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Best Rom-Coms to Binge Watch This Valentine's Day

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With Cupid Arrows flying left right centre, it's no surprise that Netflix is on its way to shove sappy and cheesy rom-com down our throats (totally not a fun day to spend Valentine's day in my humble opinion). And since not all of us have big romantic plans, cuddling up with your couch and binging on snacks seems like an ideal way to spend the 14th, provided you have high-quality movies to assist you. Here's my top pick of perfect movies to watch on Valentine's that are bound to leave you with heart eyes.

1. 13 going on 30:

My rating: 4.8/5

Summary: Jenna Rink makes an unusual wish on her birthday. Miraculously, her wish comes true and the 13-year-old Jenna wakes up the next day as a 30-year-old woman and discovers that the 30s aren't everything they seemed to be, complete with their set of challenges as always.

Why you should watch it: the characters are extremely relatable and charismatic, and the love tropes and story have you rooting for them from minute 1. The character development is insanely wholesome and the movie does a brilliant job of balancing humour and morals that have still stuck with me to this day.

Where you can watch it: Netflix

2. How to lose a guy in 10 days:

Rating:4.2 /5

Summary: Advertising executive Benjamin Barry makes a bet that he can make any woman fall in love with him, while women's magazine writer Andie Anderson plans to write an article about the ‘don't’s’ women do in relationships that make men lose interest, putting them at cross-purposes after they unknowingly choose each other as their romantic partners

Why you should watch it: the plot is creative and clever, and it's hilarious to see how both Andie and Ben have to tolerate each other to win their bet and article respectively. I felt that the romance was rushed and that the ending fell flat, but I enjoyed the movie from start to end as both the characters are witty and very well-developed.

Where you can watch it: prime video

3. the proposal:

My rating:4.6/5

summary: When Canadian executive Margeret learns that she may be deported, she hires her assistant to act as her fiance, unaware of the repercussions his family and her feelings will have on her

Why you should watch it: this movie is a classic grumpy meets sunshine in the best way possible, and the character development is phenomenal. The movie was quick with its humour and this slow-burn romance stayed on my mind for a long time. The characters' opposing personalities contrast each other in the best ways possible and the delivery is simply applaudable.

Where you can watch it: Apple TV

4. Hitch:

My rating:4.8/5

summary: Alex "Hitch" Hitchens is a professional "date doctor" who coaches other men in the art of wooing women, with the main focus of having genuine long-term relationships. And while mostly successful, things turn quite a turn when he starts to fall in love himself.

Why you should watch it: This movie is one of my all-time favourites as I think that it has all the desirable traits of a perfect rom-com. The chemistry is flammable between the leads, the humour and plot development are perfect in their timing and the characters are witty yet vulnerable, which has you rooting for them throughout it all. This movie has everything: life, love, friendships and, most importantly, honesty.

Where you can watch it: prime video

5. Friends w benefits:

My rating:4.4 /5

summary: The story follows Dylan Harper and Jamie Rellis who meet in New York City and naively think having sex won't cause problems with their friendship. They gradually start to develop feelings for one another but continue to suppress them whenever they are together.

Why you should watch it: another quirky rom-com with a star-studded cast that will certainly leave you wanting more. Aside from the fact that the progression from friends to lovers seemed rushed, this movie will leave you in splits and tears simultaneously, while having you enjoy the story and plot immensely.

Where you can watch it: prime video

6.10 things I hate about you:

My rating:4.7/5

summary: New student Cameron falls in love with Bianca and makes an effort to get bad guy Patrick to date Bianca's rebellious sister, Kat, to avoid her father's severe dating restrictions.

Why should you watch it: based on Shakespeare’s “the tanning of the shrew”, this movie is jam-packed with amazingly complex yet relatable characters and a plot that appeals to most of the youth. The love stories are unique and adorable, and the climax is severely outdone. One of my personal favourites, this movie will tug at your heartstrings as you explore the complex relationships embedded in this movie and the bond of sisterhood.

Where you can watch it: hulu

7. What's your number?

My rating:4.1 /5

Summary: After making a list of all the men she has slept with, Ally realises that she won't sleep with another unless he’s the ‘one’. Quick to break her vow, she decides to revisit every ex she has dated and see which one she could potentially fall back in love with, enlisting the help of her neighbour Colin. On her quest to find her one true love by revising the past, she realises that she's ignoring her perfect present.

Why should you watch it: complete with every possible trope you could imagine, hilariously timed dialogues and persona, and a love story that's slow burn yet ever so satisfactory, what's your number is certainly a movie not to be missed. and while the ending may seem anticlimactic, this movie had me longing for more and had me laughing at the hilariously relatable sequences portrayed.

Where you can watch it: prime video

8. To all the boys I've loved before:

My rating:4.7/5

Summary: Lara Jean Covey is the perfect Type A girl, a girl who's relatable, well mannered and, most importantly, cannot and will not confess her feelings. Instead, she locks them away in a blue box, a love letter to every boy she's loved before. Watch as hell unfolds when the letters get released and Lara figures out which of the 5 boys she truly loved.

Why you should watch it: Honestly, Lara may be my favourite character out of all of Jenny Han's books I've come across. She's relatable and awkward, and have you to adore her from the start. The fake dating trope+ and a nerd and popular couple troupe tie this movie together and the ending is the most wholesome thing I've seen. this movie deals with serious issues amazingly and the chemistry between the leads is simply undeniable.

Where you can watch it: Netflix

9. Set it up:

My rating:4.7/5

Summary: The plot follows two overworked assistants who try to set up their demanding bosses on dates in New York City while trying to navigate their own emotions and careers.

Why you should watch it: This movie was an absolute blast to watch and I loved the chemistry between the leads. The characters were well written and developed and the ambition is clear from the start. Both the leads are extremely comical and relatable, and this movie was written with immense sadistic humour. Overall, this movie had an amazing ending and a pretty cool plot twist, and the character development was insanely written.

Where you can watch it: Netflix

10. Letters to Juliet:

My rating:5/5

Summary: When fact checker Sophie goes on her ‘pre-honeymoon’ to Italy with her uninterested fiance Victor, she decides to explore the town only to find an unwritten letter between torrid lovers. restless to find out the truth and the possibility of a reunion, she contacts the letter writer and along comes her grumpy grandson, and the 3 of them head across Italy to find the bearer of the letter.

Why should you watch it: where do I even start with this movie? If I could watch this one every day of my life, trust me I would. every single possible trope, plot twist and enthralling factor has been included. Adventure and treasure hunt vibes radiate from this movie in the best possible way and the chemistry between the characters is palpable(easily my favourite couple). In my opinion, this is the top-tier ultimate rom-com that will make you laugh, cry and book a ticket to Italy instantaneously.

Where you can watch it: prime video

Jiya Chhugera
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Jiya Chhugera is an 11th-grade IBDP student who is extremely passionate about advocating for women's Reproductive/menstrual rights, gender equality, and equal access to education globally. An active Munner and writer, she enjoys creating literary works and articles talking about pop culture and socio-economic issues that prevail in our society to this day.