39 Times Rom Coms Pissed Me Off

You know what really burns my butt? Romantic Comedies!! Because here I am over here…liberated female, free from the ties that bind me and then a movie like When Harry Met Sally comes on and all that level-headed nonsense goes right out the window because…reasons! It just burns. It stings actually.

Pissed Off Yoda

And the worst part is that Romantic Comedies and Dramedies and Sitcomedies and all manner of romance, to be honest, make me weak at the knees. One shot of a semi shirtless Mr. Darcy emerging from the pond at Pemberley and I know what I’ll be dreaming about that night. One little romantic speech from Tom Hanks and farewell normal, everyday human male specimen…don’t even bother, cause you’re no Hanks! Again I say, it burns! Because I don’t want to have that vision in my head. That romantic ideal and yet there it sits. Waiting for the moment to strike. The moment when a guy chooses to take me to a Starbucks for a first date instead of guerilla paintball a la 10 Things I Hate About You. Or at the airport while boarding my plane and no one comes to stop me from getting on…how rude! Or how about when I’m at a holiday party with no date and then…no one bursts through the door to save me.

The beautiful truth is that I can save myself, thank you very much. Always have, always will. The crappy side effect of my frail humanity is that I still want to be saved sometimes. In moments of weakness and ice cream… I want it.

And I’ve decided that Rom Coms are to blame. It doesn’t mean for a second that I’ll stop watching them, because I’m a weak human girlie specimen. And also…reasons! Regardless, here are the 39 romantic moments that just piss me off!!! Who’s with me??

(**This is not the order in which I love hate these movies.)

39.The Switch

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38. Love and Basketball

Love and Basketball Gif Rom Com Movie Moments

37. No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached Rom Com Movie Moments

36. Leap Year

Leap Year Rom Com Movie Moment

35. Never Been Kissed

Never Been Kissed Rom Com Movie Moment

34. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My Big Fat Greek WEdding Rom Com Movie Moment

33. Someone Like You

Someone Like You Rom Com Movie Moments

32. She’s All That

Freddie Prince Jr. She's All That Rom Com Movie Moments

31. Jerry McGuire

Jerry MaGuire Movie Moments

30. The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard Movie Moment

29.  Grease

John Travolta Grease Rom Com Movie Moment

28. The Wedding Planner

The Wedding Planner

27. Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted Rom Com Movie Moments

26.Say Anything

Say Anything Boom Box Movie Moment

25. Lady and the Tramp

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24. Clueless

Clueless Paul Rudd Rom Com Movie Moments

23. The Nanny Diaries

The Nanny Diaries Rom Com Movie Moments

22. Friends with Benefits

Friends with Benefits Justin Timberlake Rom Com Movie Moments

21. Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club Rom Com Movie Moment

20. Because I Said So

Because I Said So Gabriel Macht Rom Com Movie Moments

19. Hitch

Hitch Rom com movie moments

18. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

17. Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze Movie Moments

16. Emma

Emma Movie Moments Mr. Knightley

15. Moulin Rouge

Ewan McGregor Moulin Rouge Movie Moments

14. Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle Rom Com Movie Moment

13. 27 Dresses

27 Dresses Rom Com Movie Moments

12. Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman Rom Com Movie Moment

11. The Mirror Has Two Faces

The Mirror Has Two Faces Rom Com Movie Moments

10. 13 Going on 30

13 Going on 30 Rom Com Movie Moments

9. 10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About You Rom Com Movie Moments

8. While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping ROm COm Movie Moments

7. The Proposal

The Proposal Rom Com Movie Moments

6. Love Actually

Love Actually Rom Com Movie Moments

5. The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride As you Wish Movie Moment

4. You’ve Got Mail

You've Got Mail Tom Hanks Rom Com Movie Moments

3. Bridget Jones’ Diary

Bridget Jones' Diary Rom Com Movie Moments

2. Pride and Prejudice (mini series)

Pride and Prejudice Mr. Darcy Movie Moments

1. When Harry Met Sally (My favorite of all time!)

When Harry Met Sally Rom Com Movie Moments

 

OK, so some of them aren’t Rom Coms. There are Rom Drams and Rom Musical Coms up there, but you get my drift. Romance is stupid and yucky and I love it hate it!!! Hate with a capital H and that stands for Hate and that rhymes with Hate!

