Romantic comedies can be fun until you start imagining colliding with a soulmate on the street with a huge amount of paper in your hands or accidentally touching someone else’s hand while taking a cup of your favorite coffee in the cafeteria. Honestly, romantic comedies can be a terrible choice when you are single because a large number of them create the image that finding a soulmate is very simple. Is life like that?
Not really. We have singled out a few romantic comedies that we think are best for those who are single. Some provide a more realistic insight into love, dating, and independent living, while others are more comical than romantic.
1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Whether you are out of a relationship or just not looking for it, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a great choice to spend the evening. The film begins with the famous actress, Sarah Marshall, breaking up with composer Peter Bretter. Angry, Peter goes to Hawaii, and there he finds his ex with a new boyfriend – a rock star.
Fortunately, Peter eventually forms a bond greater than a friendship with a hotel worker. The film is not subject to the typical standards of romantic comedies, such as the mandatory rule that ‘everyone finds their soulmate’, but shows people who find love in different ways and with different people – even when they are not looking for it.
2. How to Be Single (2016)
The name itself says that a single person should watch this movie. The story follows Alice who decides to leave her boyfriend and move to New York. There she finds a group of single women ranging from those who want to find the “right one” to those who have no intention of settling down.
The film offers something for everyone. It points out how powerful it can be to enjoying one’s own company and doing all the things you want.
3. Mamma Mia! (2008)
Sometimes it is a great thing to take a break from dating and start your own hotel business on a remote Greek island. At least that is what worked for Donna Sheridan in the musical Mamma Mia! To find out who her real father is, Donna’s daughter Sophie invites her mother’s three former lovers to her wedding.
Although Sophie has good intentions, her move has unexpected consequences for Donna. This is a very fun movie with which you can constantly sing ABBA’s timeless songs. You will probably want to see the sequel as well.
4. Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
This movie full of many acting stars is a fantastic romantic comedy suitable for any love phase you are in – whether you are in love with someone, trying to start a new relationship, or you are in the process of divorce.
Focusing on Cal Weaver, a middle-aged man who recently broke up with his girlfriend with whom he has been in a relationship since high school, the film shows him moving through a much different contemporary social scene while taking advice from a sleek swindler who secretly goes out with his daughter. While we may not recommend the dating tips described in this movie, it is great to look at with a bowl of ice cream.
5. Love, Simon (2018)
The perfect choice for a lonely evening. The story follows Simon Spier, a homosexual high school student who tries to find the identity of a student he fell in love with during online correspondence, while also fighting a blackmailer who threatens to ‘out’ him in front of the whole school.
It is certain that this emotional and charming show will be a hit among single people, as well as those who are in the relationship. Everyone deserves a great love story.
6. Legally Blonde (2003)
Legally Blonde has become a classic of contemporary comedy and tells the story of Elle Woods, a student who decides to give up a privileged life full of fun and enroll in law school at Harvard to regain her ex-boyfriend Warner.
Although her intentions are debatable, Elle unexpectedly falls in love with the US legal system. Supporting feminism, Legally Blonde reminds us that there is a mountain of different places where we can find love and happiness.
7. 50 First Dates (2004)
Let’s be honest – the first date is often strange. And now imagine 50 of the same ones with the same person! This is exactly what happens to Henry Roth who falls in love with an art teacher, Lucy. Although she has amnesia and cannot remember meeting him the day before, they decide to give it a try. Thanks to the ideal pairing of Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, this film is a lot of fun. We hope you will always have only one first date with someone, not 50.
8. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
If you suffer from a typical case of unrequited love, 500 Days of Summer is the perfect movie that talks about just that. This is an anti-romantic comedy that takes viewers on a 500-day journey between Tom Hansen and Summer Finn.
Although Tom is very dedicated to her, Summer is not looking for anything serious, which makes the relationship very unstable. The realization says a lot about the details of the romance. If something is not right, it is perfectly okay to give up the relationship.
This movie was even nominated for Oscar (which is one of the rare non-casino and non-sports categories that can be found on offers of bookmakers and online casinos – seek for them at TopCasinoExpert.com if you like to wager on TV awards) in 2010 for Best Original Screenplay.
9. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
No matter how much we want someone to love us, it is a feeling that cannot be forced. This turned out to be true for Jules Potter in the film My Best Friend’s Wedding. Although she has an agreement with her best friend Michael that they will marry each other if they haven’t already done so by the age of 28, things change when he tells her he is getting married.
Realizing that she loves him, Jules decides to sabotage his wedding. Never put up with being someone else’s second choice when you can be the first choice.
10. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
A contemporary depiction of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, this is an all-time story in which single people can identify with Bridget. She is 32 years old and is desperately in love with her ideal dream man.
However, everything changes when two handsome men become interested in her.
The film is a great reminder that being single can save us from a lot of potential drama. Instead of evoking drama, why not enjoy watching it?