(500) Days of Summer (2009)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel are the quirksome couple in this offbeat romcom, which riffed nicely on the latter’s status as a certain kind of guy’s “manic pixie dream girl” by having her play one. And it goes against the romcom grain by ending on a downer and reminding us that life isn’t a movie (ironic we know) and sometimes your dream girl doesn’t find herself irrevocably changed by your unique charms after 90 minutes. Happy Valentine's Day!
Chasing Amy (1997)
Finding out the woman you love doesn't love you is heartbreaking, but at least it's not as embarrassing as finding out she is in fact a lesbian – a fate that befalls Ben Affleck's comic book writer Holden in Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy. Following two films about 20something slackers, Smith steps up to the plate to deliver a more mature take on relationships – the highlight of which is his lengthy monologue as Silent Bob, in which the title of the film is explained.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Edgar Wright's zom-rom-com may have more gore than your average relationship drama, but there's a rather endearing romance at its heart, as Simon Pegg's feckless Shaun mans up and sorts out his relationship with Liz (Kate Ashfield). After all, there's nothing like an apocalyptic outbreak to bring a couple together, right?
Corpse Bride (2005)
Tim Burton's films are usually strange and dark in equal measure. Corpse Bride is no different, but this odd romantic story does at least come with a happy ending. Victor, who is about to marry Victoria, ends up marrying the enchanted corpse bride by accident. Upon realising he actually loves Victoria, Victor has to fight his way back from the land of the dead to find true happiness.
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