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The romcom queens return! Can Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock revive the ailing genre?

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Name: Romcom queens. Arrival: Forthcoming. Appearance: Older, wiser, ready to reclaim the throne. Oh God, I thought we’d killed the romcom. We had – and for good reason. It had become old and stale, with every new fil...

Moonshot review – sprightly space romcom stows away to Mars

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This is a smarter-than-it-sounds sci-fi romcom, the kind Gen-Z kids would presumably dig. It sends a seemingly mismatched boy-girl couple – poor, hapless but good-hearted Walt (Cole Sprouse, from Riverdale) and super-...

Hannah Gadsby: Body of Work review – romcom hater happily in love

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Body of Work is “a feelgood show”, Hannah Gadsby tells us. Its predecessors, the smash hits Nanette and Douglas, shot the Tasmanian to stardom – but weren’t all smiles. Her latest, recounting romance and recent marria...

Marry Me review – Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson are flung together in synthetic romcom

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A synthetic fairytale for the era of livestreaming and monetised oversharing, Marry Me is a musical romcom that pairs a superstar celebrity, pop queen Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez), with Charlie (Owen Wilson), a divorce...

I Want You Back review – bitter exes go to war in solid Valentine’s romcom

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There are shades of Griffin Dunne’s underappreciated romantic comedy Addicted to Love in Amazon’s slick Valentine’s offering I Want You Back, stories of dumpees refusing to take no for an answer. But while there was a...

Starstruck review – a lovely, warm, witty return for Rose Matafeo’s big-hearted romcom

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The first series of Starstruck (BBC Three) was a pure delight, sewing together a fresh sitcom using patchwork pieces of old Hollywood and new romcom. It saw Rose Matafeo create, co-write and star in this story of “lit...

TV tonight: Rose Matafeo’s whip-smart romcom returns

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Rose Matafeo’s whip-smart, gender-swapped Notting Hill-style romantic comedy returns. As we rejoin the almost-couple Jessie and Tom, there are hints of commitment but they’re generally spiked by Jessie’s insecurity a...

Book of Love review – charmless romcom is a waste of potential

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Ever since it was insisted that Netflix had single-handledly resurrected the romantic comedy despite the general hideousness of the romcoms they were releasing, streamers have churned them out by the dozen, quality be...

Single All the Way review – Netflix’s first gay Christmas romcom

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When 2018’s likable coming-(out)-of-age teen movie Love, Simon was released to an audience of unprecedented scale, a common riposte was that it wasn’t quite queer enough. The high-gloss YA tale of a white bread suburb...

The Shop Around the Corner review – 1940 Lubitsch romcom still a Christmas delight

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Ernst Lubitsch’s 1940 romcom classic is re-released: it stars James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan as the two squabbling shop assistants, Alfred and Klara, who are anonymous romantic penpals falling in love without kno...

Boxing Day review – likable romcom with a cheeky nod to Love Actually

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Aml Ameen is an actor and director who made his name in Kidulthood in 2006. Now he has made this likable Black British aspirational romcom in the transatlantic style, brashly giving his audience plenty of glam-tourist...

Love Hard review – Netflix Christmas romcom is easy to like

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It might only be early November but ’tis already the season for Netflix to litter its halls with boughs of cheap Christmas content, the most obvious time of the year for the streamer to model itself after the Lifetime...

Love, Rosie: timing is everything in this delectable Lily Collins romcom

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Adapted from Cecelia Ahern’s 2004 best-selling novel Where Rainbows End, the 2014 romantic comedy Love, Rosie follows childhood best friends Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) as they dance around their feeli...

Here Today review – Billy Crystal’s disingenuous dementia romcom

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At first glance an inoffensive plodder of a movie about a veteran comedy writer grappling with the early stages of a rare form of dementia, Here Today is in fact a glossily disingenuous piece of work. It’s a film that...

The Worst Person in the World review – Nordic romcom is an instant classic

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Joachim Trier is the Norwegian director who gave us the disturbing telekinesis thriller Thelma (2017) and the challenging drug-addiction drama Oslo, August 31st (2011). Working with his longtime screenwriter Eskil Vog...

Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) review – lesbian romcom could do better

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It could have been a sweet, gay coming-of-age story about a girl whose sexual awakening is complicated by unwelcome gay mentorship from the ghost of her lesbian aunt. But there’s a disconnect between the naive but wel...

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