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The streaming behemoth that is Netflix may offer a home to everything from black-and-white foreign-language Oscar winners to ’80s-era throwbacks about plucky preteens battling monsters, but there’s one area in which it has truly excelled: the rom-com. After a few years out of fashion, it may actually be that Netflix is the one saving the genre, or at least reminding viewers just how much fun it can be to watch two nice people fall in love against a backdrop of misadventures and hijinks.
From modern classics like “Emma” to festival breakouts like “Obvious Child” and new originals like “Always Be My Maybe,” Netflix is filled with prime examples of all the loving, funny offerings the genre still has to offer. Here’s 8 you can watch right now.
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“ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE”
By the time Nahnatchka Khan’s breezy feature directorial debut “Always Be My Maybe” offers up a hearty wink at “Pretty Woman,” the Netflix original feature has already earned its stripes as the online streamer’s next great rom-com. Khan’s film pulls liberally from the genre playbook — stars and co-writers Ali Wong and Randall Park haven’t been shy about the film’s early inspirations, especially classics like “When Harry Met Sally” — but it also offers its own charms, thanks to Wong and Park, who delight both on-screen and on the page.
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And while “Always Be My Maybe” doesn’t reinvent its genre, it’s a welcome addition that contributes cultural diversity to a typically white-dominated screen space, and leans into tropes that have always made rom-coms (well, good rom-coms) such a joy to watch.
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Before he broke into the mainstream with “Thor: Ragnarok,” Taika Waititi charmed his New Zealand brethren (and plenty of film festival audiences and indie cinephiles alike) with his particular brand of off-kilter comedy. Waititi has, thankfully, not lost that creative spark...
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