Published On: Wed, Oct 17th, 2018

Things We Saw Today: Romcoms Are Officially Back and We Have the Streaming Numbers to Prove It

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Until recently, you’d be hard-pressed to argue that the Golden Age of romcoms wasn’t behind us by at least a couple of decades. For fans of the genre to find great movies, we often have to re-watch ones from the era of Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts. The last year, though–or even maybe just few months–has seen a surge in not just new romcoms, but great new romcoms. And it turns out, the ratings reflect that. According to Variety, more than 80 million Netflix subscribers watched at least one of the movies in its “Summer of Love” lineup. That includes To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, The Kissing Booth, Like Father, and Set It Up.

And that’s only on Netflix. That doesn’t include the great romcoms that have hit theaters this year, like Crazy Rich Asians or Love, Simon. These titles not only drew in huge audiences, but they were genuinely great movies that fortified the genre. I don’t want to give too much credit to one tweet from Chrissy Teigen, but I do firmly believe that more fans talking about their love of the genre and not burying it as a shameful “guilty pleasure” only leads to good things and good movies.

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Happy Tuesday, everybody! Enjoy your funky dystopian nightmare!


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