Which Rom Coms are your favorite least favorite!!

7 bonus movies that I was reminded of after hitting publish:

Fools Rush In

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The Holiday 

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The Decoy Bride

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My Best Friend’s Wedding

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Return to Me

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Sweet Home Alabama

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Runaway Bride

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New York-iversary

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Photo by Liz Tailor

Yesterday marked the anniversary of the day I moved to the big city! 8 years ago, I was a young, naive country girl who really had no idea what I was my life was about to become. I’d always liked New York and dreamed of it. But actually moving there? Who did I think I was? Sarah Jessica Parker?

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For the first year I basically lived in a dream. Everywhere I went was new, everything I saw enchanted me. And I kept thinking I’d wake up from this awesome dream I was in and I’d be back at home doing something downright ordinary. But 8 years later, I’m still dreaming! So I guess some really do come true.

Here’s a couple things that have become my favorites over the years.

Favorite Building: The Chrysler Building

I think most people tend to favor the Empire State Building or the new Freedom Tower. Both are beautiful and impressive. But it’s the Chrysler Building that always caught my eye. I always felt it looked like it was covered in dragon scales or was secretly an alien space ship waiting to take off at any given moment.

Favorite Thinking Spot: Central Park Rocks

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When I was a nanny in this city, not so long ago, I used to come and just sit in Central Park between jobs and dream of my future. I was constantly inspired by my surroundings and seemed to find a peace there that was so lacking in the rest of the city.

Favorite Restaurant: Cafe Lalo

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Photos by Audrey Carlson

This is the restaurant that was used in the filming of You’ve Got Mail. And I always loved to eat there and just imagine Tom Hanks just outside debating whether or not to come inside. And who are we kidding… I took Pride and Prejudice along with me just in case! As an added bonus they have delicious brunch options. My favorite is the Grilled French Brie sandwich and the Aloha (it’s a mimosa but with pineapple juice!)

Favorite Celebrity Sighting: Peter Dinklage

It’s a rather frequent occurrence to spot a celebrity on the streets of New York. I’ve seen Wallace Shawn, Stanley Tucci, Gerard Butler, Sarah Paulson and more. But my very favorite celebrity sighting was this past Halloween when I saw Peter Dinklage out trick or treating with his family. I was walking behind this mom and dad pushing a stroller. The dad was wearing a hoodie, so I couldn’t see who he was at first and actually didn’t really pay the family any notice, other than that they were directly in front of me on the overcrowded street in the West Village. The mother stopped short, causing me to run into her. So I said “Excuse me” and attempted to walk around them. As I did, I believe Mr. Dinklage thought I was saying excuse me to him. I think he believed that I was going to ask for a picture or an autograph or something. But until he turned around to give me what I can only describe as a ‘Tyrion Lannister stare’, I didn’t even know it was him. It was the coolest thing ever!!!

Favorite Tourist Trap: Times Square

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To be honest, Times Square and I have a deep love/ hate relationship. On a busy New York day, I HATE Times Square. Too many people crammed in too small a space and everyone walking way too slow for me. But at odd hours or rainy days, I actually like it. It’s never night time in Times Square. And you feel almost as if you’re in a movie or a TV show or something. As I said, my first year in New York felt exactly like a dream. Back then I used to go to Times Square all the time. I’d sit in the public chairs and just people watch for hours. Something I haven’t enjoyed doing in a very long time (sadly.)

