Despite what cynics say, there is still a place in the world for
romantic films. Even beyond Valentine’s Day. Many of the
most popular and enduring stories after all are about romantic love,
and love stories make great movies.
Law and Portman in Closer;
(right) Crowe and Zellwegger in
So get ready for more matters of the heart on
the big screen with the following titles, coming soon!
Opened on February 2 as pre-Valentine
presentations were A Very Long Engagement starring Amelie’s Audrey
Tatou, a young woman who relentlessly searches for her missing fiancé
after the First World War; and Shall We Dance?, with Richard Gere,
as a lawyer whose life takes an unexpected twirl when he follows a
beautiful woman (Jennifer Lopez) to a dance studio and begins taking
dance lessons under her. Both films affirm the power of love over
In March, Will Smith marks his first foray in
the romantic comedy genre with Hitch, where he stars as Alex
Hitchens, a legendary and deliberately anonymous—“date doctor”
who, for a fee, has helped countless men woo the women of their
dreams. But the ultimate professional bachelor suddenly finds
himself falling deliriously in love with Sara, (Eva Mendes), a
reporter whose biggest scoop could very well be the unmasking of the
famous date doctor.
April brings two romantic films from two
acclaimed directors. Mike Nichols helms the critically applauded
Closer a bitingly funny and honest look at modern relationships.
Starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen,
the film is an edgy, provocative love story about the lies we tell
ourselves and those we are most intimate with.
Meanwhile, Rob Reiner directs Rumor Has It, a
comedy about a woman who believes her family inspired the characters
in The Graduate (the Mike Nichols classic itself!). The woman
(played by Jennifer Aniston) returns home, determined to unravel a
family secret before she gets married. She learns that her
grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) was the inspiration for Mrs.
Robinson. Then she finds herself embroiled in an affair with an
older man (Kevin Costner) as history seems to repeat itself.
In May, Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet star in A
Lot Like Love, a romantic comedy about destiny, connection and the
frequently fuzzy line between chance friendships and happily ever
after. The film traces the relationship of Oliver (Kutcher) and
Emily (Peet) who meet on a flight from Los Angeles to New York seven
years ago—each of them declaring that they couldn’t be more
wrong for each other. Life keeps bringing them back together over
the next seven years, but the timing never seems right. As they
struggle with their different partners, careers and breakups, they
turn from casual acquaintances into trusted friends.
June brings Russell Crowe and Renée Zellweger
together for the first time in Cinderella Man from director Ron
Howard. Crowe stars in the story inspired by the life of legendary
athlete Jim Braddock, a once-promising light heavyweight boxer
forced into retirement after a string of losses in the ring. As
America enters the darkest years of the Great Depression, Braddock
accepts a string of dead-end jobs to support his wife, Mae (Zellweger)
and their children, while never totally abandoning his dream of
The romantic comedy Must Love Dogs and romantic
adventure The Legend of Zorro keep the love alive in September.
Starring Diane Lane and John Cusack, Must Love Dogs tells the story
of a divorced preschool teacher (Lane) who has sworn off dating
after her last bad breakup. But her family pushes her into trying
the personals to get a date. One guy’s ad intrigues her, but he
specifies that anyone he goes out with “must love dogs.” So she
borrows her brother’s St. Bernard and plunges in.
Finally, Antonio Banderas and Catherine
Zeta-Jones reunite in The Legend of Zorro, the highly-awaited sequel
to the blockbuster hit The Mask of Zorro. The year is 1850 and our
swashbuckling crusader is challenged by the most dangerous mission
of his life. After fighting to help California become the 31st state
of the Union, Zorro (Banderas) must live up to the promise he made
his wife Elena (Zeta-Jones)—to give up his secret identity and
live a normal life. When he hesitates, it threatens to tear them
No matter how they follow the boy gets girl-boy
loses girl-boy gets girl back plotline, romantic films are here to
stay, and cinematically capture the trials arguments,
misunderstandings, frustrations and general blunders we all
encounter in the game of love.