A Definitive Ranking of Netflix’s Best Worst Rom-Coms

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Recently, Netflix has released several “rom-coms” that have the teenagers of the internet swooning, including The Kissing Booth, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Sierra Burgess is a Loser. As a lifetime rom-com addict, I adore the classic movies, those that are a perfect combination of quirk, romance, and cliché. But, these new additions are perhaps 98% cringe-worthy content and about 2% authentic entertainment value. Films like Clueless, You’ve Got Mail, and Pretty Woman have defined the genre, and I for one will not stand for these cheap replacements to foreshadow the future of the rom-com. Someone needs to say it, so I will: Netflix is killing the romantic comedy.

I will admit, there is something about Noah Centineo’s smirk that can entertain you for an hour and a half (I mean, I am human after all), but a great romantic comedy need also be a great film, and these Netflix originals are far from that. And, because I know that you too will probably give into the rave reviews of every teenage girl on Twitter and watch a Netflix rom-com, I’ve decided to rank which ones are the most worthy of your time (although your time would undoubtedly be spent better doing nearly anything else).

 

 

Sierra Burgess is a Loser

 I’d like to start this by pointing out that there are a few things that this movie does exceptionally well. First off, Shannon Purser’s performance as Sierra, an intelligent teenager who is not traditionally “pretty,” is captivating and authentic, and her acting is strong enough to carry the film’s uneven story. Sierra Burgess is a Loser is the tale of Sierra, who, in order to gain the favor of an attractive boy (the ever-dreamy Noah Centineo), pretends to be her bully-turned-friend, Veronica. This movie gets a lot of things wrong, anywhere from friendship to forgiveness to consent, but at its best, it is a refreshing story of good intentions, and it does portray the important (yet somewhat cheesy) theme that “love is blind.” It’s always heartwarming to hear of the heavy or unattractive girl getting the boy of her dreams, but it is just a bit too unrealistic to make this movie a good rom-com. Sure, it’s cute, and if you are going to watch a Netflix romantic comedy, it should be this one, but let’s just say, it is definitely no You’ve Got Mail.

 

 

 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

At number two is definitely the most mediocre and overrated of the Netflix rom-coms. Not surprisingly, it once again stars Noah Centineo, but this time he plays Peter, the recipient of one of five love letters accidentally sent by Lara Jean (Lana Condor). The pair then embarks on a fallacious relationship in order to make their respective crushes jealous, and, in an extremely expected turn of events, they fall in love. Unlike Sierra Burgess, the plot of To All The Boys is not salvaged by an incredible lead actress performance. The scenes in this “rom-com” that are supposed to be sentimental and heartwarming seem painfully forced. Also, I don’t know who was in charge of checking the continuity and logic of this movie, but they should have been fired before production. If for some reason you do decide to watch To All The Boys, prepare to be frustrated by the immense amount of plot holes (i.e. Lara Jean and Peter share a steamy scene in a hot tub, while Lara Jean is in a nightgown, and she somehow emerges completely dry and heads straight to bed). Finally, the main character’s name being LARA JEAN just makes everything else in this movie even worse.

 

 

 

The Kissing Booth

This movie is the WORST EVER. The plot follows an awkward teen, Elle, as she falls in love with her best friend Lee’s ridiculously attractive older brother, Noah, when a kissing booth at a fundraiser brings them together. Set aside the fact that the heartthrob of the film is believed to be a senior in high school, while he looks like he could be both a father of three and a successful WWE wrestler. Then set aside the fact that he is characterized as a pugnacious rebel who we then find out somehow has gotten into Harvard, despite that not even his girlfriend knows he is the slightest bit intelligent. What you are left with is still comprised of every cinematic cliché imaginable, and sets perhaps the worst example for any teenage girl (as a teenage girl myself, I was genuinely offended by some of Elle’s actions). In fact, the only element to this movie that could potentially mark it as a romantic comedy is the inclusion of Molly Ringwald as a minor character. Seriously, besides that, The Kissing Booth did not leave me with a “warm and fuzzy feeling,” but rather the feeling that I just watched 100 of history’s worst romantic comedies squished into two hours. Save your time and avoid this one; it’s for the best. Better luck next time, Netflix.

 

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