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  • Writer's pictureCharlotte Wells

Cozy Up with Top Rom-Com Movie Picks: Cate Community Favorites and More (Sanai Edwards '25)

As the season of love is coming to an end, the romantic feel of Winfo asks and Valentine’s Day gifts still linger in the Mesa halls. But even if you aren’t one to outwardly express your affection for a girl next door or feed into delusions of hopeless romanticism, there are many classic rom-com movies that can accompany you in solitude. 

One movie recommendation from Dr. Kellogg is ​​To Have and Have Not, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The film, he says, “was written by Faulkner based on Hemingway's worst book. It sizzles. Bogie and Bacall got married shortly after filming. Way better than Casablanca, IMHO.”

Many members of the Cate community recommended the new hit film, Anyone But You, starring Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell. The movie shows the evolution of an enemies-to-lovers relationship as an initially unexpected one-night stand turns into true romance after the two main characters are forced to “pretend” they are in love to save their friend’s wedding. Reviews say that this is the best rom-com since 10 Things I Hate About You. Although an almost perfect blend of humor, corny jokes, and romantic fallacies, Anyone But You doesn’t quite live up to the romantic comedy standard that was set by Heath Ledger when he sang “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” to Julia Stiles. 

Henry Koepp ‘25 poses an important question, is 2003’s Love, Actually a Christmas movie or a romance film? This discussion could lead to debates similar to those about Die Hard’s genre classification, but I guess you’ll have to watch Love, Actually to find out.

There were many other suggestions of good rom-coms to watch alone including:

  • When Harry Met Sally, 1989

  • How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days, 2003

  • She’s the Man, 2006

  • Love, Rosie, 2014

  • Love, Simon, 2018

  • The Parent Trap, 1998

  • Crazy Rich Asians, 2018

  • Moonrise Kingdom, 2012

  • 13 Going On 30, 2004

  • The Holiday, 2006

  • Valentine’s Day, 2010

  • The Titanic, 1997

And my mom’s all-time favorite, Love and Basketball. If you want to enjoy a romantic night in or with a loved one, consider watching one of these movies to pass the time and reinforce your illusions of love. 


Sanai E. 



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