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I haven't seen Anyone But You, but I did see Long Shot and loved it. I'm not usually a rom-com watcher, but this was more com than rom, to me. Also I've known a woman who was an elected government official who dated a guy who was definitely not what you could say was a socially acceptable type for a politician to be seen with (although he is an okay guy), so it does happen, but definitely not common.

Per your footnote 4, have you seen Slither? At first I was insulted you put Nathan Fillion on the B list, but then I remembered this movie and had to agree lol

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I haven't seen Slither.. not much of a horror guy. Though I'm sure it's funny since Gunn is involved.

I love Fillion -- have you seen Firefly? -- and am always excited when he shows up. His character in Guardians 3 was such a delight!

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Of course you knew I was going to drop by with a "WHMS deserves a rewatch," and here's why, two words: Nora. Ephron. Wait, two more words: Carrie Fisher. The diner scene is the least interesting moment in the film now because it's been so talked about and parodied. Every word out of Carrie Fischer's mouth is gold-gold-gold. Her delivery alone steals more than one scene. But to your point of what separates the rom-com wheat from the Hallmark Christmas chaff is the writing. Nora Ephron was a writer's writer and it shows in every line of that screenplay. The documentary confessionals between all the couples are like little micro-fictions. Who is writing at that level these days? Follow the pen and you'll find your rom-com worth spooning at night. #PREACH!

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I definitely need to rewatch HWMS now that I'm mature, or something. It's on the list. I do remember that Carrie was funny tho!

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May 2Liked by Eric Pierce

I’ve not seen either film so I can’t weigh in on your poll. However, after reading this I do intend to watch Longshot. I enjoy a rom com that is actually funny while being simultaneously heartwarming. It’s a tricky combination to pull off. Some of my favorite rom coms include The Wedding Singer, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and The Holiday (starring Jude Law, Cameron Diaz).

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Great list! Lmk what you think of Long Shot. :)

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I have a lot of favourite romantic comedies, but most are from the 1930s and 1940s, and normally star Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.

Anyone But You is rubbish. Rye Lane is a much better recent example. :)

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I'll have to take your word on the black & white classics.. :)

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May 2Liked by Eric Pierce

I remember Long Shot. It was good. I've heard buzz on Sweeney but only vaguely recall seeing trailers for that movie. Good article and a fair dissection of Rom-Com, which, Coming to America is definitely not..

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Thanks for having my back on Coming to America! 🤜🏻

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they had me at CRACKER DOWN!

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🤣🤣🤣

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May 1Liked by Eric Pierce

80s sex comedies were part of my education too, and WOW have I had a lot to unlearn in the decades sense.

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Yep! 🫠

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