It’s February, the month Capitalism has coined ‘the month of looooove’ 🌹so, I am here with some film recommendations! Anyone who knows me knows that romance is not generally my genre. I can’t even say that ‘film’ is my genre (I’m more of a TV slut) but I am a sucker for representation (I talk about it here and here).
I’ve been really happy to see more romantic comedies made by and/or starring people of colour. So, I’ve put together 3 relatively recent rom-coms I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Get your popcorn in the microwave and open Netflix, we about to talk about luuurv.
1. Always Be My Maybe
Starring Ali Wong and Randall Park
I was so excited to see these two comedians working together. I liked Ali Wong from her stand-up and Randall Park from Fresh Off the Boat. They both were involved as writers and producers, and both gave stellar performances. The story was beautiful; it had heart, it had humour, it had the good ol’ childhood sweetheart trope we all love and yet don’t have (or is it just me? 💀) and some cultural specificity that gave the story something fresh.
2. The Lovebirds
Starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani
Okay, so this was a fantastic way to convince me to watch a romance: involve two comedians I love and a high-stakes crime they have to solve?
This film is a non-stop adventure train, which acts as a wonderful backdrop to their relatable love story. The actors have great chemistry (I mean, Kumail’s eyes 👀) they’re both quirky and likeable and the plot is pretty brilliant. I found myself laughing out loud through most of the film, and that’s really the way to my heart.
3. Someone Great
Starring Gina Rodriguez, DeWanda Wise, Brittany Snow, Lakeith Stanfield
Now, if you’ve watched this, I know– it’s not exactly the traditional romantic comedy plot. However, I love the focus on and accurate depiction of woman friendships. It’s really the girlfriends that get the main character, Jenny, through the beginning of her heartbreak and encourage her to be her best self.
Now onto the good stuff: DeWanda Wise’s character is just my absolute fave. She’s hilarious, awkward and afraid with her emotions (I get you, boo) and refreshingly no-nonsense. Can we also agree that Lakeith Stanfield is the screen boyfriend of our time? Gina Rodriguez (star of Jane the Virgin) obviously acts her ass off and Brittany Snow’s character is an unintentionally-humorous part of the friendship group. I think the actors had great chemistry, and the screenwriter-director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson told us a great story all in all.
It’s an emotional rollercoaster (don’t watch it while crossfaded like I did and you should be fine- I was a mess) but it’s a beautiful one. It does get a little cheesy in some moments, but it’s February, y’all. Bring on the cheese 🌸
Thanks for reading and let me know what you’ve watched lately! ✨