conflict with her needing to go to NY and him feeling insecure and argumentative but also like she legitimately wasn't appreciating the value of his "regular" life could have been expanded over more of the movie rather than coming right at the end. I feel the script meandered its way there and they could have gotten together a lot sooner. If they wanted to be a real adult movie with this super slow pacing, they could have really delved into these issues instead of bouncing between little fights. 

Saintly Fare is a terrible name for a restaurant.

Ali wasn't as natural as the other actors but I think she held her own okay. 

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Marcus ruining the audition was another scene that felt unnecessary. Not funny. Tonally off for a rom-com. 

Marcus in the Tom Ford store was a weird waste of time but very funny.

Marcus' big speech to win her back was the rom-com trope they got right.

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The ending was sweet with Sasha's NY restaurant dedicated to Marcus' mom but it didn't really make sense narratively. Again, I feel like this movie had issues making things follow logically. Instead of just sending Brandon to India, they should have made it more clear that he had been distancing her from a traditional style of cooking. And instead of all those random scenes after Marcus and Sasha broke up, they could have showed us Sasha taking Marcus' criticism to heart and changing the concept of the restaurant to Judy's Way. 

Overall, it was too long and the script had overall structure issues but I liked a lot of moments in it and I hope to see the actors in other things. 

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On 7/1/2019 at 3:30 PM, Ms Blue Jay said:

I see what you mean.  Movies where 1 woman around that age leading a movie is probably rarer these days.  Rebel Wilson got to do it with "Isn't it Romantic".  Taraji P. Henson has a couple of them.  Maybe Rachel feels like romcoms don't stretch her acting muscles enough.  She was in some of the biggest movies of the 2000s but maybe it's not so interesting anymore.  In the 2000s there were huge romcoms starring Sandra Bullock, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Lopez, etc. but it's not something that happens so frequently anymore.  

Morning Glory only made a profit of $20 million.  With Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford as co-stars it probably underperformed.  

There's a lot of information here about it being a box office disappointment:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_Glory_(2010_film)#Box_office

I just saw Morning Glory with a friend and we both really liked it. Then, I decided to see if there were any interesting movies on Netflix before I cancel again. I found another movie with Rachel McAdams, coincidentally. She isn't the lead, she's the love interest, so it fits with what you said. It's called About Time. I think it's the same director as Love Actually. I really enjoyed this movie as well.

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"About Time" is really good, I agree!  Not exactly a comedy, more like a romantic drama?  But yeah, I was impressed.  She's cornered the market on these time travelling romances.

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Netflix dropped its latest romcom, Falling Inn Love today.  I hadn't paid attention to its release because there was something about it that made me think it was going to be more Hallmark and less Set It Up.  So the suggestion to watch was a surprise to me. 

I'm glad my expectations were low because I enjoyed it a lot more than I was anticipating.   The premise sounded pure Hallmark but the execution was a strike above. Small town love is 1000 better when the small town comes with accents.  I'd say it's sort of like Leap Year in that it wasn't the best but there was something so charming about it. 

In fact,  I was smiling throughout the first half of the movie. I liked the townsfolk. The lead love interest was hot.  My only complaint is that I wish the leads had a bit more chem.   Oh,  and that the obstacles weren't executed as poorly as Hallmark's.  That's what made the second half not as fun.  

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I also enjoyed it. I was going to stay away because there were so many bad ratings on IMDB but after low expectations from Hallmark movies this was much better. I don’t know if it was because of the accents, or the charming townspeople, or Christina Milian who I always like in these movies (love Snowglobe and Christmas Cupid), but it kept my interest. 

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I just saw Long Shot and found it pretty delightful. It's too bad it didn't do better at the box office. Charlize Theron was especially great. I generally don't enjoy scenes with actors pretending to be drunk or high, but Theron nailed it. She and Seth Rogen had nice chemistry together and I bought them as a couple.

I also thought it was eerily prescient that the movie's ex-actor president is shown watching a scene from his old tv show where he played the president and is talking about using nuclear weapons against tsunamis. He was against the idea, though.

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On 8/31/2019 at 1:23 AM, twoods said:

I was going to stay away because there were so many bad ratings on IMDB but after low expectations from Hallmark movies this was much better.

Oh the (anti-)romcom bias on IMDb.  Even the most celebrated romcoms rarely get into the 7s on IMDB. 

