8 streaming rom-coms Mamamia's entertainment writer is currently obsessed with.

Occassionally, I'm in the mood for a prestigious, three-hour long slog of a film.

But mostly... I am not.

Most of the time, all I want in a movie is 90 minutes of fun. It can be genuinely good fun, or the fun that comes from something that is so-bad-it's-good. 

Yes. I'm going on record to say I'm an entertainment writer who would rather sit through The Kissing Booth 2 than The Irishman. My sincerest apologies to Martin Scorsese.

In the streaming age, those of us who love an entertaining, easy (and maybe a little mindless) film are often in luck, as it seems every few weeks, there's a new, easy-to-watch rom-com that's either genuinely good - or bad, in a good way.

As a streaming rom-com connoisseur, I've rounded up a bunch of films that'll make you laugh, give you warm fuzzies, or at the very least, provide an excuse to buy some snacks and get comfy on the couch. 

Fire Island - Disney+

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Fire Island is a romantic comedy set on - you wouldn't believe it - Fire Island.

The story, inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, was written by Joel Kim Booster, who also co-stars alongside SNL's Bowen Yang, How To Get Away With Murder's Conrad Ricamora and all-round legend Margaret Cho.

It follows a group of gay friends who go on their annual holiday, only for things to be complicated when they meet another group that has them grappling with classism, racism, stereotypes and social expectations.

And it is, honestly, joyous. Funny, thought-provoking and joyous.

Plus... there's a Britney Spears karaoke scene. An instant classic.

Wedding Season - Netflix

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Wedding Season is stuffed full of rom-com tropes, including a beautifully done mashup of my two favourites: fake dating and enemies to lovers.

The film is set in the Indian American community of Newark, New Jersey, where Asha (Australia's own Pallavi Sharda) is feeling the pressure from her family to find a spouse - especially with the upcoming, very densely packed summer of weddings. 

She begrudgingly agrees to a date with Ravi (Suraj Sharma)  - and they immediately clash. But Asha eventually convinces Ravi to pretend they are dating to get their parents off their backs.


And well, you can guess where it goes from there.

Wedding Season is charming and fun, with clear love and respect for the community it's depicting.

The Valet - Disney+

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Sometimes, I watch something and become annoyingly obsessed. Like, I won't shut up about it. Everyone I know simply must know how much I loved it and how much I NEED them to watch it too.


The Valet was one of those.

The Valet is a remake of a 2006 French film and follows a parking valet (Elgenio Derbez) in Los Angeles, who is hired to pretend-date a famous actress (Samara Weaving) who is trying to cover up an affair she is having with a married, high-profile businessman.

It screams 'so-bad-it's-good', doesn't it? But what if I told you it was actually just good good.

In fact, this is a genuinely fantastic, heartwarming watch.

It's a ridiculous premise, that evolves into a sweet comedy about the importance of family and self-worth, which also really lovingly shares a tale of the migrant experience in Los Angeles. 

I Want You Back - Prime Video

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It didn't take much to sell me on I Want You Back.

It stars comedy genius Jenny Slate, Charlie Day, Scott Eastwood, Gina Rodriguez and Manny Jacinto. Those last two star in two of my favourite shows of all time, and I'll watch them in anything.

Slate and Day are two recently dumped strangers, who team up to sabotage the new relationships of their exes. Obviously, things don't go as planned, and it leads to many, many uncomfortable (and hilarious) situations.

It's very funny, and has a genuinely believable blossoming romance at the heart of it.

Also: peep the cameos from Ben McKenzie (Ryan from The O.C. can now play a DAD) and a little-known comedian called Pete Davidson.

Anything's Possible - Prime Video

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Anything's Possible is the kind of film that makes you feel a little bit better about the world.

It's a coming-of-age romantic comedy directed by Billy Porter, which tells a really sweet story of teenage experience, first love and trans joy.

The story began when writer Ximena García Lecuona saw a Reddit post from a high school kid saying he liked a trans girl and wasn't sure what to do about it. The internet responded with "don't be stupid, ask her out", and with Lecuona desperate for stories that explore trans joy, happiness and satisfaction, the premise of Anything's Possible was born.

It tells the love story of Kelsa (Eva Reign) and Khal (Abubakr Ali), who develops a crush and musters up the courage to ask her out.


It's smart, powerful and will leave you with all the warm fuzzies.

Look Both Ways - Netflix

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Look Both Ways is like Sliding Doors, that 1998 Gwyneth Paltrow rom-com you'd forgotten about, in the sense that it follows two parallel realities: one in which Natalie (Lili Reinhart) falls pregnant just as she graduates college and stays in her hometown, and another where she doesn't and moves to Los Angeles.


In both journeys, Natalie experiences love and heartbreak, pursues her dreams as an animator and leaves a lot about herself.

The story doesn't go as deep as it could've and tells a pretty privileged tale, but that doesn't make it any less lovely and charming. I may have shed a tear.

The supporting cast, including Danny Ramirez, David Corenswet, Aisha Dee, Luke Wilson and Nia Long, are great, and thank goodness Lili Reinhart will soon be freed from the shackles of Riverdale, because the gal sure can act.

My Fake Boyfriend - Prime Video

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This is probably the most 'so-bad' on this list, but I make no apologies for enjoying this film. It's outlandish and sometimes, that's what we need.

Australian star Keiynan Lonsdale plays Drew, who has been stuck in a toxic on and off relationship for way too long. To get him out of the cycle for good, his best friend Jake (Dylan Sprouse) and his girlfriend (Sarah Hyland) create a fake online boyfriend for him.

Obviously, things get wildly out of hand, resulting in chaos, drama and a few very funny green-screen photoshoots.

Made-up relationships are a well troden trope at this point, but the deep-fake, hyper-online nature of this story keeps it fresh. 

Plus I really enjoyed the platonic love story between besties, Drew and Jake.

And there we have it. Grab your snacks and get stuck in to some cheesy rom-com goodness.

Chelsea McLaughlin is Mamamia's Senior Entertainment Writer and co-host of The Spill. For more pop culture takes, recommendations and sarcasm, you can follow her on Instagram

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