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The top five romcoms to watch on Valentine's Day

Love is in the air ahead of Valentine's Day, but thanks to the weather and the pandemic, options ...
Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

15.18 13 Feb 2021


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The top five romcoms to watch...

The top five romcoms to watch on Valentine's Day

Marita Moloney
Marita Moloney

15.18 13 Feb 2021


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Love is in the air ahead of Valentine's Day, but thanks to the weather and the pandemic, options for adding some romance to our lives are pretty limited.

While elaborate meals and gifts may be on the cards for some, watching a series or film will probably be the reality for many over the weekend.

There's no better time to watch a romantic comedy, but with so many films to choose from, it's hard to pick one worth seeing.

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Screentime's John Fardy joined Newstalk Breakfast with Susan Keogh to talk through his top five romcoms of all time to help us along our way.

Number 5: Always Be My Maybe

This American romcom from 2019 is about two teenage sweethearts who almost get together but don't, and then meet up later in life.

"It's really funny and this one has kind of stuck in my head," John said.

Starring Ali Wong and Randall Park, it has a cameo appearance from Keanu Reeves "who's probably in it for six minutes of screentime and it's worth the price of admission or stream alone just for that", he added.

"[Reeves] sends himself up so widely funny, this film made me smile, it made me feel warm and it's a delight."

The movie can be viewed on Netflix.

Number 4: The Apartment

This 1960 classic is directed by "one of the greatest directors of all time" Billy Wilder and "one of the greatest actors of all time" Jack Lemmon.

Lemmon's character works in an office block in New York City and helps his bosses and colleagues cheat on their wives.

"Really romantic stuff, but it does dovetail into this romcom at the end with him and Shirley MacLaine," John said.

"It's a delightful movie that's probably more than a romcom in that it's a thing about corporate America.

"If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favour and watch it, it's one of the greatest films ever made."

Number 3: Roman Holiday 

"It's kind of like the Cinderella story in reverse," John says of the 1953 movie starring Audrey Hepburn in her breakout role.

Hepburn, who won an Oscar for her performance, plays a princess in Rome tired of her royal duties.

Gregory Peck plays a "seemingly opportunistic" journalist who shows her the sites of the city.

"Rome is one of the stars of this movie," John added.

"It's a delight from start to finish."

Number 2: Four Weddings and a Funeral

"Weddings are just wonderful events, obviously for the people involved, but also for writers because they're so dramatic," John said.

"People go to weddings and they're either really happy and full of amorous affection or they're really bitter or twisted or at the wrong table, so it makes for great dramatics."

Hugh Grant, who appears in the film, "doesn't get the kudos he deserves" as an actor, John believes, as "he is one of the greatest comedic/romcom actors there ever was".

"He is brilliant in this, and this is such a comfort movie," he added.

He described the 1994 film, in which a committed bachelor keeps running into the same woman at various events, as "a warm hug".

Number 1: When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally "is probably the best romcom ever", according to John.

Released in 1989, it follows Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally in New York.

"It leads to them eventually getting together, but the way it happens, the dialogue, is just delightful," John said.

"It's one line after another, it's a delight from start to finish."

The movie is available to watch on all digital platforms.

Main image: Hugh Grant pictured in 2004. Credit: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

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