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Falling Inn Love:

What I thought was, Christina Milian is a very, very, very natural, cute actor.  I really liked her.  I liked her more than the guy.  I know the guy from "Unreal" and he just hasn't knocked me out in either piece.  But, Christina was cute and carried the movie.

Long Shot:

I was really disappointed with that one.  There were so many things I'd like to pick apart, but suffice it to say, bleh.  The major criticism of the movie that I have is:  they used so many memorable songs from OTHER romantic comedies and just did a way worse version of it instead.  For example:

- Por Una Cabeza by The Tango Project from "Scent of a Woman" (one of my favourite movie scenes of all time)
- It Must Have Been Love by Roxette is "Pretty Woman"  (maybe the best romcom of all time?)
- Moon River is "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
- Then He Kissed Me is "Adventures in Babysitting"

It was hyped way too much for what it was worth.

I actually rated both movies the same - 3 out of 5 - but I had no expectations with the first and was pleasantly surprised and I had high expectations of the second and was disappointed.

On 8/31/2019 at 2:23 AM, twoods said:

 or Christina Milian who I always like in these movies (love Snowglobe and Christmas Cupid), but it kept my interest. 

Thanks.  Adding those to my list.

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We watched train wreck the other night.  This could have been a better movie.  

I don’t think I have ever really seen the two leads in anything.  Only know bill Hader from norm Macdonald pod cost and Amy Schumer from seeing clips of her stand up.  

Amys never seemed to change how she acted.  It did not seem like she was sorry for missing a big event for her boyfriend.  She would not apologize and just seemed selfish.  Bills doctor was kind of a geek but a decent guy.  It never made senses to me that he would want a relationship with Amy.   

A lot of the comedy seemed forced and not funny 

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I forgot about this topic for a while - one of my favourites.

I recently saw "Can You Keep a Secret?" a film adaptation of a Sophie Kinsella novel.

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Can You Keep a Secret? was released in theaters and video on demand on September 13, 2019.[3]

I liked it!  It's not the greatest movie ever, trust me, but it was exactly the type of movie I like to watch and am always in the mood for.

I rewatched "Fools Rush In" - I liked it better than I remembered, or maybe I am just older now.  Chandler (cough Matthew Perry's) character is kind of a dick, but I still think it works.

I also rewatched "The Whole Nine Yards" - quite funny!  Liked it!  The sequel was atrocious though - Don't bother!  I also like "Three to Tango" to complete a trifecta of Matthew Perry comedies.

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When we first met.  Netflix 

staring Adam  DeVine

I am a sucker for time travel and romantic comedy so thought this movie was a good choice.  

Although I am not a big fan of DeVine. JMHO he is better supporting character then lead. 

He meets a girl at party.  The spend the night connecting. They mostly talk through the night. Take pictures in a photo booth.  Then he is friend zoned.  He loves her. The photo booth takes him back to the night they meet.  He tries to get it right 

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14 hours ago, Ms Blue Jay said:

I forgot about this topic for a while - one of my favourites.

I recently saw "Can You Keep a Secret?" a film adaptation of a Sophie Kinsella novel.

I liked it!  It's not the greatest movie ever, trust me, but it was exactly the type of movie I like to watch and am always in the mood for.

I rewatched "Fools Rush In" - I liked it better than I remembered, or maybe I am just older now.  Chandler (cough Matthew Perry's) character is kind of a dick, but I still think it works.

I also rewatched "The Whole Nine Yards" - quite funny!  Liked it!  The sequel was atrocious though - Don't bother!  I also like "Three to Tango" to complete a trifecta of Matthew Perry comedies.

I saw the movie too. As someone who has read the (great) book, so much of the humor was lost in the film adaptation. The cast was changed up in considerable way too. If you liked the movie I highly recommend reading the book it's an easy read and a lot of fun.

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38 minutes ago, Harvey said:

I saw the movie too. As someone who has read the (great) book, so much of the humor was lost in the film adaptation. The cast was changed up in considerable way too. If you liked the movie I highly recommend reading the book it's an easy read and a lot of fun.

I read similar reviews on Letterboxd, that the movie was way worse than the book.  That's too bad.

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This is pretty good Buzzfeed list - 17 Innocent Rom-Com Moments That Are Actually Way Steamier Than Any Sex Scene

https://www.buzzfeed.com/ehisosifo1/innocent-sexy-moments-romantic-comedies

And I'm conflicted.  I don't know whether I feel badly about myself regarding the fact there's only two movies here that I haven't seen, or absurdly proud.

