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A Little Bit of Heaven

Kate Hudson, Gael Garcia Bernal, Lucy Punch

Hudson plays Marley, a fast-paced advertising executive who uses humour to avoid anything serious. When she’s feeling unwell, she goes to the doctor thinking she’s stressed from work. It turns out she has cancer. She gets three wishes from ‘god’ – two come true, but what is the third? Could it be love?

Good performance from Hudson; Garcia Bernal seems to be a new actor to rom coms; and I love Lucy Punch as a goody instead of a baddy.

However, this wasn’t a romantic comedy. It was a romance drama. There’s a big difference and that difference is that you cry instead of laugh – all the way through the film! Too sad, much too sad for me – quick, hand me a new rom com! Or an old one, any old rom com will do!

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Something Borrowed

Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski, Colin Egglesfield

Goodwin plays Rachel, an attorney just turning 30 who wants to make some changes to her life. She is perpetually single and perpetually overshadowed by her blonde and vivacious best friend Darcy (Hudson). Darcy is engaged to Dex, Rachel’s old college friend. Rachel and Dex didn’t manage to get it together back then, so Darcy charged in and snapped him up.

But now Rachel reveals old feelings for Dex and they have an affair, throwing a huge spanner in the works. The situation proves difficult for Dex who has to chose between the two women. And, of course, the relationship between the two best friends will never be the same again.

Hudson always does a great job in a role like this, and Goodwin shines as usual.  Great supporting role by John Krasinski who is the ineffectual male friend. This is a harmless rom com with some fairly typical rom com features – cheating fiances, pre-wedding problems, best friends fighting over a guy etc. If you love your rom coms, then it’s one to watch.

Bride Wars

Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway (and two very inconsequential guys)

Two best friends get engaged. They are very excited for themselves and for each other about getting married. But when they both want to get married at the same place on the same date, their friendship turns into a war.

Kate Hudson’s character is strong, funny, and smart. I didn’t warm to Anne Hathaway’s character as much, and found that Hudson drives the film.

A film that is all about weddings, is all a bit much really. This isn’t one of my favourite rom coms, but is very typical for its time.

My Best Friend’s Girl

MV5BMTg4MDg5NjE3Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzc4ODQ3MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Kate Hudson, Dane Cook, Alec Baldwin, Jason Biggs, Lizzy Caplan

Dustin is in love with Alexis (Hudson), but she doesn’t feel the same way about him. So Dustin hires the services of his best mate, Tank (Cook). Tank moonlights as a bad date guy. Men hire him to take out the women they like, he behaves like a total asshole, and then they look good in comparison.

But Tank meets his match when he takes out Alexis, who is using him to have a good time herself. She may be the one to turn him around. But it may be too late, as his relationship with Alexis has broken up his friendship with Dustin.

It seems as though Dane Cook is the rom com male of 2008 – the bad boy who makes good. But I’m not that keen on him, and am rather glad that he disappears from our screens. Kate Hudson still remains one of the rom com greats, and does her best with this flick. It’s a tad too crude for my liking, and I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as other 2008 flicks I’ve seen. But if you love Hudson, it’s worth a watch.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

MV5BMjE4NTA1NzExN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNjc3MjM3._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey

Two hard-working, upwardly mobile young people – Benjamin Barry and Andie Anderson – meet when they both have a hidden agenda. Ben has a bet that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie is writing a story on how to lose a guy in 10 days. So they are perfect for each other.

But during the 10 days of lying, scheming and play acting, they fall in love with each other. At some point, all bets are off. But how can they now fess up to each other about what they were up to?

This is a totally classic rom com. Hudson is her usual charming self – this role may have set the scene for a lot of her future work. McConaughey is the ‘likeable cad’. They are great together on screen, making this flick very watchable and quite entertaining.

Fool’s Gold

MV5BMTg3NTQ2MDY4OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTAzMjU1MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Donald Sutherland, Alexis Dziena, Ewan Bremner

Another oldie, more of a romance/drama than a romance/comedy..however, it makes the list.

Tess and her ex-husband, Finn, are hunting for treasure. They spent years and all their money researching the whereabouts of sunken Spanish treasure, until it eventually broke them up. Fate brings them back together to continue their quest. Amidst gangsters and competing treasure hunters, the pair get help from a rich backer and his daughter, and their old diving partner to continue their adventure. They re-discover their love for each other when they find themselves in danger.

There was probably just a bit too much action in this flick for my rom com sensibilities. However, it is still a good romantic comedy flick with a solid plot, veteran rom com actors who are well suited together (How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days), and a fairy-tale ending. One to watch with the male friend – something for everyone.

Le Divorce

Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Melvil Poupaud, Glenn Close

MV5BMTUxMjQ0MDgzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNjM1MDY2._V1_SX214_Isabel goes to Paris to visit her sister, Roxeanne, who is pregnant. On arrival she finds that Roxeanne’s husband has left her and is filing for divorce. Part of the divorce settlement is focussed around a valuable painting that Isabel and Roxeanne’s family own. Whilst in Paris, Isabel finds herself a lover, but then also becomes the mistress of a French politician.

This movie originally escaped my notice, until I came across it recently when looking for old rom coms. I thought I was on to a winner with both Hudson and Watts together – but alas, it was not to be. It wasn’t funny, and I found Hudson and Watts to be annoyingly blonde, and trying overly hard to be Parisians.

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