Notable and notorious IndieWire film critic David Ehrlich recently put out a social media call for film critic peers to join a weekly survey to discuss movie topics, answer questions, and highlight their work. Representing Every Movie Has a Lesson, I, along with over 60 other emerging and established film critics including some of my fellow Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle members and Aaron White of Feelin’ Film, accepted the invitation to participate. I’m honored by the opportunity, and I hope my responses are chosen each week.
THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: What is the best romantic comedy of the last ten years?
With Valentine’s Day arriving this week along with the release of the Rebel Wilson vehicle Isn’t It Romantic?, the survey question this week challenged critics to name the best rom-com of the past decade. Rating-wise, I’m right there with all of the responses that named The Big Sick, a five-star film for me. However, I cited something a little purer in the romantic comedy department. I’m a big fan of Crazy, Stupid, Love. from 2011. The Ryan Gosling/Steve Carell duo is outstanding and the twists are so damn good to be less predictable that most of its genre.
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