The Best Romantic Comedies of 2022

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This is going to be a great year for meet-cutes, grand romantic gestures, and running through the airport… I can feel it! The romantic comedy is back in a major way—and I’m talking comedy too. This isn’t just about sexual tension and falling in love… I want quirk, silly obstacles with low stakes, and awkward situations! No disrespect to the yuletide efforts of Hallmark and Lifetime, but there are actual big-screen rom-coms coming in 2022 with your favorite stars and hilarious plots that tumble towards a big swoon-y happy ending.

When it comes to romantic comedies, I don’t want to hear a single thing about multiverses or murder mysteries. They have their time. This is valen-time.

Book of Love

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Release date: February 4

An uptight British author falls in love with the translator who turned his book into a steamy romance novel. Sign me TF up!

I Want You Back

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Release date: February 11

Comedians Jenny Slate and Charlie Day are starting the year off right and romantic with this cute-looking ensemble flick. Their characters strike up a friendship when they meet mid-sob over their respective break-ups and decide to help each other out. Are they gonna end up together? Can’t wait to find out!

Marry Me

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Release date: February 11

I may or may not have convinced myself that this Jennifer Lopez/Owen Wilson romantic comedy is going to save the world. The fake relationship trope is *chef’s kiss* and I can already tell their chemistry is off the charts. (As they’re both professional rom-commers, it better be!) If you haven’t caught the trailers, it’s about a pop star who marries a man in the audience at her concert after catching her famous fiancé cheating on her.

Tall Girl 2

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Release date: February 11

This is a follow-up to the 2019 film, because if there’s one thing Netflix loves it’s a romantic comedy sequel.

Shotgun Wedding

Release date: June 29

Lopez is in two rom-coms this year, actually. Shotgun Wedding is about a destination wedding that goes wrong when the wedding party is kidnapped. So… a rom-com AND some hijinks? Yes, please.

Moonshot

Release date: March 22

Not to be confused with Moonfall, this upcoming HBO Max rom-com is set in space! It stars Riverdale’s own Cole Sprouse and Netflix rom-com princess Lana Condor, too, so it’s sure to give you all the feels.

BROS

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Release date: Sept. 30

Billy Eichner’s highly anticipated film, which he wrote and stars in, is breaking a lot of records. It’s the first gay rom-com from a major studio and the first film from a major studio to feature an entirely LGBTQ cast in heterosexual roles. That second statistic may seem random, but we see the reverse (straight actors playing queer characters) so often that this is very cool! You should also get excited for the rom-com itself, not just its ~*importance*~, because Eichner is hilarious and BROS is directed by Nicholas Stoller, who made Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Five-Year Engagement.

The Lost City

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Release date: March 25

This movie is formerly known as The Lost City Of D (get it)… change it back, cowards! It marks the return of Sandra Bullock to the genre, alongside Channing Tatum, and it’s about a romance novelist who ends up on an island with an eccentric billionaire who wants her to find the treasure she wrote about in her most recent *fictional* novel. Brad Pitt is also in this, FYI.

Ticket To Paradise

Release date: October 21

Oh, was the return of Lopez and Bullock not enough for you? What about Julia Roberts and George Clooney? That’s right, they cooked up a lil’ rom-com for us too, and I’m psyched. It’s kind of a reverse Parent Trap meets Blockers. It’s about two divorced parents who try to stop their daughter from getting impulsively married like they did. Do we think the parents are going to end up back together? I can’t wait to see…

Fire Island

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Release date: TBD

Joel Kim Booster wrote and stars in this upcoming Hulu rom-com about a group of gay friends on vacation together, inspired by Pride and Prejudice. The film also stars Bowen Yang from Saturday Night Live, his frequent collaborator Matt Rogers, Conrad Ricamora from How To Get Away With Murder, and Margaret Cho so… I’m excited.

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