Random Movie Recommendations: Rom-Coms

So, I don’t know who all remembers this feature, but it pops up pretty rarely since I am more of a TV rather than movie person. Anyway, it’s fairly simple, I pick a theme and then recommend two or more movies that I recently watched and thought the world should know about. There is no in depth analysis, but really just a short and sweet paragraph or so to let you know why people should watch it.

Here we go! This time I really want to showcase some great Rom-Coms (short for Romantic Comedies). Despite a lot of critics complaining about them, I KNOW that people have been craving a comeback of that genre. There is nothing wrong with some formulaic love story every now and then, because that in no way means it cannot be entertaining and memorable. These are my picks:

Set It Up

I have been screaming about this movie for what feels like weeks now. First of all, the casting is more than stellar, I adore every single person on this movie and would have watched it if it had been a potato sack commercial. Luckily, it was not and instead I got one of the best romantic comedies in recent years. I know, I know, that is high praise, but here’s some reasons why it works so well.

While it does play into certain stereotypes, it simultaneously fights against them. Women aren’t given an expiration date or are made to choose between love and a career. There are no double standards for gender roles and friendships are shown how they are supposed to be – supportive with that kick in the butt when necessary. People struggle with what they want in life and make mistakes and there are consequences, all the while this movie is highly entertaining with both hilarious and relatable dialogue and quotes that I’ll probably reference to friends for years to come.

And on a side note, if you are a writer, this movie gives some really good advice. Never thought I’d take advice from a Netflix flick either, but here we are!


Okay, fine! I only watched this because Richard Madden was in it and I haven’t really seen him in a movie or show since Game of Thrones. Not going to lie, I don’t hold Ibiza in the same high regard as Set It Up, but it was still a lot more fun than I thought it would be.

Granted, this isn’t exactly my kind of humour, so that’s probably part of why I wasn’t head over heels into it, but if you are looking for some women who aren’t afraid to have a fun time and an adorkable love interest – Ibiza delivers. Gillian Jacobs and Richard Madden were just the right amount of awkward and cute, their scenes were the best part for me. It gives you that total vibe of a summer romance that could be more if you are brave enough to try.

When We First Met

Before starting this movie, I messaged my friend how I thought the movie would end I was 100% right. As I mentioned in the opening of this post, I don’t think there is anything wrong with movies, especially in this genre, being a little predictable and it didn’t bother me here either. It doesn’t change the fact that When We First Met is a feel-good movie and exactly the right thing if you just want to be entertained.

Overall, it’s a little like Groundhog Day with a twist, a movie with ideas that may have been executed before and in better ways also, but that’s still enjoyable. It stays down to earth and has a cast you will surely recognise from other shows and movies. I always like when you have those worlds-collide-moments.

Have you watched either one of those movies? Would you be interested in getting some rom-com type movie recommendations with teen characters as well? Let me know in the comments below!

44 thoughts on “Random Movie Recommendations: Rom-Coms

  1. I’m so happy you loved Set it Up!! I can’t wait to watch it, hopefully sometime this week.

    And regarding When We First Met – I always feel like romantic comedies are fairly predictable. πŸ™ˆ I really like Robbie Amell (and him & Italia Ricci irl 😍) so I might give this movie a try, even if I’m not the biggest fan of Alexandra (?) Daddario.

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    • Set It Up is by far one of my favourite movies of this year. I just adore it so much, I downright watched it again yesterday hahaha and my tweets about it still keep blowing up. One has more than 400 likes and I cannot even anymore.
      Ah, I get you. But not to worry! I find Shelley Henning is the one you really root for instead of Alexandra (and yep, that’s her name πŸ˜‰ )


  2. Oh I feel like I haven’t watched a rom-com in ages! There don’t seem to be many decent ones out there anymore but I did see the trailer for Set It Up and I thought it looked pretty good so that may be one I check out one day. Like you said it has a brilliant cast, and the fact that it offers good writing advice now means I need to watch this. πŸ™‚
    My to-watch list is almost as long as my to-read list so it will likely take me a while to get around to it! πŸ˜€

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  3. Well, I have watched two out of three movies here and it’s because you told me to AND I REGRET NOTHING, so that proves that you have the best recommendations haha. Now that it’s settled…. well, I LOVED Set It Up so, so much – but you already know that, and damn, that moment when the best friend talks about the first draft and how she JUST HAS TO WRITE and that was so very relatable and A+ advice haha. When We First Met was such an adorable movie, I want to re-watch it just thinking about it.
    So… guess I have one movie left to watch, now…? πŸ˜›
    Love this post! ❀

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  4. Me and my partner started watching Set it Up because the trailer for it looked so funny but half an hour in all I could keep thinking about was how the young actress was too much like Ellen Page :’)

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  5. Ooh such great recommendations, Kat! I haven’t heard of these… but I definitely will add them to my list to watch in the future since you recommended them. I actually love romantic comedies so much. (Actually they’re pretty much the only think I watch when I’m not watching my Asian dramas and the occasional anime.) And these look so hilarious. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Summer! I am glad you like the look of them and will enjoy them when you get around to watching them. I personally think that Set It Up is my favourite movie of the year.


  6. Hello Kat!
    Thank you for these movie recommendations! I watch an embarrassingly small amount of movies (I think I can count on one hand the number of movies I’ve seen this year – I know!) however I love rom-coms and it’s good to know which ones out there are good! I am curious about Set It Up so I’ll keep it in mind when I’m looking for a movie to watch πŸ™‚

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  7. I loved When We First Met and you’re absolutely right it is a total feel-good movie! It was also really funny to me in a very basic way, but I really enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Set It Up is on my to watch list, so I’m happy to hear that it’s good!

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  8. I’ve been meaning to watch Set It Up, but I’m very much a mood watcher and haven’t really been in the mood to watch it yet (or any movie tbh – I always take forever to watch movies lol) You really made me want to watch it now though! It sounds really good πŸ˜€

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    • My twitter account almost turned into a Set It Up fan account. I adore that movie way too much and please, please talk to me once you’ve watched it haha I would love to hear how you like it. (although I get the needing to be in the right mood)

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