Either romantic movies are your cup of tea or not, but rom-com 2020 for sure going to be another banner year for the rom-com genre. This year, it looks like we have a diverse collection of romantic comedies prepared to push the genre’s boundaries even further into the fray. Go through for all the films that are giving us butterflies this year—and keep an eye skinned for updates as the months flicker by.
1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: P.S. I Still Love You
I’m not a romantic movie person but I found this hopeless romantic movie “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” on Netflix, a must-watch. Now its sequel is set to arrive for Valentine’s Day. In 2018, the first part’s banging soundtrack had me smitten, I hope the same from the sequel’s soundtrack. Lara Jean is getting back in sequel with Peter Kavinsky, as their relationship is tested when another suitor shows up.
Look for it: February 12, 2020
Jane Austen’s classic novel Emma is being adapted for the big screen once again. But this time Anya Taylor-Joy is giving jane Austen’s Emma a thoroughly modern update. This movie is the directorial debut of Autumn De Wilde. I can’t wait to see this satirical contribution starring Anya Taylor-Joy as the queen bee of her social circle.
Look for it: February 21, 2020
3. The Lovebirds
Kumail Nanjiani of The Big Sick and Issa Rae of Insecure fame? The two funny forces join for a romance, comedy and murder mystery, though the whodunit they get dragged unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre crime. The journey to clear their names takes them from one hilarious – circumstance to the next. It’s directed by Wet Hot American Summer’s Michael Showalter.
Look for it: April 3, 2020
4. The French Dispatch
An all-star cast movie; last 9 movies were masterpieces; can you guess this auteur director? —Quirky Wes Anderson? Yes! Correct and the movie is ‘The French Dispatch’. The film is billed as rom-com—but I’m hoping for a Moonrise Kingdom encore. The French Dispatch’s been described as “a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris” and that it won’t be a musical (as was previously reported). It’ll be interesting to see how Anderson’s attention to detail will make this flick a success. I can’t wait for my ticket for this movie.
Look for it: July 24, 2020
5. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
Do you ever think about leaving your home, getting out of your comfort zone for a vacation? Well! Barb (Annie Mumolo) and Star (Kristen Wiig), the two best friends, are doing the same in Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, they pack up and head to Florida for a beachside vacation which soon turns into a beachside. The movie is based on adventure, love, and a villain’s evil plot to kill everyone in town.
Look for it: July 31, 2020
6. Happiest Season
2020 holiday season going to be a “Happiest Season” for LGBTIQ+ cinephiles. The gay rom-com stars Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as a couple. It centers on a young woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend while at her family’s annual holiday party. The rub is, her girlfriend’s conservative parents don’t know she’s gay. The movie is set for a U.S. release on November 20, 2020, and will be directed by Clea DuVall.
Look for it: November 20, 2020
7. Marry Me
The most meta-movie is following Bobby Crosby’s novel of the same name. It revolving around a singer who finds out that her rock-star fiancé jilted her and she picked a random person off the street instead and marries him in an over-the-top, flashbulb affair. JLO and Maluma recently surprised concertgoers with a duet of “No Me Ames,” at Maluma’s Madison Square Garden Show which she originally recorded with ex-husband Marc Anthony, in NYC. So, this movie going to be very very meta and for sure interesting too.
Look for it: Sometime in 2020
8. The Prom
‘The Prom’ is another star-packed rom-com movie, based on a Tony-nominated Broadway musical of the same name. The cast is next-level good because it includes Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Ariana Grande, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key, and Andrew Rannells in key roles. The story is based on a group of lesbians overrun a conservative high school in support of a gay student who wants to take her girlfriend to prom. This also marks the first Ryan Murphy-directed featured film.
Look for it: Sometime in 2020