If you’ve ever laid in bed sobbing from movie-induced heartbreak or walked around with a goofy smile plastered over your face because of a film you watched, then you’ll know that romantic films have a special way of evoking a puddle of feelings. Love them or hate them, you have to admit that rom-coms make you root for the characters involved and leave you feeling like you’re going on a first date with yourself. On that note, if you’re ready to embrace the love this Valentine’s Day, here are our top picks to catch on Netflix Hong Kong that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the second-most rewatched Netflix Film of 2018 and arguably one of the cutest ones to come out of 2018’s rom-com renaissance. The highly rated love story follows the adventures of high school student Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) after her love letters somehow get mailed to all the boys she’s ever crushed on. In order to save her pride and social life, she seeks the help of the dreamy Peter Kavinsky to pretend to be her boyfriend, and as you would expect, the pair slowly fall for each other. Their bubbly, flirtatious exchanges will have you falling in love right alongside them and texting heart eye emojis for weeks to come.
This film made great leaps in representation by having Korean American character Lara Jean Covey take centre stage without having to talk about Asian American identity struggles, which is refreshing to see. Meanwhile, the young Mark Ruffalo lookalike, Noah Centineo, went on to steal hearts everywhere thanks to his stellar performance and oh-so-cute catchphrase, “whoa, whoa, whoa”, earning him the title, “the internet’s boyfriend”.
2. The Last Song
No romantic movie list would be complete without a Nicholas Sparks movie (or two in our case). If you’ve watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before too many times to count, but still feel like gushing over young love, then The Last Song is the film for you. This coming of age romantic drama follows troubled teenager Ronnie (Miley Cyrus), who is sent to a Southern beach town for the summer to reconnect with her estranged Dad. Ronnie bonds with her former concert pianist father through their mutual love of music, and falls in love with the town’s most popular boy, Will (Liam Hemsworth). Miley and Liam’s on-screen chemistry is off the charts, and knowing the recently married lovebirds met and fell in love with each other through this film should be enough to revive any cold, broken heart this Valentine’s Day.
3. Something in The Rain
While the classic rom-com trope “girl falls for best friend’s older brother” has been played out many times, it’s not often you see a show where a woman falls for her best friend’s younger brother. In Something In The Rain, Yoon Jin-ah (played by Son Ye-jin) is a driven career woman in her mid-30s who recently got dumped by her boyfriend. She reconnects with her best friend’s younger brother, Seo Joon-hee (played by Jung Hae-in), when he returns home after working abroad for three years. The direct translation of the show’s Korean name is “Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food” (that’s pretty much what the whole drama is about), so expect there to be lots of eating and soju-drinking involved. Jung Hae-in and Son Ye-jin’s on-screen chemistry is enthralling as the romance between the characters gets delivered in a slow burn over the first few episodes. Romance aside, the social relevance presented in the show is another major reason for you to go ahead and add this series to your Netflix queue.
4. The Notebook
Grab your tissues and a pint of Dreyer’s ice cream, and get ready to cry your heart out to one of the sappiest, most heart-wrenching love stories of all time. Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook follows Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams), a boy and a girl from opposite walks of life who fall for each other in their youth. Separated by over-protective parents, the war, and other lovers, the couple find their way back to each other against all odds. We promise your heart will swoon at Noah’s answer when Allie asks him why didn’t he write her. The iconic kiss in the rain scene that followed was so romantic, it even won an award.
5. Coming Soon… Isn’t It Romantic
Isn’t It Romantic is for all you diehard rom-com connoisseurs, as well as those who scoff at the genre. Starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, just the cast alone already has us smiling. This hilarious rom-com-cum-musical tells the story of a New York architect, Natalie (Rebel Wilson), who’s stuck in a crappy job, and cynical of love and happily ever afters. But after an encounter with a mugger leaves her unconscious, she wakes to discover that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare – a romantic comedy – and she’s the leading lady.
While the movie does call out all the cliché rom-com tropes, thanks to Rebel Wilson’s charming performance, you can’t help but root for Natalie’s happily ever after – with either the new hottie (Liam Hemsworth) or formerly overlooked colleague (Adam Devine). From the laugh out loud line one-liners to a dance scene in Central Park, everything about Isn’t It Romantic promises to leave you in a ‘walking on cloud nine’ kind of mood. Released on February 28.