TL;DR – Everyone loves a cliche love story.
Everyone loves a cliche love story. No? You mean it’s just me? I love my action movies, sci-fi, and anything Marvel but you can also say that romantic comedies are my guilty pleasure too. Why guilty pleasure? Simply because every single time I tell someone that I love a good romcom, I always get the “what’s wrong with this guy” look.
Truth is, romcoms are so cliche and silly it’s almost like sci-fi to me. Call me a hopeless romantic but some of the stuff we see on romcom are seriously unbelievable but yet at the same time we wish for it to happen to us in real life.
If you enjoyed classics such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Love Actually and He’s Just Not That into You, here’s a list of some of the recent lesser-known romcoms that you should/should not check out on NetFlix.
When We First Met
This show stars one of my favourite characters from Pitch Perfect (not Fat Amy), Adam DeVine! Yup, his name is Adam DeVine, not Adam Levine from Maroon 5. If you have watched Adam DeVine’s acting on his other shows such as Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, you will pretty much know what to expect from Adam. The show is about a man’s mission trying to go back to the day he first met his dream girl but did not make the move and hence tries to make it right.
Verdict: Must Watch!
The Kissing Booth
Do you remember the days when you were young and how you have ridiculous rules for your friends? No? Great, I don’t either. This show is about two BFFs and their rules and how one of them broke them by falling in love with his brother. Spoiler alert, it’s not as cliche as I was expecting it to be where this pair of BFFs will fall in love in the end. That did not happen. But the characters are so relatable in many ways! Fun Fact, the couples are dating in real life! So sweet.
Verdict: Watch! It did made me tear a little mid-show. I’m a sappy little bear like that. In fact there are talks for a sequel already!
Are you a fan of Instagram? This show’s art direction is so good it’s like watching an Instagram movie if it’s even a thing. It’s about a girl stuck in her PR job and deciding to let everything go when she then falls in love with a celebrity DJ whom she doesn’t even know was famous. The show takes our female lead from New York, to Spain, and finally Ibiza, so you can imagine how beautiful this show can be. The scenes were nicely edited and the female lead, Gillian Jacobs is pretty cute. As for the male lead? You may not recognise him once he is out of his costume from Game Of Thrones, but he did play quite an important role in the HBO series. Try googling him!
Verdict: Watch it for the visuals! It’s beautiful and makes me miss my trip to New York!
Let me try to sum this show up in one sentence: Two highly-competitive introverted high school kids who hated each other fall in love after an incident that brought them together. Cliche checked, in a good way because that’s why we love romcoms. There’s really nothing particularly good nor bad about this show.
Verdict: If you have nothing else to watch, why not?
My Perfect Romance
Where do I even start? Badly written dialogue where every character tries to be witty but can’t pull it off. Less than good-looking leading couple without any chemistry at all. Scenes are bad and draggy. Producer pays no attention to details. No doubt it has a lesser budget since it’s a TV Movie but it looked more like a school project done up by some secondary school students.
Here’s a copy and paste synopsis from IMDB. The show is so bad I do not feel like writing my own.
“Newly appointed CEO of Robinson Tech, Wes Robinson, is looking for new ideas to boost the company’s sales. Vivian Blair, a program developer, shares a dating algorithm she has been working on called My Perfect Match. Wes sees potential and an opportunity to turn the company around and launches the service. When the pair is challenged to use My Perfect Match themselves to find love, this algorithm shows some interesting results.”
Verdict: You should have gotten the hint from what I’ve written above. But to set the record straight, no.