I do think it's perhaps pathetic that my mind immediately flashed on at least two or three scenes to add to the list.  Not in order, but the fence climbing scene in Runaway Bride, numerous moments from Hugh Jackman in Kate and Leopold, also multiples from Notting Hill (still of the opinion Roberts and Grant had insane chemistry) and the Dirty Dancing scene in Crazy, Stupid Love.) 

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Also some scenes that people mentioned in the comments when Dermot Mulroney’s character took the wedding ring off Julia Robert’s hand with his mouth- that was so hot, Brendan Frasier  blowing on Alicia Silverstone’s knee in Blast From The Past, and the rain scene in Pride and Prejudice. 

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(Blushes with head down).....I've never seen Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand!

Now, Ma always played the soundtrack when I was younger but it never crossed my mind to watch the actual movie; this past Friday however my neighbor was watching it and I wound up sitting with her and enjoying what I saw.  It was on a channel with commercials so I'm going to have to rent it.  La Streisand was lovely in it, from her clothes to her impeccable nails to of course her beautiful voice.

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I miss you guys!

I just watched "Because I Said So" (2007) for the first time.  I loved it!

It has a 4 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  But, the audience gave it 65%!

It was great for me because 

1)  I have an overbearing mother also
2)  I thought that Mandy Moore was surprisingly really good as the romcom protagonist (I don't love her on "This is Us")
3)  And I love love love love love love Lauren Graham.

If I had known that Lauren Graham was in it, I would have watched it ages ago!  She is adorable.

I also revisited Rumor Has It (2005?) and liked it just as much as I did the first time.  The premise is so stupid and insane, but I'm just such a big Faniston I enjoyed it anyway.

I also tried Serendipity again (2001).  It's Christmassy.  But man, that movie just isn't for me.  The leads drive me nuts and I think they are bad/stupid people.

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59 minutes ago, Ms Blue Jay said:

I miss you guys!

I just watched "Because I Said So" (2007) for the first time.  I loved it!

It has a 4 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  But, the audience gave it 65%!

It was great for me because 

1)  I have an overbearing mother also
2)  I thought that Mandy Moore was surprisingly really good as the romcom protagonist (I don't love her on "This is Us")
3)  And I love love love love love love Lauren Graham.
 

I love that one, the moment when the daughter makes a scene in front of her new  boy toy while they are trying to have a casual singalong....gold.

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I watched two romantic comedies as a way to break from all the Christmas movies.

My favorite was probably a movie called Plus One in which Meg Ryan's son, Jack Quaid, follows in his mother's romcom footsteps.  It's free on Hulu and available to rent on other streaming sites. Two friends Quaid and Maya Erskin, decide to be each other's plus one to various weddings they have to attend over wedding season.  It roms (good chem between the leads) and it coms (I genuinely laughed out loud quite a bit).

Another one I saw that it's a little more risque/raunchy but I dug it anyway is one that is streaming for free on Tubi called An Awkward Sexual Adventure (also known as My Awkward Sexual Adventure). It's about a boring guy who is dumped by his girlfriend because she says he bores her sexually.  He goes to visit a friend and ends up getting sex tips from a stripper. I know that sounds wacky but it works better than it sounds.

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Thank you for the recommendation for Plus One on Hulu. It was really good! It had great chemistry with the leads and was hilarious.

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I rewatched "This is 40" and I enjoyed it yet again.  I hate the crude toilet humour but other than that I liked it and the soundtrack is great.

I also saw Woody Allen's "A Rainy Day In New York".  It stars Timothee Chalamet whom I love, but the movie is not great.

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"To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You"

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The film is scheduled to be released on February 12, 2020 exclusively on Netflix

 

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Netflix keeps recommending The Ugly Truth to me. Is there anything redeeming about it? I just find it shocking that the writers of 10 Things I Hate About You and Legally Blonde and the director of Legally Blonde could have made a movie that's as bad as everyone says The Ugly Truth is. 

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On 1/25/2020 at 11:00 PM, Ms Blue Jay said:

"To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You"

Well, this ended up being a disappointment.

It's cute and all, but a huge letdown from the first movie.

I think you guys will like John Ambrose.

On a more positive note, Hulu just released a 10 episode series called "High Fidelity" based off the great movie.  It stars Zoe Kravitz in the John Cusack role.  I inhaled the whole thing already.  I'd recommend it.  (The "Four Weddings and a Funeral" series from last year was also fantastic, for those who never tried it.)

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