The Also-Ran Movies of the Aughts – Romances

Many bloggers and critics (my husband included) have been posting their lists of the best films of the 00s.  This is not one of those lists.  The following is one in a series of posts dedicated to the overlooked/underrated/hidden gem films of the Aughts.  I have handily included Netflix links with each film in case you want to add it to your queue.  And you should.  All of them.

The first list in this series is near and dear to my heart.  I love a good action movie or horror flick, but I’m a romance gal.  These are the rom coms and rom drams that made me smile/laugh/cry over the past ten years.  Some of them are legitimately brilliant films.  Some of them are a tad bit embarrassing.  All of them are worthy of a look-see.

In no particular order:

Moulin Rouge! – Baz Luhrmann’s magnum opus has been featured on many a Top 10 list (including my husband’s), but the fact that it’s a musical and the fact that the first twenty minutes are a little frenetic tend to turn people off.  Don’t let them.  If you make it past the first half hour, I guarantee you will be spellbound.

Love Actually – This has slowly turned into both my favorite rom com and my favorite Christmas movie.  It has something for everyone, regardless of where you are in your life and love.

Once – Simply, perfectly the most beautiful story of unrequited love ever told.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – This one has also made a bunch of Top 10 lists, deservedly; but, much like Moulin Rouge!, the strangeness of the storytelling/Kate Winslet’s hair may have kept some people from seeing this brilliant and heartbreaking film.

Bend It Like Beckham – This film is an absolute delight, and Keira Knightly has never been more enjoyable on screen.

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist – A lot of movies take place over the course of one night, but this one is whimsical and lovely.  Michael Cera is at his George Michael best and Kat Dennings is infinitely likeable.

Music & Lyrics – I went into seeing this film with few expectations, but I changed my tune the minute the “Pop! Goes My Heart” music video started at the very beginning of the movie.  Hugh Grant is a delight, and Drew Barrymore is not annoying (glowing praise indeed).  Sure, the story is predictable and ridiculous, but Hugh Grant makes it more than palatable.

He’s Just Not That Into You – Critics were not kind to this film.  It only received a 44% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  While it’s not the caliber of Love Actually, the actors are entertaining (particularly Ginnifer Goodwin and Justin Long) and the stories are relatable.

Enchanted – While compiling my list of also-ran movies, I could’ve made a list of just James Marsden movies.  He steals the show in this frothy musical.

Before Sunset – Here’s what happens when one-night-stands reconnect after a decade has passed.  Before Sunset is a near-perfect example of a sequel that deepens and enriches the ideas of the first film, with an ambiguous ending that will leave you begging for more.

Honorable Pathetic (Wardrobe-Related) Mention:

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days – I know.  This movie is not good.  But Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are at their personal best (plus the yellow dress at the end of the movie is to die for).

Dr. T and the Women – I actually don’t think this movie is that bad (as long as you press “stop” on the DVD player once the tornado starts up (seriously)).  But most importantly, this movie features the absolute most covet-worthy wedding dress of all time.

27 Dresses – It’s right there in the title.  There are dresses and there are 27 of them.  And there is James Marsden.  Enough said.

Which romantic movies did I miss?



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