We are so often told from he silver screen, that girls and guys cannot be best friends because sex gets in the way.
Cue a rom-com about just that. New film Love, Rosie sees lifelong friends Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) fight their urges as they date other people, but still have to most fun together, yet insist they’re just friends.
We all know how it will probably end, but it’s fun to go along for the ride….
5. No Strings Attached
Director: Ivan Reitman | Starring: Ashton Kutcher & Natalie Portman
After Natalie Portman performed her Oscar-winning role in the gritty Black Swan, she opted for far lighter, fluffier content on her next outing.
Rather than a couple meeting, making friends and deciding not to go down the dating route< <classic friends dating film formula>, No Strings Attached follows life-long friends Emma (Portman) and Adam (Kutcher) who initiate a “no strings” rule after they end up having sex once and, actually, quite enjoying it.
There are predictably, lots of smutty jokes as the two try to maintain their friendship, have great sex and not fall in love. But I don’t quite buy the connection between Portman and Kutcher. It’s an enjoyable, trashy rom-com with a good dollop of cringe thrown in for good measure.
4. What If
Director: Michael Dowse | Starring: Daniel Radcliffe & Zoe Kazan
2014’s What If saw Daniel Radcliffe continuing to try to shake off his Harry Potter label, with this being the first time he played a romantic lead.
For those who may not have seen Radcliffe in Equus, this certainly shed any doubts that he could do sexy. And He and Kazan have great chemistry.
Wallace (Radcliffe), a medical-school dropout has no luck dating and decides to give up the game for a while (much like my friend who is currently having a man break by doing No-men-ber). But, typically, he then meets Chantry. She has a live-in boyfriend, but she and Wallace become firm friends. Then, shock, Radcliffe’s sex appeal gets in the way.
Speaking of his sex appeal, check out this clip of what he said about people considering him sexy now: it’s the best answer ever and is why I think he is an amazing person <fan girl moment>.
3. 13 Going on 30
Director: Gary Winick | Starring: Jennifer Garner & Mark Ruffalo
While friends who date is not the main theme to this body swap/time hop film, it does play an integral part.
When 13-year-old geeky girl Jenna (Garner) wishes she was grown up, she wakes up to find herself a fabulous 30-year-old magazine editor with the world at her feet. While she is dating some appealing men, her 13-year-old mind still lusts after her childhood friend Matt (Ruffalo).
It turns out that Jenna ditched Matt in her teen years as he wasn’t ‘cool’ enough. But it turns out there are a lot of idiots out there, so maybe it is best (sometimes) to date a friend who you know you get on with and isn’t a chauvinistic bastard.
The film is fun, frivolous and feel-good. And with a nice underlying message for all the teen girls who may watch it and lust after the Sex and the City lifestyle portrayed on screen in Jenna’s thirties.
2. Friends with Benefits
Director: Will Gluck | Starring: Justin Timberlake & Mila Kunis
One of my personal favourite rom-coms, that actually has some decent ‘com’, Friends with Benefits sees design exec Dylan (Timberlake) move from independent studios in LA to a big time magazine in New York after being headhunted by Jamie (Kunis).
There is definite chemistry between the two, who have both just broken up with crazy exes (a great turn from Emma Stone) and as Dylan doesn’t know anyone in NYC, he and Jamie become firm friends.
Then one night, they both realise they have an itch that needs scratching. So they lay down some rules and swear on a Bible (app) that they will have sex but not get romantically involved. Shenanigans ensue…
1. When Harry Met Sally
Director: Nora Ephron | Starring: Meg Ryan & Billy Crystal
The mother of all friends-falling-in-love films, When Harry Met Sally is often referenced in situations when people say you can’t be best friends with a member of the opposite sex, because sex gets in the way.
Written and directed by the brilliant Nora Ephron (Husbands and Wives, You’ve Got Mail) it is an intelligent and witty chick flick that has stood the test of time, and made a star out of a then relatively unknown Meg Ryan.
The great screenplay sees Harry and Sally meet at university and follows their lives until a decade later when they reflect upon their dating history. The script sparkles with wit and the heat between Ryan and Crystal is sizzling.
Of course, the film is also famous for that scene in the diner where Sally fakes an orgasm. “I’ll have what she’s having” remarks an old woman as Meg screams and groans while banning the table and running her hands through her hair. Yes. Yes. Yes!