Favorite Recent Rom-Coms
Romantic comedies are some of YAM Magazine’s staff’s weakness; often maligned with the tag of “chick flicks,” but nothing beats the fluttery feeling of watching a good rom-com.
So we took a look at some of our favorite recent (2010-onward) straight rom-coms, meaning that we’re not looking for coming of age dramedies with a hint of romance or genre-benders that seem like they could be romantic comedies. We’re looking for “a and b meet and fall in love”. Thank you.
Love Is Not Blind (失恋33天)
Though we may argue that our protagonist in Love Is Not Blind, a very lovable Bai Baihe [Did she ever dethroned China’s Reining Movie Diva?], never really falls in love with the suspiciously desexualized co-worker (the fallen from grace, but TV reborn Zhang Wen). This is a romantic comedy, so that settles it.
Written by Jingjing Bao [who also wrote the screenplay for Our Shinning Days (闪光少女), another of our favorites] alongside director Hua-Tao Teng; we follow the live of a wedding planner at the edge of a nervous breakdown when she finds her boyfriend cheating on her with her best friend. Bai Baihe is irresistible.
Heart Attack (ฟรีแลนซ์..ห้ามป่วย ห้ามพัก ห้ามรักหมอ)
We seem to be turning into big fans of actor Sunny Suwanmethanon, who plays a workaholic graphic designer with a strange stress rash that is to be treated by doctor Imm, played by the lovely Davika Hoorne.
Our Times (我的少女時代)
Definitely one of our favorite rom-coms this decade, which follows the life of Truly Lin [her name in the movie is Lin Chen-hsin (林真心), which means ‘true heart’), played in her younger geeky days by Vivian Sung, who comes to know about the hardships of life and love as she reminisces about her younger days, with the boy that caught her eye and the one that captured her heart.
Female director Frankie Chen earned her nomination for Best New Director at the 2015 Golden Horse Awards for this film.
Love in a Puff (志明與春嬌)
This one is for the grown ups~ We’re also really big fans of Pang Ho-Cheung’s Love in a Puff trilogy, even though most of us don’t smoke. In the first movie of the trilogy, Jimmy (Shawn Yue) and Cherie (Miriam Yeung) meet over a smoke, their developing relationship and the impending doom of a Hong Kong smoke-ban that threatens their habit.
Bareilly Ki Barfi
Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari continues to impress, after her debut with the heartfelt Nil Battey Sannata, in this rom-com adapted by her husband Nitesh Tiwari (who was in charge of the amazing Dangal), based on the novel The Ingredients of Love by Nicolas Barreau. The film follows a woman (Kriti Sanon), deemed unmarriageable by her suitors for her upfront nature, who finds a book whose author (Rajkummar Rao) describes someone like her as his ideal type. On her search for the author of the book, she meets the man (Ayushmann Khurrana) who was in charge of printing the book and is actually the real author.
The film was a surprise box office success, received well by the critics, and has earned Iyer Tiwari her Best Director Filmfare Award, right after earning Best Debut Director last year while her husband got Best Director in the same ceremony.