Now the majority of Romantic Comedy Flicks just plain suck since they regurgitate the same old tired Hollywood formula. But there are always exceptions to the rule, and that is why I have come up with this list of better than average quirky Rom Coms. So with out further adeau, I give you Dick Hollywood’s Top 13 Quirky Romantic Comedies in alphabetical order:
James, (Jesse Eisenberg from ‘Zombieland’ and ‘The Social Network’) finds his Parents can come up with the funds they promised, that he needs to travel Germany after he graduates from College, so he takes on a summer job at an Amusement Park to subsidize his upcoming move to an Ivy League school in lieu of the trip to Europe. Funny, real and very heartwarming with a great cast of quirky characters. This is one Romantic Comedy that Dick Hollywood can wrap his movie going head around!
Crossing Delancey (1988)
Well, this one is more of a traditional Hollywood Romantic Comedy, but Peter Reigert and is so good in this flick and Amy Irving is so adorable, that I will let it slide. Jewish American Girl from Uptown Manhattan is still single and her family is not happy about this, so they hire a Matchmaker to find her a Beau, who turns out to be a pickle maker from Downtown. Romance and Comedy abound, and it is easily one of my Fav Romantic Comedies of all time!
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
One of my all time favorite flicks! A Surreal Romantic Comedy Head Trip of a Film. If you have not seen it, then do so now! Nuff Said…
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel star in director Marc Webb’s Anti_Romantic Comedy. This non linear flick jumps around the 500 Days after Tom (Gordon-Levitt) falls for Summer (Deschanel), his bosses new Secretary, who just so happens, does not believe in love.
Happy Accidents (2000)
Really quirky Indie Romantic Comedy. Sam, (Vincent D’Onofrio), may or may not be from the future and Ruby, (Marisa Tome)i, falls for him. Funny, odd and just different enough to make this list. Writer/Director Brad Anderson’s second Flick and an Indie favorite, is so much better than any so-called Rom Coms that Hollywood has put out lately…
La Boum (1980)
Great coming-of-age French Romantic Comedy and one of my favorite 80’s Teen Flicks. Starring a teen Sophie Marceau as Vic, who is just discovering the highs and lows of boy crushes. A heartwarming funny film with a great cast of young actors.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
Well ok… Lars (Ryan Gosling) is a shy and extremely eccentric introverted individual who lives in his brother’s garage and so desperatly wants a real relationship like his brother and sister-in-law, so he orders a life-like silicone sex doll over the Internet and begins to bring her around and introduce her as Bianca, a women he met online who happens to be a missionary. This is one odd little flick that is alternatly sad, romantic, uplifting and funny.
Modern Romance (1981)
What a funny fuckin’ flick. I have watched this flick many many times and it only gets better with repeated viewings. Written and Directed with neurotic glee by Albert Brooks, who also plays the lead Robert. Kathryn Harrold plays Mary, his on again off again girlfriend whom he constantly breaks up with and then always wants to get her back. So much uncomfortable fun to be had!
Next Stop Wonderland (1998)
Have not seen it in years, but Hope Davis is so amazingly adorable in this flick, and that in itself is worth recommending it. After a bad break-up, Erin’s (Hope Davis) Mother decides to put in a personals ad for her in the Newspaper, and with that, comedy and romance ensue. This is Writer/Director Brad Anderson’s first flick and then he went on to do Happy Accidents which I recommended above. Now please enjoy a clip from the flick.
Safety Not Guaranteed
From IMDB – “Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.” Wonderfully Quirky with and a couple of fun performances from Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass. God, I love Aubrey Plaza.
Hal Hartley’s second Feature and it is one hell of a Black Romantic Comedy. The late Adrienne Shelly stars as the pregnant high school Maria who falls for Matthew (Martin Donovan), an unbalanced, suicidal, brooding bad boy. Hal Hartley’s stilted dialog is not for everybody, but for some, it is pure brilliance.
2 Days in Paris (Deux jours à Paris) (2007)
This excellent little film, Written, Directed and Starring Julie Delpy, is one hell of a funny flick. Much of the humor comes from the neurotic boyfriend role, wonderfully played by Adam Goldberg. Fun, romantic and very quirky… So much better than then any Hollywood Rom Com!
The late Adrienne Shelly Wrote and Directed this sweet little qurirky gem that stars Keri Russel as Jenna, a waitress in a small town coffee shop who makes the most wonderful pies. She is in a loveless marriage and wanting to escape her life, until she meets a handsome Doctor (Nathan Fillion), who tells her that she is pregnant, and just like that all kinds of comedy and romance begin! Great little film…