Offbeat And Off The Rom-com Mainstream

This year we're exploring the underrated.


Is your idea of a perfect date night filled with predictable rom-com cliches and cheesy lines? Perhaps you want to see meet-cutes unfold with a bowl of nachos in your arms. If this sounds like you, then we have something for you.

If you haven’t watched them already, these seven movies should literally be playing on your screen right now. They’re witty, they’re humorous, and they’re perfect with a blanket and snacks.

1. Warm Bodies (2013):

A zombie with a heart (literally!) falls for a human girl in this post-apocalyptic twist on Romeo and Juliet. Expect unconventional romance, dry humor, and surprisingly profound reflections on humanity and connection.



2. Amelie (2001):

A quirky Parisian waitress with a penchant for matchmaking sets out to subtly improve the lives of those around her, leading to unexpected consequences and heartwarming discoveries. This whimsical French film is a visual delight, brimming with charm and gentle humor.



3. The Princess Bride (1987):

A timeless classic with a cult following, this film transcends the "fairytale" label with its witty script, memorable characters, and a blend of romance, adventure, and comedy that appeals to all ages. Prepare for sword fights, giants, rodents of unusual size, and a love story that will leave you quoting lines for years to come.



4. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999): 

A hilarious satire on teenage stereotypes and expectations, this film follows Megan, a seemingly perfect high school cheerleader who's sent to a conversion camp for suspected lesbians. Expect witty dialogue, social commentary, and a surprisingly heartwarming exploration of self-discovery and acceptance.



5. Lars and the Real Girl (2007):

A shy introvert named Lars finds solace in a life-size doll named Bianca, sparking unexpected connections and challenging societal norms. This poignant and heartwarming film explores loneliness, the power of imagination, and finding love in unexpected places.



6. My Own Private Idaho (1991):

River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves deliver captivating performances in this neo-noir road movie about two hustlers searching for self-discovery and connection. Enjoy some unconventional romance, exploration of sexuality and identity, and moments of humor amidst the melancholic tone.



7. The Handmaiden (2016):

A South Korean erotic thriller with a twist, this film follows a pickpocket tasked with seducing a wealthy heiress, only to find their plans unraveling in unexpected ways. Expect suspense, stunning visuals, and a complex web of love, betrayal, and power struggles that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


Next time you’re craving some good old rom-com, consider venturing beyond the mainstream. Who knows, you might even find your new favorite movie!