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Cute And Cuddly Cinema:
Our Five Favorite Romantic Comedies

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I’m secure enough in my manhood to admit I have a Top 5 for romantic comedies.

Hell, I have a Top 20, but I’ll spare you that therapy session and just give you the goods:

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You’ve Got Mail

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have never, ever been better. They are pitch perfect, as is the supporting cast of Parker Posey, Greg Kinnear, Dave Chappell and Steve Zahn. Every time this movie is on, I drop everything including my man-card. Director Nora Ephron gets me…she really gets me.

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Love Actually

If this doesn’t make you choke up and shed a tear, or at the very least attempt to sing “Good King Wenceslas” like Hugh Grant, then you have no soul. I’ve verified this statement with The Pope, so you know it’s legit.

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Strictly Ballroom

This sometimes jumps up to #1, but it’s so much more than a rom-com, it’s…everything. It’s a philosophy. “A life lived in fear, is a life half-lived.” All Baz Luhrmann films are great…but he made his masterpiece right out of the gate.

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The Holiday

This one sneaks up on you. Jack Black, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law…are all perfect, playful versions of themselves. This is rom-com perfection. It’s like watching old friends. While I didn’t initially love it wholeheartedly when I saw it the first time…it’s becoming one of those holiday classics. Director Nancy Meyers is right up there with Nora Ephron.

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Notting Hill

Many probably think Julia Roberts was at her best in “Pretty Woman,” but I contend she gives a much more nuanced and interesting performance when surrounded by Brits in this gem. Again Hugh Grant is sublime, like the male version of Meg Ryan – if only those two would have done a film together.

Of course, you only have so many scenes where you can look so damn adorably cute before the audience starts becoming a tad barfy. There’s a very thin line between cutesy and up-chucky. Hallmark Channel—are you reading this? A plastic-surgery comedy perhaps? Sunset romance…set in South Florida? Just don’t over-cute things, m’kay? Wink. Nudge. Long look. Coy smile. Flip of the hair. Cue Vance Joy.

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Jeff Bock, NewsWhistle’s movie editor, is the senior box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations in Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at Jeff@NewsWhistle.com.

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