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Getting a romantic comedy right shouldn't be that hard. So why are so few of them worth seeing? Sure, there are classics like "Bringing Up Baby" and "Love Actually," but it feels like Hollywood hasn't really been investing much effort in smart, snappy, sizzle lately.
Fortunately, Netflix has. The streaming service has married its oodles of original programming dollars with a state-of-the-art algorithmic system, and determined that we need lots more romantic comedies — stat! So here's a listing of some of its latest and greatest offerings, all ready for cueing up on date night, when you really want to Netflix and chill.
"Set It Up"
Two co-workers hatch a plan to get their bosses off their backs — by setting them up on a date. Star power: Taye Diggs, Lucy Liu (currently streaming)
"The Kissing Booth"
High schooler Elle falls for her best pal's older brother, breaking one of the key rules of their friendship. Star power: Molly Ringwald (currently streaming)
"Us and Them"
Strangers on a train, but this time in a non-murderous way! Two people share their dreams, hopes and breakups while traveling, and 10 years later are reunited on a plane. (currently streaming)
OK, think of this more as a dad-com: A workaholic woman goes on her honeymoon trip with her overachieving father after being jilted by her fiance. Star power: Kristen Bell, Seth Rogen, Kelsey Grammer (August 3)
"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"
Based on the 2008 novel of the same name, a writer forms a surprising bond with the residents of Guernsey Island (a British isle off the coast of France) post-World War II. Brace yourself for a lot of charm. Star power: Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode. (August 10)
"To All the Boys I've Loved Before"
Based on a 2014 young-adult novel, the film follows a teen girl whose secret love letters go public and shake up her love life. Star power: John Corbett (August 17)
"Sierra Burgess Is a Loser"
That's not a very nice thing to say! But in this film, a geeky teen teams up with her high school's popular girl in order to win over a crush. Think "Cyrano de Bergerac" for the younger set, and you're on the right track. (September 7)
Also worth cozying up to: "Alex Strangelove," "Ali's Wedding," "Catching Feelings," "Ibiza," "Irreplaceable You" and "The Week Of," all currently streaming.
In case you're not ready to dip a toe in untested rom-com waters, here are several on Netflix you'll find friendly and familiar.
"Can't Buy Me Love" (1987), "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (2008), "13 Going on 30" (2004), "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (2003)
"A Cinderella Story" (2004), "Ella Enchanted" (2004), "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" (2017)
Going to the Chapel
"Mamma Mia!" (2008), "The Wedding Party" (2013), "Leap Year" (2010), "I Love You, Man" (2009), "License to Wed" (2007)
"Handsome Devil" (2017), "Blue Is the Warmest Color" (2013), "Carol" (2015)
"Friends from College" (2017), "Sleeping With Other People" (2015), "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" (2012)
Surely everyone can find something to fall in love with here!
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