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The Snooty Ushers’ Valentine’s Day


When you ask The Snooty Ushers what their favourite rom-coms are, you might get some surprises. Read on for more.

It’s that time of year when restaurants raise their prices, flower companies rejoice, and chocolate makers make a bundle love is in the air – and what better way to celebrate than by watching a romantic comedy. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and it’ll all be alright in the end.

And who better to ask than The Snooty Ushers? What are our favourite rom-coms?

Welshy:  Pretty Woman (Gary Marshall, 1990)

There were a few that I considered, 27 Dresses and PS I Love You, being the other two contenders. This however is one of my favourite films. Its a good retelling of the rags to riches motif. It has Jason Alexander as an incredibly sleazy villain and Julia Roberts who I think radiates beauty, wit and charm, I honestly really enjoy watching it. My favourite scene is when Edward wakes up the morning after meeting her and you see all her real red hair as oppose to the awful blonde wig. Gets me every time.

James: Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)

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I nearly went for Scott Pilgrim vs the World (Edgar Wright, 2010), or maybe (500) Days of Summer if Dan hadn’t got in there first, and of course Annie Hall is an absolute classic. And I feel like I really should say The Princess Bride or Shaun Of The Dead . But Amelie is just such a beautiful film, it melted my cold cynical heart (yes, it was me who wrote that intro), and as a traditional rom-com, I think it’s the one I should recommend. It’s the story of a young dreamer Amelie (the enchanting Audrey Tautou) who decides to make the lives of those around her better. She falls in love with a mystery man, but can she overcome her shyness and be happy? The film is just so funny, filled with odd characters and subplots (her parents, the globetrotting gnome) and the soundtrack by Yann Tiersen is simply beautiful.

Dave: The Wedding Singer (Frank Coraci, 1998)

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While not a huge fan of this genre, this was harder than I thought to choose.  While You Were Sleeping is a real favourite of mine, as is Edward Norton’s understated Keeping The Faith while Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy is maybe just a little bit too downbeat for this day of love.  The Wedding Singer is a film I can watch over and over again, my wife loves it every bit as much as I do.  Adam Sandler gives a wonderfully understated performance as Robbie Hart, the wedding singer who just wants to be loved.  Drew Barrymore is utterly adorable as Julia, the waitress who helps mend his broken heart.  A sweet, hilarious film, this is a much a love letter to the 80s as it is a romantic comedy.  The sound track is full of 80s classics and anyone who lived through the decade will laugh and cringe in equal measures.  The chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore is incredible, they would go on to star in two more rom-coms, 50 First Dates and Blended (both are worth a look), but they don’t quite hit the heights of The Wedding Singer.  The scene where Robbie serenades Julia on the plane with the help of Billy Idol is one of my favourite feel-good moments of all time.  A romantic, comic treat.

Dan: (500) Days of Summer (Marc Webb, 2009)

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Dan is unavailable for further comment, so James is filling in

(500) Days of Summer, the archetypal off-beat rom-com, is famously not a love story. It is the story of boy (charming Jospeh Gordon-Lovitt) meets girl (the delightful Zoey Deschanel) and their subsequent relationship, with all its ups and downs, as these two quirky individuals fall head over heels in love and live happily ever after. Or do they? Having two lovable leads like this makes the so easy to watch, and showing the disintegration of the relationship as well as its growth is what makes this a great film. Many films have tried to be as quirky, few have been as good.

So there we have it. Our favourite rom-coms – and a surprisingly high number of other options as well! Time to watch some Jason Statham films to make up for it… but maybe I’ll give Amelie a re-watch first, in the name of journalistic accuracy of course. And Dan did recommend (500) Days Of Summer, it would be rude not to. Of course to leave out Welshy’s suggestion is a classic….

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