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The movie is primarily about Jones's journey to move on, and she is terrific in the film, which she also co-wrote.
(You'll notice a lot of actor-writers on the list.) Available to rent on Amazon.
Liberal Arts is a romantic comedy about growing up, those unwilling to do so, and those trying to do so too quickly. Life After Beth (2014)There have been several great indie romantic-comedies this year. Case in point: Life After Beth, a quirky rom-com about young love in which one of the parties is a zombie.
It stars Dane De Haan and Aubrey Plaza, the latter of which is particularly dynamic as the zombie.
"The romantic comedy is dead" is a narrative we've come to accept.
I'm not here to argue that this isn't true, but rather to say that the romantic comedy is not dead, it just went underground, and the genre is better for it.
The film's first scene, which features the two of them meeting outside a high-school party they both hate, is exactly that.
(The two actually have been dating since shooting the movie.) On its surface, is a teenage coming-of-age, losing-your-virginity sex comedy, but in actuality, it's an arrestingly cute, realistic look at young love. The Four-Faced Liar (2010)There is a lot going on here concerning the nature of monogamy, friendships, gender, and sexuality, and it's all done pretty effortlessly. The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)Chris Messina's back! They both play losers in Chicago who bond over a mutual misery. ): He's a street artist who dresses like a giant mechanical man (not classic rom-com! It's great for fans of Messina's dancing ability and Fischer's ability to be hilariously sullen. The One I Love (2014)I don't want to spoil too much of the premise because the film is all about a central mystery.
(Quick logistical side note: I didn't include movies that made over million, as I presumed they were not in need of singling out.
Though the irreverence of the concept is enough to get at least some attention on its own, Obvious Child is also a terrific freaking movie.
Thanks to Jenny Slate being one of the most hilarious people around, Obvious Child is arguably the funniest film on this list.
Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, it represents the best of what the indie rom-com can offer: beats and characters that feel similar to the genre, but with a specificity and complexity that would never fly in a major studio release. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)There is a lot going on in Safety Not Guaranteed, but it's all built on a pretty rom-com-y arc between Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass.
(Jake Johnson also has his own terrific mini-rom-com as a B plot.) Duplass plays a guys who puts an ad in the paper searching for a partner to help him travel back in time.
Ironically, she seems more alive in this role than any she's yet played. Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)In the brain of Miranda July (who writes, directs, and stars in the movie), this is what a romantic comedy looks like.