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Netflix Night with Your Girl Gang: My Review of 10 Romance Movies on Netflix

National Girls Night is September 22, and what better way to relax with your girl gang than to watch chick flicks on Netflix? To help you and your besties out, I created a list of 10 popular romance movies on Netflix complete with summaries (no spoilers), reviews, and ratings! 

 

1. Love, Guaranteed

Susan Whitaker’s business, Whitaker & Associates, is going downhill until she receives a new case. That new case is Nicholas Evans, who is suing a dating website for not following through on their promise—guaranteed love. After going on 1,000 dates, Nick has seemingly given up on love. However, “Love is unpredictable. And it can burn you. But it can also surprise you in the most remarkable ways.”

 

My Review: Not only are both of the main actors easy on the eyes, but they also have great on-screen chemistry. The easy-to-follow yet unique romance story perfectly fits into the 21st century and online dating. While it may lack the cheesy, picture-perfect dates, it makes up for it in the laughter. My Rating: 8 out of 10

 

2. To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Lara Jean Covey gets her feelings out by writing them down. Although, things take a turn when her love letters to past crushes get sent out. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows the life of Lara Jean Covey and how she handles the consequences of her exposed letters—especially one in particular.

 

My Review: I have seen this movie numerous times, and I still don’t know how to feel about it. The cheesiness and Lara Jean’s innocence make me want to follow along with her story, but the same things make me want to barf. If you are looking for a cliche teen movie, this one should hit the spot. My Rating: 6 out of 10

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3. The Kissing Booth

Elle Evans has had, what appears to be, a lifelong crush on the one person she can’t date, Noah Flynn, AKA her best friend’s older brother. But love knows no boundaries, and Elle can’t stop her feelings, so what is she supposed to do? Join Elle Evans and her journey between right, wrong, and the area in between. “You can either follow the rules or follow your heart.”

 

My Review: The relationships are toxic, but the cheesiness is definitely there! As much as I want to say I can’t stand this movie, I have watched it at least ten times. There is something about the fun friendships and on-screen chemistry that really makes me smile. My Rating: 5 out of 10

 

4. The Notebook

A love story is recorded in a notebook and told by an elderly man in a nursing home to a fellow resident. The story follows the love life of Allison “Allie” Hamilton. With each turn of the page, the elderly woman stays attentive to the chronicle of Allie’s life.

 

My Review: I’m not going to lie, I just watched this movie for the first time the other day. And trust me when I tell you that I bawled my eyes out! It made me feel emotions I didn’t know I could feel. It made me feel in love but heartbroken, happy but sad, and anger yet understanding throughout the entire movie. I cried, laughed, and watched tentatively as Allie’s love life took turns for the worse and the better. It had a story within a story and the power to captivate its audience—or at least me and my roommates. My Rating: 10 out of 10

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5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

On the island of Guernsey during the German occupation in the midst of World War 2, a group of friends created a fictional book club to avoid arrest or worse. Soon, Juliet Ashton, a London author, catches wind of the story through her pen pal, Dawsey Adams. As answers are discovered, more questions arise, and Juliet begins to fall in love with the island of Guernsey and its residents—one in particular.

 

My Review: This one is great for book lovers and hopeless romantics. My friend and I watched this movie the night after my boyfriend at the time broke up with me. She cuddled me while I cried on her shoulder and ate ice cream. (Thank you, Sarah!) Then she turned on this movie, and I fell in love all over again. The historical references, beautiful scenes, and captivating storyline make this one of my go-to movies. My Rating: 9 out of 10

 

6. After

Tessa Young, an innocent good girl, moves into her college dorm room. She quickly adjusts to the stereotypical college life by going to a party where she meets the campus bad boy: Hardin Scott. Despite Tessa having a boyfriend, she can’t help but be attracted to the mysterious and moody Hardin.

 

My Review: What is it with toxic relationships in movies these days?! I just want to see a healthy and romantic relationship. Nonetheless, this movie had a good storyline, but with the combination of negative events that happen, I cannot get behind it. I seriously sat down with a couple of friends as we pointed out every toxic trait. Despite the obvious lack of morals, this movie was successful enough to produce a sequel. Who knows, maybe you will like it, so I think you should give it a try. My Rating: 4 out of 10

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7. The Wedding Planner

When Mary Fiore’s life is saved by a dashing man on the streets of Manhattan, she immediately falls in love. However, this wedding planner faces one of her biggest nightmares when she finds out her Manhattan hero is a conflict of interest at her job. Things only escalate when her childhood admirer, Massimo, appears. Will she pursue the forbidden love or settle for a safe relationship? After all, “Love can’t always be perfect. Love is just love.”

 

My Review: This movie is a bit older than the rest, as it was released in 2001. I watched it sometime growing up, and I loved it. It has cheesy and perfect dates, forbidden love, and a healthy relationship, at least in comparison to movies nowadays. My Rating: 8 out of 10

 

8. Pride & Prejudice

Based on the classic Jane Austen novel, this movie focuses on the love lives of the Bennet sisters. One sister, in particular, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bennet, catches the attention of a few different men throughout the movie. By the end, her heart belongs to one.

 

My Review: Since it was based on Austen’s novel written in the 19th century, the speech seems poetic in comparison to spoken English nowadays. The battle between socioeconomic standings and matters of the heart are the main focus in this movie, but in a way that captures what it would have been like back then (or still is in some cases). I can’t wait to watch this movie again! My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

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9. The Healer

When Alec Bailey’s life begins falling apart, his estranged uncle offers him a second

chance at life. Alec has the option to go back to his broken life or continue his second chance and change the lives of others.

 

My Review: Throughout this movie, I gained a renewed, positive outlook on life. This humbling movie is a new favorite on my list. It has fantastical, philosophical, and romantic themes dispersed throughout its entirety. My Rating: 8 out of 10

 

10. Valentine's Day

This movie follows the lives of multiple different characters on Valentine’s Day. Some are expecting marriage proposals, while another is trying to get back to her kid.

 

My Review: This movie is hilarious and wholesome at the same time. It is filled with numerous well-known actors such as Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Ashton Kutcher, George Lopez, and many more. While I was expecting a better script considering the number of famous actors in it, I still enjoyed their candid spirits that are always present on screen. My Rating: 6 out of 10

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I hope I was able to help you narrow down your movie list for your Netflix night with your girl gang! Now, go grab some snacks, get comfy, and celebrate National Girls Night!

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