Romantic-Comedy-Themed Workouts

The New Yorker

You do this to show that you're too clumsy to have your life together, but it's also cardio-intensive. You asked, and she said no. But you're not deterred--get down on that other knee! Repeat until your legs are buff enough to attract the person you should actually end up with. Let your hair down and take your glasses off to reveal that you've actually been stunning all along--and just in time for your grand-stairwell prom entrance!

Critic's Choice: Time to catch up to the charming romantic comedy 'Juliet, Naked'

Los Angeles Times

A charming movie of an engaging, adult nature about very different people trying to press reset in their lives, "Juliet, Naked" has a superb ear for dialogue and a gift for playful situations that make you laugh while clandestinely engaging your deeper feelings. It's expanding nationwide this weekend and should not be missed.

"The Lovers" and the Limitations of the Modern Rom-Com

The New Yorker

The writer-director Azazel Jacobs is excellent at filming sidelong to his subject and only medium good at filming his actual subject. In his film "Terri," from 2011, he caught reverberations of high-school life in images of a delicate, tremulous restraint. In his new film, "The Lovers," he films a romantic comedy (albeit one with few laughs) with such a plain and direct fullness that the movie exhausts itself in its conception and sits inert on the screen like an undigested mass of script pages. Whatever life it has is provided by the exertions of its stars, Debra Winger and Tracy Letts. But, lacking anything in the script to infuse with life, they mainly just show up and follow the steps.

Netflix Is Bringing Romantic Comedies Back. Now It Needs to Make Them Better.


In a normal year, a Hollywood studio releases between 12 and 15 major movies; the year's not even half over, and Netflix has already blown past those numbers--and will probably quadruple them by year's end, essentially releasing at least one movie a week to its millions of subscribers. On numbers alone, it follows that Netflix would be able to touch on more genres than its blockbuster-focused competitors, but it feels as if the streaming service has embraced the romantic comedy with particular gusto. They've already put out five rom-coms in 2018, more than most studios have managed in the past five years. Two in particular stand out: teen romance The Kissing Booth, which Netflix's Ted Sarandos called "one of the most-watched movies in the country, and maybe in the world" (as per usual, the company provided no data to back up its claim), and the throwback Set It Up, greeted with warm reviews and audience reactions when it hit Netflix last weekend. The pleasures of watching attractive and/or complicated people fall in love are universal, but with studios mostly consigning romance to weepy melodramas or siphoning it into wan subplots in dystopian science fiction, younger viewers have been, if not denied those pleasures outright, at least forced to seek them elsewhere.