The genre of the romantic comedy is going through a crisis: for quite some time, we haven’t seen a decent film we could laugh at and cry at the same time and would like to reassess after ten, twenty, or more years.
Netflix began saving the situation, releasing soundly and a bit dramatic films in this genre one after another. This summer, the company announced “the summer of love,” so we saw a lot of new romantic comedies of its production, but for now, we are talking about the best ones.
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#1 WHEN WE FIRST MET
We have seen this plot many times: a man has failed his chance to make a first impression on a woman and finds a magical way to change it. So Noah (charming Adam Devine, who is remembered by many from the series Workaholics and Modern family) meets Avery (Alexandra Daddario of Baywatch) on Halloween. The evening goes perfectly, and, according to all the rules of the classic romantic comedies, even too perfectly: the moment of the “spark” is missed, and Noah finds himself friend zoned.
The next day Avery meets Ethan, who falls in love with her instantly, and three years later, Noah is sad about the party dedicated to their engagement. Having gone with his best friend to the bar where he met Avery, Noah gets drunk and climbs into the photo booth, in which, together with the love of his life, they fooled around three years ago and took photos. Of course, it turns out to be magical, and Noah returns to the same day they met each other.
When We First Met is actually a very charming film with an excellent cast and a surprisingly pleasant ending and morality.
This is another female version of Hangover. When the boss sends Harper (Gillian Jacobs from Community and Love series) on a business trip to Barcelona, her neighbours and friends Nikki (the star of the current Saturday Night Live Vanessa Bayer) and Leah (Phoebe Robinson) followed her. The most unrealistic, but quite possible acquaintance scene happens in the club: Harper falls in love with a handsome DJ, whose role belongs to Richard Madden (Robb Stark from Game of Thrones). He invites her to the backstage, and it becomes clear immediately that it’s either love or at least a very strong attraction.
Ibiza stands out from a number of similar films as a minimum, sex-positive overtone for women: each of the three heroines is an independent person, who knows whom she wants and when she wants it and does what she wants.
# 3 SET IT UP
Harper and Charlie are two hard-working assistants, who come up with the idea to hack their way to freedom, forcing their bosses to fall in love with each other.
All the romantic gestures that they created for their superiors Kirsten (Lucy Liu) and Rick (Taye Diggs), smoothly grow into their own relationship. Having all the chances to become a classic of the genre, Set It Up owes a lot to this unexpected duet. It’s really impossible to break away from them.
#4 THE KISSING BOOTH
The story about teenage love came out not so long ago, and it has already become one of the most popular pictures in the history of Netflix. The Kissing Booth is based on the story of a 15-year-old young-adult author, Bet Rickles, who published the original story on the free Wattpad platform, where authors can download the chapters gradually, and readers follow the process of writing the piece in near real time and give feedback.
The plot is built around 17-year-old Elle (grown-up Joey King from the Fargo series), who falls in love with Noah (Jacob Elordi), the elder brother of his best friend Lee (Joel Courtney). Of course, Elle and Noah are forced to keep their relationship a secret, so as not to destroy her friendship with Lee.
The Kissing Booth follows clearly the canons of 80’s films, and even the icon of that time, Molly Ringwald, plays one of the roles here, and the main characters refer to the characters of the films with her participation. But the main thing that makes this new Netflix hit stand out is the sincerity of all the strangest and sometimes even silly dialogues that we have never heard in other pictures about teens. The age of the author of the original work played a very significant and clear role.