Rom-com is truly a timeless genre. The phenomenon of falling in love never gets old. People till like seeing the perfect versions of themselves romancing it out on the big screen. Basically, ‘Fight Club’ minus all the fight. 2018 brought along with it some inspiring watches. While some were expected to do well, some surprise entries in the list shocked us with their quality and some which were expected to do well, tanked. Despite the overall positive vibes, the year was disappointing in terms of romantic comedies. I can’t pinpoint to a film in this list that could be a contender at the Oscars. Anyway, we are not going to talk about negatives, because romcoms are all about positivity and good vibes. So, with that said, why not jump directly into the list. Here are the top romantic comedies of 2018. Which is your favorite?
12. Half Magic
If you remember the brilliant PTA’s exhilarating ‘Boogie Nights’, Skater Girl might ring a bell. The gorgeous Heather Graham, who was all-comprehensive with her handy character, once again holds the forte in her directorial debut. ‘Half Magic’ follows a group of women as they attempt to navigate work, friendship, and sex while also trying to find empowerment in a male-dominated society. As its plot suggests, ‘Half Magic’ is heavily fueled by female-centric undertones, which form its core thematic set up. From there flow unnecessary jokes about how women are “better” than men, a laborious cast that tries to put up a battle against their regressive characters, and some unusually emotional moments that strike a chord. ‘The Office’ fans will love to catch Angela Kinsey’s spirited performance, who’s probably the best performer among the cast. Overall, ‘Half Magic’s half-baked premise relies too excessively on modernist feminism themes and defies the brave acts of its thespians. And Heather Graham is still so gorgeous.
11. Book Club
‘Book Club’ feels like a good-old reunion of megastars that defined an era in Hollywood. Diane Keaton bands her posse of femme fatales, a group of rich white old women that monthly unites in their book club. One fateful day, the group comes across Fifty Shades of Grey, which completely rocks their lives and rekindles an irresistible maelstrom of yesteryear passion to send the people around them swinging. While the women certainly don’t stop there, we as well might. Making your directorial debut with an unusual film like this is a bold choice for Bill Holderman. Where does his career go from here remains to be seen. But his entertaining cast ensures his first film is a grand success. Having grossed more than nine times its paltry budget, ‘Book Club’ is well on its way to becoming one of the most successful movies of the year. Despite the commercial accolades, the film’s pedestrian material fails to inspire and is saved by its wonderful group of actresses.