Valentine’s Day is on Sunday. For those of you who weren’t aware, you’re welcome for the advanced warning and you should plan accordingly. Anyway, a tradition for many this time of year is popping on a good romantic comedy. There are plenty to choose from, but for today’s Binge Watch I wanted to look at ones featuring Sandra Bullock.
There have been a few different actresses that were known for work in the genre, and while Bullock has a broad set of films she’s done, many still think of her with romantic comedies. So, I figured I’d look at a few you have to choose from. The list appears in chronological order. Enjoy and happy Valentine’s Day.
Love Potion No. 9 (1992)
About: This was one of Bullock’s first roles, and probably the one that first gained her a national following. It’s also a romantic comedy where she and Tate Donovan play scientists who are unlucky in love and create a formula to change that. It’s cute and has it’s moments, but it’s just OK. Still, if you want a blast from the past, this is it.
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
About: This is one of the films people think of most frequently when they think of Bullock and romantic comedies. Here she plays a lonely transit worker who saves her secret crush from being run over by a train and ends up getting mistaken for his fiancé. You know, a common story for most of us. This one is often played during the holidays with its Christmas theme, but it’s also one of her best in the genre. Bullock and Bill Pullman are great, and this is a fun movie that holds up even 26 years later.
Forces of Nature (1999)
About: This one features Bullock opposite Ben Affleck. It’s two likeable stars and that would lead you to be excited… But this one just doesn’t work. I’m sure it has some fans, but I’m not one of them.
Miss Congeniality (2000)
About: This one features Bullock as FBI Agent Gracie Hart, a rough-around-the-edges gal who is sent under cover at a beauty pageant. She finds herself and finds some love. Then found a sequel five years later. This is a memorable film with some great moments. If you’re looking for a light watch this time of year, you could do worse.
Two Weeks Notice (2002)
About: This one features Bullock as a feisty attorney passionately fighting to preserve landmarks who takes a job with a corporate executive (Hugh Grant) that is known for knocking buildings down. This is the old opposites attract format paired with a workplace comedy. You can’t do much better than Bullock and Grant, especially when they were at the height of their powers in 2002. This one is a fun addition to the genre.
All About Steve (2009)
About: 2009 was a GREAT year for Bullock. She won an Academy Award for playing the lead in The Blind Side and offered perhaps her best romantic comedy. More on that in a minute. In between, she offered All About Steve, where she plays a clingy fan that stalks a TV personality (Bradley Cooper). This movie is bad, like Golden Raspberry Award bad. Bullock won for Worst Actress, an award she showed up to receive in person. She and Cooper also won Worst Screen Couple. You can safely avoid this one.
The Proposal (2009)
About: If All About Steve is about the bad, The Proposal is the other end of the spectrum. This pairing of Bullock and Ryan Reynolds is a match made in heaven. I loved this one when I first saw it and have laughed at it every time I’ve seen it since. Throw in Betty White and this one is an incredible winner. If you’re only picking one movie off this list for your Valentine’s Weekend viewing, make it The Proposal.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a proud member of the Drive-In Podcast Network.