Falling in love with rom-coms


Artwork by Clara Binstock

Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie, “10 Things I Hate About You,” a 71% score and the audience score was 69%.

Clara Binstock

No matter the season, romantic-comedies are always a good option when picking out a movie to watch.
Something about romantic-comedies, otherwise known as rom-coms, can give a person a warm and fuzzy feeling, even if they are cheesy. LHS students voted on their favorite rom-com movies, so here are three of their top choices they think are worth the watch.
The most popular vote by LHS students was, by far, “10 Things I Hate About You.” This 1999 rom-com is about an anti-social and feisty high school girl named Kat Stratford, played by Julia Stiles. Kat’s little sister, Bianca Stratford, has a dream to get a boyfriend, but the only person stopping her is her father who stands by the rule that until Kat gets a boyfriend, her younger sister cannot have one either. Knowing Kat’s social life and friendliness towards guys, Bianca’s chances are very slim. Two boys are determined to make a move on Bianca, and knowing her father’s rule, make a bet with a rebellious boy named Patrick Verona, played by Heath Ledger, hoping he will be able to win over Kat’s heart. While, at the start, Kat is hesitant about Patrick’s intentions, she eventually begins to open up to him, finding herself actually falling for him. LHS has a good taste for movies because the Rotten Tomatoe tomatometer awarded it a 71% score, saying it has a clever and unexpected script. This love story keeps viewers intrigued and on the edge of their seats, as it has many ups and downs throughout the whole movie. After watching, viewers will be able to list 10 things they love about this rom-com.
Winning second place is the 2003 film called “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Even though Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 42% score, LHS students disagree. In this rom-com, Andie Anderson, played by Kate Hundson, is a journalist for the Composure magazine, which covers fashion and beauty trends, but finds herself wanting to write about something more sophisticated. So, when her best friend loses a guy after dating for just over a week, she decides to write an article called “How to lose a guy in 10 days.” To do this, Andie does a real life experiment where she does everything a girl can do wrong in a relationship. Andie’s lucky test subject ends up being Benjamin Barry, played by Matthew McConaughey, an advertising executive who happens to also find himself betting he can make a girl fall in love with him in 10 days. Even though they are both playing their part, they end up finding themselves actually catching feelings for each other. Although viewers might find the movie predictable or hard to watch because of Andie’s cringy clinginess, this rom-com is a classic love story, leaving viewers wishing it was their own.
LHS awarded third place to the 2008 rom-com called “27 dresses.” This story focuses on the life of Jane Nichols, played by Katherine Heigl, a girl who has a love for weddings like no other and has been a bridesmaid in, you guessed it, 27 different weddings. Jane has always been the perfect bridesmaid: she is helpful, supportive and always dependable. While it seems like her work may go unnoticed, she manages to catch the eye of Kevin Doyle, a wedding announcement journalist, played by James Marsden. Kevin is instantly intrigued by Jane when he sees her switching back and forth between two weddings in the same night, both as the maid of honor. While Kevin spends the following months trying to get to know her, Jane is busy planning her little sister’s wedding, who is engaged to Jane’s boss, whom Jane also is madly in love with. Eventually Jane realizes that she has been chasing the wrong man, as well as living the wrong life. Her whole life, Jane has been planning the weddings of everyone around her, but never planning her own. While Rotten Tomatoes gave this movie a 41% score, describing it as cliché and forgettable, LHS students have evidently not forgotten the love story between the wedding admirer and the wedding writer.