There are so many films that I find to be enjoyable that most people or critics could not stand. So I have put together a list of ten films that are my top guilty pleasures. Come on…you know we all have them.
1. “Because I Said So” (2007)
Cast: Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott, Lauren Graham, Piper Perabo and Stephen Collins.
Director: Michael Lehmann (“Heathers” “The Truth About Cats and Dogs”)
Writers: Karen Leigh Hopkins (“Stepmom”) and Jessie Nelson (“Stepmom” “The Story of Us” “I Am Sam”)
Premise: An overly involved, meddling mother (Diane Keaton) tries to set her daughter (Mandy Moore) up with the perfect man by interviewing men for her.
Mini Review: Okay, so this might not be Diane Keaton’s best performance, but I still enjoyed this movie very much. It’s funny, light and cute.
2. “The Ugly Truth” (2009)
Cast: Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler.
Director: Robert Luketic (“Legally Blonde”)
Writers: Nicole Eastman, Karen McCullah (“Legally Blonde” “The House Bunny”) and Kirsten Smith (“Legally Blonde” “The House Bunny”)
Premise: A romantically challenged morning show producer (Katherine Heigl) is reluctantly embroiled in a series of outrageous tests by her chauvinistic correspondent (Gerard Butler) to prove his theories on relationships and her find love.
Mini Review: The film is hilarious, and the chemistry between Heigl and Butler works. The two of them play off of each other so well.
3. “The Wedding Date” (2005)
Cast: Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Jack Davenport, Holland Taylor, Peter Egan and Amy Adams.
Director: Clare Kilner (“How to Deal”)
Writer: Dana Fox (“What Happens in Vegas”)
Premise: A single woman (Debra Messing) hires a male escort (Dermot Mulroney) to pose as her boyfriend at her sister’s (Amy Adams) wedding. She does this in order to dupe her ex-fiancé, who dumped her a couple years prior.
Mini Review: Debra Messing is charming and irresistible, while Dermot Mulroney is absolutely sexy. One of the best romantic comedies.
4. “Sex and the City 2” (2010)
Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Chris Noth, David Eigenberg, John Corbett and Max Ryan.
Director: Michael Patrick King (“Sex and the City”)
Writer: Michael Patrick King (“Sex and the City”)
Premise: Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte join Samantha for a trip to Abu Dhabi, where Samantha’s ex is promoting his new film and Carrie runs into an old flame.
Mini Review: Even if it’s not as good as the first film or the TV show, this film is still a blast thanks to the chemistry these four women have. I never get tired of watching them.
5. “Head Over Heels” (2001)
Cast: Monica Potter, Freddie Prince Jr., Shalom Harlow, Tomiko Fraser, Sarah Murdoch, Ivana Milicevic and Jay Brazeau.
Director: Mark Waters (“Freaky Friday” “Just Like Heaven” “Mean Girls”)
Writers: David Kidd (“Yours, Mine & Ours”) and Ron Burch (“Yours, Mine & Ours”)
Premise: A young woman (Monica Potter) moves into an apartment with four models, where she ends up falling in love with their neighbor (Freddie Prince Jr.) across the street. However, everything changes when she thinks he saw him kill a woman.
Mini Review: This is one of Mark Waters’ first films, and I enjoy it every time that I watch it. Monica Potter is adorable, and the four ladies who play the models could not be anymore hilarious.
6. “The Wedding Planner” (2001)
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Judy Greer, Alex Rocco and Joanna Gleason.
Director: Adam Shankman (“Hairspray” “A Walk to Remember”)
Writers: Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis
Premise: Mary Fiore (Jennifer Lopez) is San Francisco’s most successful supplier of romance and glamor. She knows all the tricks and the rules. But then she breaks the most important rule of all: she falls in love with the groom.
Mini Review: I think Lopez and McConaughey have some great chemistry in this movie. It’s a fun, romantic comedy that isn’t Oscar winning, but it’s light enjoyment.
7. “The Women” (2008)
Cast: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Eva Mendes, Bette Midler, Candice Bergen, Carrie Fisher, Cloris Leachman and Debi Mazar.
Director: Diane English
Writer: Diane English (“Murphy Brown”)
Premise: A wealthy New Yorker (Meg Ryan) wrestles with the decision to leave her cheating husband, as she and her friends discover that women really can have it all.
Mini Review: Okay, yes this film could have been so much more. However, the ladies have fun and work so well together. Plus, Cloris Leachman steals the show.
8. “Valentine’s Day” (2010)
Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Topher Grace, Jennifer Garner, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane, Hector Elizondo, Queen Latifah, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Taylor Lautner, Taylor Swift, George Lopez and Emma Roberts.
Director: Garry Marshall (“Runaway Bride” “Pretty Woman” “Beaches”)
Writer: Katherine Fugate (“The Prince and Me”)
Premise: Intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine’s Day.
Mini Review: This ensemble is so much fun, and they all work so well together. So much better than Marshall’s last ensemble “New Year’s Eve.” I cannot wait to see what he has in store for “Mother’s Day.”
9. “Monster-in-Law” (2005)
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, Michael Vartan, Wanda Sykes, Adam Scott, Will Arnett, Monet Mazur, Annie Parisse and Elaine Stritch.
Director: Robert Luketic (“Legally Blonde”)
Writer: Anya Kochoff
Premise: Charlotte (Jennifer Lopez) has just met the perfect man, Kevin (Michael Vartan). However, before the two of them can be happy, she must go through his merciless mother, Viola (Jane Fonda), a woman who will do anything to destroy their relationship.
Mini Review: Jane Fonda is so good as the evil mother, that I can’t help but have fun with this film.
10. “The Big Wedding” (2013)
Cast: Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Topher Grace, Amanda Seyfried, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon, Ben Barnes and Christine Ebersole.
Director: Justin Zackham
Writer: Justin Zackham (“The Bucket List”)
Premise: A long-divorced couple (Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro) must fake being married as their adopted son’s biological mother comes to visit for his wedding.
Mini Review: Silly? Yes. Funny? Yes. Good Time? Hell yes. What more do you need?