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5 Rom-Coms You Should Watch On Netflix Today


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Summer break is a great time to catch up on some shows and movies you’ve missed over the school semester. And we think that rom-coms are a great start! For the uninitiated, they are essentially romantic-comedy movies that have sweet romantic plots with hilarious scenes and characters. It’s a go-to genre for anyone who needs an easy watch. Let us introduce some of our favourite rom-coms that are available on the streaming platform Netflix!

 

#1 - Business Proposal

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This Korean rom-com is about Shin Ha-ri (played by Kim Se-jeong), a headstrong and hardworking employee, and how she meets with her CEO Kang Tae-moo (played by Ahn Hyo-seop) during a blind date.

The flustered expressions of Ha-ri as she tries to maintain her secret identity coupled with Tae-moo’s over-the-top and arrogant attitude make for a funny duo that viewers immediately fall in love with. The side characters also steal the scenes they star in, with supporting character Yoo-jung’s (played by Seo Hye-won) “Konglish” (Korean-English) going viral on TikTok.

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This show has every trope you want to see in a rom-com. Business Proposal features classic tropes like secret identities, CEO/employee relationships, fake dating, and more. Every moment in this show will leave you kicking and screaming in joy.

 

#2 - To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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Based on the novels by Jenny Han, the first instalment of the 3-part “To All The Boys” series kicks off with letters that main protagonist Lara Jean (played by Lana Condor) wrote being distributed without her knowledge. These are love letters written to her crushes over the years. As a result, the charming childhood crush Peter Kavinsky (played by Noah Centineo) suggests fake dating to make his ex-girlfriend jealous.

With our hopeless main protagonists and side characters such as Lara Jean’s hilarious younger sister Kitty (played by Anna Cathcart), there are many funny moments that viewers will enjoy. The second-hand embarrassment of Lara’s ex-crushes coming up to her also gives viewers a good chuckle.

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The main couple is absolutely endearing, and it is so sweet to see their relationship evolve from a fake one to a true one. Also, did we mention that the main lead is an Asian high schooler? That’s extra points for representation!

 

#3 - Mr & Mrs Smith

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If you enjoy a little action paired with some romance, this film is just the one for you! The premise of the movie follows a married couple who discover that they both secretly work as assassins. The couple goes through absurd plots to assassinate each other while trying to keep their marriage afloat.

The dramatic irony that the viewers go through makes the plot absolutely hilarious, yet the tension between the hopeless couple sways the inner romantic in all of us. Our favourite scene is one where the couple fights ruthlessly with guns in their house.

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If you enjoy both romance films and spy comedies, Mr & Mrs Smith definitely ticks all the boxes for the perfect movie. The main protagonists (played by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), are absolutely charismatic in every scene they are in.

 

#4 - Never Have I Ever

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For those who are suckers for coming-of-age rom-coms, then Never Have I Ever is the TV show for you! It tells the story of Devi Vishwakumar (played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), a 15-year-old Indian-American Tamil girl from Los Angeles, and her struggles with school, friendships and boys.

As you can probably guess by now, Devi gets tied up in a love triangle between two hot jocks in school, Paxton (played by Darren Barnet) and Ben (played by Jaren Lewison). There are many hilarious moments in their pursuit of love, and it is kinda relatable because we can so see ourselves doing the very same thing!

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In a show full of teenage love that is usually portrayed negatively, Never Have I Ever's fresh take of it is hilariously honest, sweetly smart, and likely to have you falling head over heels for Devi and her antics. Psst, a third season of the show is coming soon in August 2022!

 

#5 - Tall Girl

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At 1.87m, Jodi Kreyman (played by Ava Michelle) sure is tall for a sixteen-year-old girl! This rom-com explores her life as a ‘giant’ and how she handles jokes about her height, school woes and an unlikely (but not very surprising) relationship with her long-time best friend Jack Dunkleman (played by Griffin Gluck).

With cute relationships all around, this show definitely provides many ‘Awww’ moments. More importantly, it gives us the space to think about how we relate to Jodi. Her issue might be a height one, but we all face our own self-esteem issues growing up too.

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While there are many predictable moments and cringe-worthy scenes, the show and its sequel actually shed light on mental health and body image issues among youths today. That is far more meaningful than just pure comedy if you ask us!

 

Well, those are our favourites! There are definitely some guilty pleasures and all-time favourites on our list. Kick back and relax for the rest of summer break and enjoy these heartwarming shows.

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The article was co-written by: Jing Xuan and Gabriel

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