There is nothing wrong with a guy exploring his feminine side—at least that’s what my shrink tells me. A man has every right to enjoy the ballet, or wear harem pants, or follow Cher on Twitter. But any given Sunday, every couch-sitting male is faced with a true test of his masculinity: Although this is a day devoted to football, basketball, or camel-racing on ESPN7, chances are there’s a chick flick just a few channels away. And thus, the conflict. At first you flip casually, during a commercial break or a time-out. Then it becomes more frequent, like every first down or layup. Before you know it, you’re knee-deep in Meg Ryan’s tears, waiting for the moment Tom Hanks comes around the corner with flowers in one hand and your balls in the other . . . metaphorically speaking. But this is okay! Enjoying a rom-com is extremely healthy. So grab some tissues and your favorite Harry Connick Jr. CD (I think there’s only one), and let’s get to it. Here are the top ten romantic comedies every guy should see.
The Cutting Edge
One of the great questions in my personal universe is why, when this film is on, I instantly ignore all other aspects of my life. I could care less about skating or hockey, but when Doug and Kate land the Pemchenko Twist, all is right in the world.
I know, it’s clichéd, but this is also a movie that fulfills every man’s fantasy: The hottest actress (or actor, depending on your preference) in the world walks into your place of business, and you guys fall in love. Plus, it was shot during Hugh Grant’s golden era . . . post-prostitute but pre American Dreamz.
Keep a bottle of Androgel nearby—the amount of estrogen wafting from your TV is enough to make you grow ovaries.
Remembering a time where Melanie Griffith was hot and Alec Baldwin was . . . still douchey. This film is a true bookmark in cinematic history: the ’80s. Better yet, the late ’80s, a time when shoulder pads could deflect shrapnel and hair was teased more than Michael Cera at football practice. Plus any film with a Cusack is good enough for me.
She’s the mother of the current reigning rom-com queen, but back in the day, Goldie Hawn had it on lock. Overboard is a film that asks the question, can a wealthy heiress fall for a working-class plumber? Yes, but only if they have Kurt Russell’s hair. That thing has its own agent, and he probably makes more than mine.
Please keep a bottle of Androgel nearby at all times, because the amount of estrogen that wafts from your TV during the movie is enough to make you grow ovaries. The ultimate chick flick, it makes The Notebook look like a playbook, but your mom will be so proud.
When Harry Met Sally
To me, it’s the most perfect movie ever created: Casting, writing, directing, soundtrack, portrayal of New York. Plus, it proves once and for all that a man can never just be “friends” with a woman . . . especially if she can orgasm in a deli.
The Sweetest Thing
It’s like a tonsillectomy: You only need to experience it once.
Cameron Crowe’s most underrated screenplay, and hands-down one of my favorite films. Set in the Seattle grunge period, it has cameos ranging from Pearl Jam to Chris Cornell, not to mention perfect acting from Campbell Scott, Bridget Fonda and Matt Dillon. The film’s so good, you will not only buy a flannel, you’ll wear it in public.
A Lot Like Love
I tried so hard to avoid the common rom-com elements in this article. I left out Sleepless, Bridget Jones and anything McConaughey, but I must include Kutcher. I’m sorry, but this is a very sweet and enjoyable film. Amanda Peet is great, and Ashton Kutcher actually plays down the asinine persona that we have come to know.
Can’t Hardly Wait
If, for some inexplicable reason, you wanted to visit any high school from 1997-1999, this is your film. The football oaf, the wannabe gangster and Jennifer Love Hewitt, who at the time had hair that could swallow her own face. This is what every Gen Y high-schooler did/does on Saturday nights—unless you were me, at home listening to Pink Floyd.
So remember, there is absolutely nothing wrong with indulging in a chick flick once in a while. They’re a perfect, light hearted, joyful way to realize that love can come from anywhere, no matter how bad the script is.