Five Romantic Comedies That Are Also for Dudes
Looking for a compromise on chick flick night? You can't go wrong with these films.
July 18, 2012 8:48 amHayli Thomson
Wouldn't you rather rewatch a classic romantic comedy than have to endure something like Steel Magnolias? (I was going to say Sex and the City, but contrary to popular male belief, you'd actually get a laugh out of that, too...)
1. Bridesmaids (2011)
When this film first came out, there was a huge amount of hype around it. The female version of The Hangover, they said. Who knew women could be so funny they said. Yes, many articles at the time were quick to point out that this was the first time we could see that women were actually funny. They were wrong. We already knew women were funny - there is a school of funny women out there (most relevant to this film, think SNL). However, before Bridesmaids, we hadn't ever seen a comedy with a leading group of women without the comedic assistance of a man, or men. And that's what makes the film so great. Bridesmaids is an innovative film, not because it tells us that women are funny, but because Bridesmaids is the first film to showcase this as the leading point - without shoving it in our faces.
With a screenplay written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids tells the story of the lead up to Lillian's (Maya Rudolph) wedding, with bridesmaids Annie (Wiig), Megan (Melissa McCarthy), Helen (Rose Byrne), Rita (Wendi McClendon-Covey), and Becca (Ellie Kemper) all trying to keep their cool as everything that can go wrong goes wrong. Jealousy, catfights, food-poisoning, drunkenness...Bridesmaids isn't afraid to go there and then take it one step further.
Best scene: While the gross-out scene in the bridal shop is not easily forgotten, the best scene award goes to the plane scene with a drunk Annie, and a colonial woman churning butter on the wing.
Best line goes to Megan: [discussing ideas for a bridal shower] "Female Fight Club. We grease up, we pull in. Lillian doesn't know so it's, 'Surprise! We're gonna fight!' We beat the shit out of her. She's not gonna forget that. We...we just fucking attack."
Why guys will like it: These chicks are funny. Really funny. And there's no holding back. In the past we've rarely see films in which women are written truthfully, but of recent times this "mechanism" has *gasp* become somewhat of a successful, lasting fad. So, when does Bridesmaids 2 come out?!
2. 50 First Dates (2004)
In 50 First Dates, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore pair up again after the success that was The Wedding Singer.
Barrymore plays sweet, island local Lucy. Sandler plays Henry, a veterinarian and womaniser. Smitten with each other at their first meeting in a cafe, they plan a date for the next day, to meet at the same place, at the same time. When Henry arrives the next morning, Lucy has no idea who he is.
Henry: I was petting my walrus all morning and I was thinking of you the whole time.
Lucy: Okay, pervert. I think that you should leave.
Henry: What? I was just joking around because of what we talked about yesterday
Lucy: Yesterday? I've never even met you.
Henry soon discovers that Lucy is an amnesiac, who lost her short term memory in an accident. But Henry is so infatuated with Lucy and her talent for making tiny houses out of her waffles at the diner each morning that the challenge has already been set for him. And so the hilarious cycle of the film begins. Each day, Henry finds a way to meet Lucy and make her fall in love with him. As he begins to learn things about her, he uses these topics to manipulate her into dating him.
Henry: Where are you coming from? Breakfast?
Henry: How was it?
Lucy: I had waffles. They were delicious.
Henry: I like making little houses out of waffles.
Lucy: You do?
Henry: That's my thing. What's your name?
Henry: Hi, I'm Henry.
With a cast including Rob Schneider as Henry's sexually-inappropriate best friend, Ula, 50 First Dates is a romantic comedy that definitely stands out in Sandler's collection as one of the greats.
Best scene: When Henry and Ula (Scheinder) fake a roadside assault on Lucy's route home from the diner, Lucy stops her car to help Henry and beats Ula with a baseball bat.
Best line goes to Alexa: "If I promised a woman's father I would not see her... I would simply shut my eyes, while she serviced my manhood."
Why guys will like it: Adam Sandler. That is all.
3. Along Came Polly (2004)
After his wife (Debra Messing) cheats on him with a scuba instructor on their honeymoon, Reuben (Ben Stiller) tries to find some direction in life again. When Reuben meets former classmate Polly (Jennifer Aniston) at an art show, he begins dating her. Care-free Polly is the polar opposite of uptight risk assessment expert Reuben, and after engaging in a number of "activities", including salsa dancing, Reuben realises that his orderly, conservative life isn't exciting enough. Eventually, Reuben has to decide between a risky, exciting life with Polly, and a safe relationship with his remorseful, horrible wife.
Best scene: The bathroom scene takes the cake. After a Moroccan dinner, Reuben and Polly go back to her apartment, where Reuben asks to use the bathroom. He runs out of toilet paper. He clogs the toilet with a hand towel. It's really awkward.
Best line goes to Claude, after sleeping with Reuben's new wife: "Look, look we had a scuba, we drink some white wine, we talk about life and we cannot help it. It is like love at first sight. She make like the fire in my trouser!"
Why guys will like it: Reuben gets himself into situations that are totally out of the ordinary, but in some strange way, relatable on every level. And who better to pull that off than the comedy genius that is Stiller? And there are bromance scenes, too, staring Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Reuben's best friend, who gives very interesting advice for every department of the contemporary relationship.
4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
When Toula (Nia Vardalos), a Greek American woman, falls in love with Ian (John Corbett), a non-Greek,White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, her entire family struggle to come to terms with the relationship. And it's all very Greek.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is one of those films you won't be able to stop quoting for weeks. And after those few weeks, once you've slowly ceased pointing out which words come from the Greek language, somebody will tell you to put Windex on a zit and you'll suddenly realise what you've been missing out on since 2002.
Best scene: When Aunt Voula sits down with the Millers to tell them all about her "bibobsy", and the twin sister doctors found in the lump in her neck.
Best line goes to Aunt Voula: "What do you mean he don't eat no meat? [Pause] Oh, that's okay. I make lamb!"
Why guys will like it: It may just help dudes to gain a different of perspective. Maybe your in-laws aren't so bad after all...
5. There's Something about Mary (1998)
So There's Something About Mary may not be the "chickiest" film out there, but it definitely tips the romantic end of the comedy scale.
I'm sure that this film was rude, raunchy and ridiculously amusing back in 1998, because it's still funny and seemingly modern fourteen years later.
After falling for her in high school, Ted (Ben Stiller) has never forgotten Mary (Cameron Diaz). Thirteen years later, Ted hires a private detective to find Mary. Investigator Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) falls in lust with Mary, falsely reports back to Ted that she's a wheel-chair ridden whale, and manipulates Mary into falling in love with him. Ted isn't so shallow, and after deciding that there's something about Mary that he can't seem to shake, Ted goes in search of Mary. When Ted discovers that Mary is as attractive and lovely as he remembers her to be, they begin to date, and suddenly every male character thinks that there's something about Mary that they all want.
Best scene: The cringe-worthy zipper scene. You may not know what I'm talking about now, but after you see it you'll never forget it. And you'll want to.
Best line goes to Mary's stepfather in the infamous zipper scene: "Oh man! How'd you get the beans above the frank?"
Why guys will like it: Like the gross-out bridal shop scene in Bridesmaids, this film has one of its own within the first ten minutes. In fact, There's Something About Mary may have set the benchmark for future gross-out scenes. As an honest account of one man's awkward desperation, and three stalkers' hilarious obsession, this film is not to be hidden away with that collection of nineties VHS tapes that 1) obviously don't play in the DVD player, and 2) aren't so funny anymore.
So can you think of any other chick flicks that aren't so bad? Let's hear it in the comments! After all, you may save a life on someone's Saturday night...