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Failure to Launch

Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Kathy Bates

Tripp (McConaughey) is the classic romantic comedy bad boy in this flick – attracted to very short term relationships, playing it cool, hanging with his mates, avoiding emotion, and still living with his mum and dad at the ripe old age of 35!

As Tripp’s parents want their nest emptied, they hire Paula (SJP), a professional interventionist. Her plan is to sweep Tripp off his feet, make him fall in love with her, which will then make him feel more independent and therefore move out of home. The plan goes along nicely for a while, until cupid rears his ugly head. As we often find out in the classic rom com, apparently the bad boy does have feelings!

When we were watching this film we realised we had seen it before, some years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t think a second viewing enabled it to get into the Better the Second Time Around category. Not a bad job done by both SJP and McConaughey. But great effort by Deschanel who plays the obligatory dark-haired best friend/room-mate to Paula. Stock-standed rom com, pretty enjoyable, and I’m sure you’ll catch it on TV from time to time.

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

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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

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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.

The Wedding Planner

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Mary (Lopez) is a highly-driven wedding planner who is vying for ‘partner’ in her firm – a firm that caters mainly for high end weddings. She is fairly sceptical of true love after having her heart broken, and takes bets on how long the clients’ marriages will last.

So because she is so busy organising other people’s weddings, Mary’s Italian father has arranged a marriage for her with an old Italian friend’s son, Massimo. But she has just met Steven and both felt some sparks fly between them. This may be the man of her dreams.

However, disappointingly, it turns out that Steven is set to marry one of her clients. So Mary settles for Massimo and organises her wedding in the opposite fashion to what she does for others.

Does Steve marry his fiance, Fran? Does Mary marry Massimo? Or do they rock the boat and go with their hearts?

Here is another wedding-obsessed film that should really be spending more time sending itself up. But, at the least, the message is more about love than the wedding.

McConaughey was a lot more humble back in these earlier rom coms and much more likeable than his brash newer roles. J-Lo was okay (slightly better in the Back-up Plan) as a rom com protagonist. Although this is another slightly sickening wedding flick, it’s actually not bad for an early 2000s rom com. It’s light and romantic and worth a watch when you’re in the mood.