Earlier this week, New York magazine’s Bilge Ebiri and David Edelstein ranked the top 25 romantic comedies that have come out since 1989’s When Harry Met Sally…, which, one could argue, set the standard for contemporary romantic comedies. The list was… interesting. For example, is 50 First Dates really such a terrific movie? And who would call depressing movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Her, which take the first and third spots, respectively, romantic comedies? Since every list of this sort inspires arguments and nitpicks, I thought I’d go ahead and take the bait. Here are 20 great films that were sadly overlooked.
Adventureland (dir. Greg Mottola)
Greg Mottola’s comedy is a romance in disguise, buried under layers of nostalgia, weed, and Paul Westerberg. It even gave Kristen Stewart a chance to show off some actual acting abilities!