One of my all time favourite films? La La Land.
One of my all time favourite Christmas films? Love Actually.
A film I finally saw for the first time recently and enjoyed? Notting Hill.
Let’s face it, I’m a sucker for romantic films.
I like the cheesiness. They’re uplifting. And they draw me in every time, without fail.
Will they end up together or will it all end in tears?
I cry at breakups, my heart swells at happy endings.
And I’m sure I’m not the only guy who feels this way.
So why are we all so scared to admit it? Why do we have to watch these films in secret? Why do we act like we’ve been pressured into watching them by our female friends and partners?
Most romantic films feature male leads who we can identify with, and pretty much most people want love, even if they aren’t willing to admit it.
It makes sense that men can watch and enjoy romantic films.
I’m not saying that they’re objectively for everyone. You can have whatever taste you want. But I’m saying that you shouldn’t just dismiss romantic films as a genre simply because of some outdated stereotype.
Watching Hugh Grant awkwardly flirt his way through life doesn’t make you less of a man. Neither does cheering on Ryan Gosling as he goes after the girl.
So if you like romantic films, go ahead and like them. And if anyone tells you that you’re less of a man, tell them to take it up with Hugh.