It’s ‘21 Jump Street’ the romcom, as massive nerd turned reporter Drew Barrymore goes undercover at her old high school to find out what the popular kids are into nowadays, and finds herself finally in with the in crowd. David Arquette is a hoot as her thinks-he’s-still-cool big brother.
Saoirse Ronan stars as a young Irish woman, Eilis, who immigrates to New York in the early 1950s in this gorgeous adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s novel. Forced to leave her family and hometown for a new future in New York City, she’s at first crippled by homesickness before falling for a handsome Italian-American. When a death calls her back to Ireland, Eilis is torn between two worlds and two lovers.
The feistiest high school movie of them all. ‘Clueless’ might have hit cinema screens over 20 years ago, but this adaptation of Jane Austen's ‘Emma’ is as fresh as one of Cher’s newly laundered plaid shirts. Alicia Silverstone defines perkiness as Cher, the spoiled little daddy’s girl on a quest for the perfect boyfriend.
It’s the film that launched a thousand pottery classes. And you’d have to have a heart of stone not to melt into a puddle of tears watching ‘Ghost’. Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze are mad-about-each-other yuppies (remember them?). Whoopi Goldberg is the psychic who steps in to communicate between them when he gets murdered by a mugger.
In one of the greatest ever romcoms, Woody Allen gives us the story of a break-up. ‘Where did it all go wrong?’ asks neurotic comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) after breaking up with Annie (Diane Keaton, dressed in a knock-out wardrobe of wide-legged trousers and men’s shirts). The bittersweet message is that finding your soulmate doesn’t guarantee a happy ending.
This 1971 hippie romcom was forgotten for years. These days, thanks to Wes Anderson and other friends in high places, ‘Harold and Maude’ is considered one of the all-time classics. It’s the love story of depressed 20-year-old Harold, whose hobbies include faking his own death, and fun-loving 79-year-old eccentric Maude.
This sweetly sad indie follows an ageing gay couple (Alfred Molina and John Lithgow), who’ve been living together for years in New York. After they marry, Molina, a music teacher, loses his job at a Catholic school and the couple are forced to sell their apartment, each moving in with different relatives. As an exploration of the ways romance changes – or stays the same – as we grow older, this is deeply moving.
On the surface, this easygoing comedy seems pretty cynical about matters of the human heart. Susan Sarandon plays a baseball groupie who always hooks up with the youngest, hottest new players (this year it’s Tim Robbins’s goofball batsman), with Kevin Costner as the wry old hand who sees through her brittle facade. But by the end it’s all gone gooey, in the best possible way.