My wife drags me to lots of rom-coms. Most of the handful of recent ones that I kind of enjoyed were box-office duds, so take that for what it’s worth.
He’s Just Not That Into You - It doesn’t follow the usual predictable rom-com story arc, and features a number of intertwining plotlines, some more serious than others, which keeps things pretty interesting.
Valentine’s Day - The main plot is pretty by-the-book, complete with the chase-her-down-at-the-airport climax. But the peripheral characters get lives and stories of their own as well, with some clever interlacing of the plots, which helps elevate it.
How Do You Know - Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon manage to craft two likeable characters who avoid the usual stupid lies and misunderstandings you see so often in bad films of the genre – and it has Jack Nicholson!
Forgetting Sarah Marshall - It’s really funny, for one thing. “Romantic” and “comedy” get equal billing here. Mila Kunis is absolutely adorable and Jason Segal creates a good schlubby “everyman” character for the guys to relate to.