**Slight Spoilers Ahead**
Slow dancing, scarlett roses, kissing in the rain and thousands-upon-thousands of dramatic love declarations. Romantic comedies can either give us our fairytale fix or make us singles feel pretty detached - especially at this time of year. Some films in this genre, however, have been able to flip this on its head - focusing on independence, individuality and life experience above all else - to form a collection of life (and love) affirming classics. Here a few you should watch during your next marathon:
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1. My Best Friend's Wedding
If you give Julia Roberts a fun, opinionated character, add a kooky friend (and don't forget to minus the unnecessary, and somewhat outdated, female rivalry) you are well on the way to creating the perfect #romcom. My Best Friend's Wedding taught us there is more to life then getting the upper hand and the galaxy does not have the one 'soul mate' out there for us to find. Most importantly, friends are our partners in crime through thick and thin - we drag them into unexplainable situations, embarrassing moments and persuade them to mend our own chaotic decisions and broken hearts - whether we are in a relationship or not. With heaps of #90s nostalgia and a hilarious rendition of "I Say A Little Prayer" - this is definitely a feel good film.
2. 500 Days Of Summer
One of my favorite movies of all time - 500 Days of Summer shows the impact love has and how important the experience is, no matter its duration. Tom (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is immensely relatable and shows the whole rom-com genre isn't 'just a girl thing' (check out the article linked above for more on this!) The casting is flawless, the concept is still not used that often, and the cinematography is gorgeous. This film is perfect ... just...perfect. If it is not yet on your Valentine's day (re)watch list - it definitely should be.
3. La La Land
Having already tap danced its way into the #Oscars history books, La La Land's precedence is undeniable. It will have you dancing in the aisles as well as reflecting (and possibly accepting) the love/life choices you've made so far. The musical questions the importance of ambition, the need to adjust aspirations from time to time, and self-belief (I know it sounds like a self help book but we all need that reinforcement now and again.) It's got the whole romance thing going for it too of course, as well as a soundtrack that will never leave your head once it settles there.
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5. Eat, Pray Love
Hello again, Julia Roberts. Eat, Pray, Love is the ultimate advertisement for self-care and self-empowerment (even it is slightly cheesy.) Elizabeth Gilbert's quest of discovery, education and culture takes her around the globe; eventually giving her the perspective to move on independently in her own life. Definitely a watch for everyone who is feeling a bit lost or have some big decisions to make; it shows us how to claim our lives back and show 'em who's boss.
*Bonus* - Silver Linings Playbook
I have seen this film too many times. Apart from the obvious humour, A-list acting and dancing (can you see a theme here?), the film's key protagonists, Tiffany (played by #JenniferLawrence) and Pat (Bradley Cooper), promote successful second chances and the ability to overcome the metaphorical demons hiding in your closet - however unlikely it may seem. Silver Linings is also centred around mental health, which is not usually reflected in film as often and as accurately as it could be, so it is refreshing to see it portrayed in a positive light. Watching this will warm your heart and have you cheering for the underdogs until the very end.
What is your favorite Rom-Com? Do you continue to rewatch a certain film, regardless of how many times you've seen it? Let us know in the comments below!