Favorite Borough: Brooklyn

In my 8 years living in New York, I have lived in New Jersey (obviously not a borough, but I’ve lived there), The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. And out of all of them, I’ve loved Brooklyn best. I’ve lived in 4 different areas if Brooklyn. Williamsburg, Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge and Bushwick. Brooklyn is a lot like Manhattan in that any area you go to in Brooklyn feels entirely it’s own. Bensonhurst is old world Italian Brooklyn and has the best San Gennaro festival I’ve ever been to. Williamsburg is trendy and has thrift ships and coffee shops and pizza places that just beg to be tried. Bay Ridge felt like the suburbs. Like perhaps I wasn’t in New York at all. And Bushwick was straight up scary! But in a few years, I suspect it will feel a little more like Williamsburg, because it can be rather trendy as well.

Favorite Museum: Museum of Natural History

When I was a nanny, I used to take the kids here all the time. I think I’ve been there about 13 times since I’ve lived here. And I have never been bored with it. There is so much to see that I always feel like I’m seeing new things every time I go.

What are a few of your favorite things? Let me know in the comments below! And I hope your New Year is off to an amazing start!

Rom-com Syndrome

I am a sucker for a romantic comedy

Saturday night was a lazy night of bumming it at home with some ice cream and a bunch of romantic comedies. This is a very fun activity when in a group of like minded single ladies. But I caution watching these movies alone. It’s akin to an alcoholic at home alone with a bottle of Jack. No good can come of it.

Watching romantic comedies together lowers the risk of divorce -- tell him that next time he clicks on the game. #movies #happymarriage

Don’t get me wrong, emotional cutter that I am, I love every single one. Even the terribly cheesy Lifetime Originals. Anything with Meg Ryan or John Cusack is my bread and butter. But ladies, we have got to stop. Because I gotta tell ya… the chances of you exchanging letters or emails with a stranger and that stranger ending up as the guy you secretly had a crush on all along…it’s not a thing!

P.S., I Love You (2007) a film by Richard LaGravenese + MOVIES + Hilary Swank + Gerard Butler + Harry Connick Jr. + Lisa Kudrow + Gina Gershon + James Marsters + cinema + Drama + Romance

I know you secretly hope that you’ll flit off on a grand adventure to Ireland and meet a cute, sweet Irishman who happens to be single and looking for an American girlfriend. One who, oh yeah… lives in America. Recipe for success!

What Happens When Two Women Re-Watch "Pretty Woman" - We re-watched Pretty Woman and started to wonder if this is actually a good movie. Turns out, we had a lot of feelings.

I know why we buy it. It keeps hope alive for the singletons of the world. We think, “Yeah, but Julia Roberts made it happen so there’s a chance right?” I’m not saying you won’t find love. I’m just saying you’ll probably have to settle for meeting a normal dude at some normal location under completely normal circumstances. And Tom Hanks won’t be within a 20 mile radius. Neither will Rob Reiner!

You’ve Got Mail Walking Tour

If you’re looking for something fun and interesting to do in New York City then try this You’ve Got Mail self-guided walking tour of the upper west side.

1. First stop is Riverside Park where Joe and Kathleen meet at the end of the movie. It’s in the park at 91st street. There’s a perfect little garden.

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2. Zabar’s on Broadway is where Joe saves Kathleen from an embarassment at the supermarket. “Happy Thanksgiving!”

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And where she unsucessfully tries to avoid him.

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3. They have hot dogs at Grey’s Papaya on 72nd and Broadway.

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4. Joe sees Kathleen at Starbucks on 81st and Broadway.

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5. We hit both bookstores on Broadway as an homage to Fox Books and The Shop Around the Corner.

Barnes and Noble on Bway btn 82nd and 83rd and Westsider Rare & Used Books on 80th and Bway.

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6. Verdi Square is where Joe and Kathleen cross paths without even knowing it at the very beginning of the movie.

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7. Most important of all is Cafe Lalo on 83rd where Joe goes to meet Kathleen for the first time face to face (but not really cause they’ve already met)”She had to be! She had to be!!”

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I recommend the apple pie with rosemary caramel!! Delish.

Thus ends our self-guided tour. The upper west side is a delightful part of the city made even more enchanting with pointed You’ve Got Mail quotes. Give it a try and let me know how it goes and if you discover anything new and exciting to add to the tour!

photos by Audrey Carlson