2000s Rom-coms that celebrate love

ALEXIA MUNOZ, Contributor @TheEtCetera

The 2000s were an iconic time for rom-coms, which feature passionate love stories and humorous characters. These movies provide a sense of nostalgia and light-heartedness that many crave.

Since February is the month to celebrate love and romance, there is no better way to get in the mood than by watching movies that do the same. Here are some of my favorite rom-coms that are great to watch alone, with friends or someone special.

one He’s Just Not That Into You

Released in: 2009

Memorable quote: “So trust me when I say if a guy is treating you like he doesn’t give a s–t, he genuinely doesn’t give a s–t. No exceptions.” — Alex

Where to watch: Hulu and Amazon Prime Video ($3.99)

“He’s Just Not That Into You” is a movie in which we follow several people’s love lives that intertwine in more ways than one.

The movie features Jennifer Aniston, Scarlet Johansson, Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck, who make up an incredible cast. Together they produce a hilarious and relatable film that shows ordinary people struggling to find love and maintain relationships.

“He’s Just Not That Into You” highlights the different problems people face in relationships and instills the idea that nothing good comes easy. It also stresses the importance of finding peace and love within yourself.

two She’s the Man

Released in: 2006

Memorable quote: “This isn’t how I wanted it to happen, and I didn’t want to hurt you, but I just wanted to prove that I was good enough.”  —  Viola Hastings

Where to watch: YouTube ($2.99) and Amazon Prime Video ($2.99)

In “She’s the Man” we are introduced to soccer-loving Viola Hastings, played by Amanda Bynes. After the girl’s soccer team gets cut, she disguises herself as her twin brother and takes his place on the boy’s soccer team. But trouble arises when she falls for her brother’s roommate Duke, played by Channing Tatum, who is already in love with someone else.

Besides providing us with a complicated yet intriguing love triangle, this 2006 rom-com addresses gender inequality and helps us understand discrimination is harmful. Viola is determined to prove that a woman can do anything a man can do.

three What Happens in Vegas

Released in: 2008

Memorable quote: “It might come as a surprise to many of you that we didn’t know each other for very long before we got hitched. What can I say? When you know, you know.” – Jack Fuller

Where to watch: Hulu and HBO Max

“What Happens in Vegas” tells the story of two strangers, Joy McNally and Jack Fuller, who meet in Las Vegas and get married after a drunken, crazy night. They agree to divorce, but when Jack wins $3 million, things get complicated.

If they want to keep the money, they must learn to live together and learn the joys of marriage.

This movie takes the cake for the funniest plot and wittiest characters. Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher do a great job convincing us that their connection is real while providing us with great comedic relief.

four The Proposal

Released in: 2009

Memorable quote: “Now, you could imagine my disappointment when it suddenly dawned on me that the woman I love is about to be kicked out of the country.” — Andrew Paxton

Where to watch: Hulu and Amazon Prime Video ($3.99)

The movie follows an editor-in-chief for a New York publishing company, Margaret Tate, who faces deportation. In fear of having to leave the country and abandon her position, she blackmails her assistant, Andrew Paxton, into marrying her. Tension grows when they must convince her deportation officer, Paxton’s family and themselves that they are in love.

“The Proposal,” starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, was awarded the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedic Movie a year after its release. It is a good match for those who want a good laugh and appreciate the fake relationship trope.

five How to Lose a guy in 10 days

Released in: 2006

Memorable quote: “You can’t lose something you never had.” — Andie Anderson

Where to watch: Netflix and Paramount Plus

The plot centers around Andie Anderson, an advice columnist who is asked to write an article about what not to do in a new relationship.

She thinks any man would run from needy and overly emotional behavior until she meets Ben Barry, who has taken on a bet to make her fall in love with him in 10 days.

“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” features Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, who teach us that time doesn’t measure love.

This is the perfect movie for those looking to embrace the idea that you’ll find love where you least expect it.