Who doesn't love to watch a good romantic comedy every now and again? Amongst all the fantastical blockbusters, dreary biopics and one-note actioners hitting our screens, it's nice to sit down and watch a good old fashion love story play out. With a slice of hilarity, of course. After all, everyone loves When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle, As Good As It Gets and Say Anything.
But there's more to rom-coms than the classics. In fact, it's one of the biggest genres in cinema, probably because they're easy to make compared to, say, a Marvel vehicle or Tom Cruise action flick, but because of the sheer amount of blockbusters and franchises being thrown at us, it's accepted that we're going to miss out on other, smaller films deserving of our time and appreciation.
The following list will have a look at ten such filcks; the rom-coms with heart and humour that are guaranteed to make you smile, reminisce and feel all warm inside. From the straight-up overlooked to the criminally under-seen, here are ten rom-coms just waiting for you to enjoy.
10. Enough Said
James Gandolfini is best known for his game-changing role as the legendary Tony Soprano, but in this 2013 rom-com he dialled down his usual level of intimidation to star alongside Julie Louis-Dreyfus and give a career-best performance. Though not his last role (that would be The Drop, released a year later), Enough Said was the first film to come out after Gandolfini's untimely passing.
The film follows Eva (Louis-Dreyfus), a masseuse and single mother worried about her life. During a party, Eva is introduced to Albert (Gandolfini), who she agrees to go out with and ends up growing close to. Things get a touch bumpy for the blossoming couple when Eva unknowingly befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), Albert's ex-wife.
Whilst most rom-coms deal with young love, or a first-time serious relationship, Enough Said bravely takes the plunge into a relationship between two people no longer young and care-free, but wise, mature and having lived rich lives.
Both Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus are on terrific form, balancing the comedy and drama of their budding relationship with great chemistry and comedic timing. Better still, no aspect of the film feels overly forced; there's an ease and calmness to the direction and the writing that makes the whole story easy to follow and fall in love with.
As far as rom-coms go, Enough Said is a welcome addition to the fold.