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I loved that scene in Knocked Up with the chairs. And not just because maybe I've been there.

The day I'll be completely happy is when "knocked-up" is re-imagined by a female screenwriter

and you know...people like it.


That's a long list you have there!

I liked Knocked Up, but the absolute winner for me this year is without question "Dan In Real Life". I saw it twice in the US and can't wait for it to come to the UK in January. I know that this is going to be a classic for me, one I can watch an umlimited amount of times without ever getting tired of it. (Others on that list for me are Notting Hill, Love Actually and Serendipity). Steve Carell is genious and I am glad you picked him as best male lead. Could not agree with you more.

I love Once too, but felt that it lacked some sort of dramatic arc. Beautiful music though.

Was a bit disappointed by Enchanted, but loved Amy Adams in it.

But all in all - we can't really complain about 2007 as a rom-com year.

Rosina Lippi

I hope you do see PS I Love You because I'd like to hear what you think. I spent enough time ranting about it myself, but I am curious to know what other people think. Especially about those scenes that worked.

I agree completely about Jim and Pam. Jim has got that old fashioned scruffy boy/man next door thing, and the killer smile and the dry humor, and they just get each other. That line "I am totally in love in Italian food" -- perfect.

chris soth

Nice picks this year. I don't know if I can think of better one in any category. Maybe Kristen Wiig's win is more "cumulative" for work both in and outside Knocked Up, because she probably has two scenes in it, but YES, she's the future of rom-com best friends/quirky side characters.

And since you've gone to TV w/the office (yes, Pam and Jim make me laugh and cry), does the Rom-Com license allow you to comment on 30 Rock and America's Sweetheart, Tina Fey?

Reminds me, not such a bad year for Rom-Com. PS I Love You aside...

chris soth


And give Amy Adams the Oscar. She is SO good, and makes it look SO EASY, no one will even recognize the genius of this performance, and yes, Oscar hates comedy SO much that Marisa Tomei wins for a pitch-perfect COMEDIC performance and urban legends must be created to explain the best performance winning, but STILL...

E.C. Henry

Billy, when it comes to grading out the winners and loosers in the rom-com field the discussion begins and ends with you. No one can hold a candle to your insight and devotion through the years. I have couple faves and raves I need to get off my chest for this years 2007 Astas, BUT I DO NOT want you to think my selections are dissing you in the least. There just what moved me in the rom-com field in 2007 under the umbrella of the Astas awards.

Best Cute Meet in a Rom Com: Hilary Swank and Gerald Butler's Holly and Gerry's first meet in Ireland, via a flasback in late Act II, in "P.S. I Love You"

Best Rom-Com Set Piece: Ben Stiller and mariachi band in "The Heartbreak Kid"

Best Rom-Com Ending: The concert scene where Hugh Grant sings and wins over Drew Barrymore in "Music and Lyrics"

Best Female Lead: (tie) Amy Adam's Giselle in "Enchanted" and Hilary Swank's Holly in "P.S. I Love You"

Best Male Lead: James McAvoy's Tom Lefroy in "Becoming Jane"

Best Bellamy: James Franco's Harry Osborn in "Spiderman 3"

Best Supporting Actress: Abagail Breslin's Zoe in "No Reservations"

Best Supporting Actor: Dane Cook's Mitch Burns in "Dan in Real Life"

Cutest Couple: Mandy Moore and John Krasinski's Sadie and Ben in "Licence to Wed"

Best Rom-coms of 2007:
1. "Dan in Real Life"
2. "Enchanted"
3. "No Reservations"

Biggest Rom Com Dissappointment of 2007: "Good Luck Chuck"

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

Jake Hollywood

I was disappointed that "Once" wasn't nominated for an Independent Spirit Award (I don't think "Once" was nominated in any category) as one of the best films of the year...

And in my opinion "Once" is the best film of the year. Period. And instant classic is absolutely correct.

I disagree only slightly about "Falling Slowly." I think that "When Your Mind's Made Up" is the best song in the movie. The scene in the studio of the "guy" singing that song is filled with anguish and truth. and it says everything you need to know about the film...

I think John Carney crafted a near flawless film.

Like you, I'm a huge fan of both The Sweet Season and The Frames. I can't wait for them to return to LA.

And, I think that despite disagreeing with you over which is best song in "Once", I do hope that Glen and Marketa sing and win for best song. They deserve it.


Jess: Well, so... have you gotten started on your draft yet?

Ingrid, I agree, we can't complain. And how often do we get to say that?!

Rosina: I just so totally heart the two of them! Re: P.S. I'm sure I'll catch up with it eventually...

Chris: Of Ms. Fey we can only say the obvious -- Tina rocks! Re: Amy A, the academy will ignore her, honoring the tradition of comedic performances so so rarely get their props.

EC - Thanks for the list. John Krasinski does have a future in rom-com, don't you think?

Jake: Fingers crossed for an Oscar night performance and a win.


I'm so glad you acknowledged Blades of Glory here. I've watched it a few times on DVD since seeing it in the theater and it holds up. The (comedic) banter/conflict between Heder and Ferrell feels pitch perfect, the way Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy's did in 48 hours. My mother hates ice skating (and Will Ferrell) and even she gave it a thumbs up.

Also, as far as rom com couples go, since you brought up TV - I agree with Chris Soth that Tina Fey's character is worth a nod. Isn't she going to end up with Jack someday? Isn't that where it's going? Or is that me just having the hots for Alec Baldwin?


No, Christina, let's hope no! As "Moonlighting" and so many others have demonstrated in the past, resolving that kind of kinky sexual tension would be the death of the series.

chris soth

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Nice post and good movie list, i'have seen them all and especially loved the Enchanted, the actress was hilarious, and ofcourse Blades of Glory, that comedy blew me away :) Thanks, it was enjoyable to read.

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