Romancing the Streaming Service

Posted on June 23, 2020

by Tim H

Looking for a good dose of onscreen chemistry to set your weekend, right? Check out these romantic comedies for free on Hoopla!

Romantic comedies run the gamut from the ultra-cheesy to the kind worth paying the box office price. Most seem to hit somewhere in between.

Watching the protagonist fail miserably at love only to succeed with the most obvious supporting character can be good therapy. The best rom coms will have you rooting for the singleton without also finding yourself getting a little too reflective about your own romantic situation.

Bridget Jones’s Diary, 2001

How long has it been since you’ve revisited this 90s hit? Bridget is as adorable as ever and watching the trials of her love life is just as voyeuristic as ever. We get to hate and love the charming Daniel in equal measure and, not to spoil anything, warm considerably to Mark Darcy.

13 Going on 30, 2004

Cuddly Mark Ruffalo and extremely perky Jennifer Garner star in this cute age-out-of-water flick. This is the kind of movie that absolutely makes your evening when bored on a Friday night. Picture it, your Zoom plans have been canceled and you can’t find anything to watch, when you come across 13 Going on 30 and your night is made. It is an ice cream pint and popcorn film and you will enjoy every minute.

Beautiful Girls, 1996

Sleeper hit from the 90s in the ensemble cast genre reminiscent of Diner. A group of late-20s men come to terms with the various relationships in their lives. It features excellent dialogue, a teen Natalie Portman showing off her acting chops (post-The Professional and pre-Padme) and, of course, lots of beautiful girls (I can’t explain how badly I wanted Uma Thurman’s hair after seeing this for the first time).

Playing by Heart, 1998

Intertwining stories, a cast of multiple generations, plus, Jon Stewart! Remember when he was an actor? Playing by Heart is a sweet story with an uplifting ending that touches on topics that affect us all.

Muriel’s Wedding, 1994

Toni Collette stars as socially awkward Muriel Heslop, who fixates on a seemingly out-of-reach, personal life goal: getting married. Shunned by more popular peers within her social circle, Muriel befriends a kindred spirit in outcast Rhonda Epinstalk, played by Rachel Griffiths, and their newfound partnership launches them into experiences beyond what their small-town, sheltered Australian life could provide. Plot twists ensue, ranging from quirky and hilarious to melancholy and somber, that force Muriel to reconsider what she most values in life.

Chocolat, 2001

Based on the 1999 novel Chocolat by English author, Joanne Harris, Chocolat follows the story of single mother Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) and her young daughter as they move into a rural French village circa 1960. Soon after arriving, they open a small store and begin offering their candies to customers, befriending locals, and influencing the lives and culture of their new home. Set against the backdrop of Lent, and featuring a star-studded cast (Judi Dench, Carrie-Anne Moss, Leslie Caron, and Johnny Depp), this lighthearted story explores the dynamic between rigid traditions and open-mindedness through a decidedly whimsical lens.

That’s enough chatting for now. I need to stop what I’m doing, and binge watch these gems. What did I do with my Doritos?

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