27 underrated rom-coms to watch when you can’t watch The Holiday one more time

June 8, 2019 0 By HearthstoneYarns

When you can’t watch , , , or one more time without one of the streaming platforms asking some serious questions, it’s time to delve deeper into the romantic comedy back catalogue.

Romantic comedies are the viewing lifeblood of so many of us whether we’re game to admit it or not. There’s just something about rom-coms that give us the warm fuzzy feels even on the greyest of days.

For the shameless romantics, this genre of film encompasses everything to love about love and more. There’s also the comedic element for laughs, often an amazing setting to provide interiors and travel inspiration, and incredible fashion. Who didn’t take a few interiors cues from Diane Keaton’s Hamptons beach house in 2003’s ? Or, covet Cameron Diaz’s wardrobe in 2006’s ?

Rom-coms are all about escaping into a happy, glossy world which we know will deliver on all accounts. And if suspension of disbelief is involved, all the better. We’ve never understood how Cameron Diaz could fit that many incredibly stylish coats in her luggage, but really, who cares? It’s all part of the escapism of the genre.

The most iconic rom-coms also always deliver on a number of other important fronts: two people meet, there’s chemistry, obstacles prevent them from getting together, an offbeat friend/relative/co-worker provides light-hearted laughs and unconventional wisdom, the couple end up happily ever after.

However, when these tropes aren’t followed to the letter, often really exceptional rom-coms miss the attention they so richly deserve. Take (above) for example, this 2004 film starring rom-com’s golden girl Kate Hudson and John Corbett, had the makings of a huge hit and then slipped right under the radar. Was it that audiences couldn’t see the chemistry potential between these two? Or was it the film’s premise? Whatever the reason, it didn’t find its audience, but it is actually well-worth watching.

Read on for rom-coms that might be under-the-radar, underrated or even forgotten over time, but still deliver the full quotient of heartwarming feels, laughs and all-out escapist enjoyment.

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The Wedding Planner, 2001

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The Duff, 2015

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Made of Honor, 2008

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About Time, 2013

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Along Came Polly, 2004

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Celeste and Jesse Forever, 2012

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The Big Sick, 2017

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Love, Rosie, 2014

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Can’t Buy Me Love, 1987

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Just Married, 2003

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Fools Rush In, 1997

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It’s Complicated, 2009

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Just like Heaven, 2005

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Kate & Leopold, 2001

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Life as We Know It, 2010

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Picture Perfect, 1997

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She’s Out of My League, 2010

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What a Girl Wants, 2003

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The Perfect Catch, 2005

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Rumour Has It, 2005

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The Truth About Cats & Dogs, 1996

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The Philadelphia Story, 1940

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Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, 2004

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While You Were Sleeping, 1995

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Excess Baggage, 1997