Lessons learned through a life of romantic comedies.

Romantic comedies, also known as chick flicks, have been around since the beginnings of Hollywood. For some reason, people who enjoy this genre are associated with girls of low intelligence who buy into stupidly cheesy, insanely over the top, stories of romance where every ending is a happy one. Mindy Kaling stated it best when she said “romantic comedies [are] a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world operates according to different rules than my regular human world. For me, there is no difference between Ripley from “Alien” and any Katherine Heigl character. They are equally implausible. They’re all participating in a similar level of fakey razzle-dazzle, and I enjoy every second of it.” So do I Mindy, so do I. I would even go as far as to say that they have taught me countless amounts of lessons on love. Here are the top 20 lessons I have learned from various rom-coms.

  1. When Harry Met Sally: If it is meant to be, it’ll be. Oh and men and women can’t really just be friends.imageimage
  2. P.S. I Love You: When the right one comes along, life as you know it, ends.imageimage
  3. The Proposal: Age is but a number.imageimage
  4. High School Musical (1, 2, and 3): Stereotypes can be broken and there is a chance you could meet a great guy in high school.imageimage

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  5. Definitely Maybe: You learn something from every relationship and years later, you can still have your happy ending.imageimage

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  6. The Notebook: Love conquers all. Passion is good, Test each other. And don’t be afraid to fight. Oh and things like dancing in the street or kissing in the rain are incredibly amazing.imageimageimage

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  7. Dear John: It doesn’t take long to fall in love.image
  8. Legally Blonde: Just because you have the voice of a valley girl does NOT mean you are unintelligent.  P.S. Note that this movie should NOT encourage a girl’s behavior of following a guy to college. That action is just not wise. imageimageimage
  9. Breakfast at Tiffany’s: It’s ok to be alone but it is also ok to let your guard down.imageimage
  10. LOL: High school basically sucks, some guys are actually ok during this time though so chances are you might experience your ‘first love’, and your mom should be your best friend.imageimage

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  11. My Best Friend’s Wedding: Don’t let the moment pass you by.image
  12. Clueless: It’s ok to be a virgin. Actually, you should own this fact because apparently it’s a rarity these days.image
  13. A Cinderella Story: Don’t ever pass up an opportunity to confront a guy, never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game, oh and kiss in the rain. imageimageimage
  14. Sense and Sensibility: Always always always pick the nice guy and know that the good person always prevails in the end.image
  15. Love Actually: There are many definitions, expressions, and examples of love.image
  16. That Awkward Moment: Zac Efron is H-O-T HOT and that men make a girl’s best wingman.imageimage
  17. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days: How not to act in a relationship.imageimage
  18. 13 Going on 30: Live in the now.image
  19. 17 Again: Appreciate what you have, now. And the only type of 17 year old boy that will actually understand what sex means to a girl is the type of guy who is actually 34 years old but is stuck in the body of his 17 year old self.imageimage
  20. 500 Days of Summer: In my opinion, one of the greatest lessons to learn is that not every love story is THE love story of your life. Learn from them, remember the good, remember the bad, and remember to move on and be happy.imageimage

*originally published on April 18, 2014*

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