Upcoming Chick Flicks and Romantic Movies in 2016
As the patented genre for goofy romance and boy-girl hijinx, the chick flicks category is one of storied Hollywood tradition. But with the exception of last year’s Trainwreck, few romances hit the big time in 2015, prompting a potential comeback given the slate of upcoming releases. Original fare like How To Be Single and sequels like My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 are guaranteed hits for their genre, while the latter in particular will score with fans of the 2002 original.
2016 also brings with it an array of varied romantic dramas starring the likes of Christian Bale, Jennifer Garner, and Greg Kinnear. These films, some of which come with acclaimed performers and directors, will undoubtedly appeal to those in search of everlasting love but still carry a speck of cynicism towards the notion of romance. So whether in the mood for laughs or love, here are the top releases to satisfy that hankering.
How To Be Single – Release Date: February 12th 2016
New York is a hub of loneliness for the single twenty-something. Especially for author Alice (Dakota Johnson), who decides to write a book on the lifestyle of bachelorettes. This research eventually takes her worldwide, where she falls for a man in an open marriage. Meanwhile, Alice’s pals in New York (consisting of Rebel Wilson, Anders Holm, Alison Brie, and Damon Wayans, Jr.) begin to change and grow as life makes for surprising developments. Unifying it all is the experience of a generation who may not even know what true love is. Based on the novel of the same name by Liz Tuccillo, How To Be Single’s stellar cast and universal theme guarantees much love as one of 2016’s top comedies.
Knight of Cups – Release Date: March 4th 2016
From the expansive mind of famed auteur Terrence Malick comes Knight of Cups, the whimsical human drama that centers around Los Angeles screenwriter Rick (Christian Bale). As an unparalleled success, Rick is still haunted by the death of a brother and the slow demise of another, finding solace only through his various encounters with women. These women (Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Freida Pinto) come to comprise his daily escape, each time bringing Rick a bit closer to finding where he belongs in the world. Stacked with Academy Award winners and one of the most hallowed directors working today, Knight of Cups will supplant lots of Oscar buzz as one of indie cinema’s most talked about romances.
Miracles From Heaven – Release Date: March 18th 2016
A bit of a hybrid in that it caters to fans of romance and Christianity, Miracles From Heaven tells the story of Anna Beam (Kylie Rogers), a twelve year old girl who suffers from pseudo-obstruction motility disorder and is unable to eat without the aid of tubes. One day, Anna falls from a tree, prompting a near death experience that tests the faith of her parents Christy (Jennifer Garner) and Kevin (Martin Henderson). But as the little girl recovers, a dedicated Boston Children’s Hospital does the unthinkable and cures Anna’s condition. Inspired by Christy Beam’s amazing novel, Miracles From Heaven embodies the religious elements of romanticism for 2016 viewers.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – Release Date: March 25th 2016
Everyone still remembers the fairytale hilarity of 2002’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding, in which Greek spinster Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) defied her family’s wishes and married upper-class American Ian Miller (John Corbett). Now, fourteen years later, the couple must deal with the growing angst of their teenage daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) and the startling realization that Toula’s parents (Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan) were never officially married. Now, with stresses soaring high and an overdue wedding on the way, Toula and Ian put their relationship strength to the test. Written by star and original director Nia Vardalos, Greek Wedding 2 will rejuvenate the Portokalos family magic for a new generation.
Same Kind of Different as Me – Release Date: April 29th 2016
Denver Moore (Djimon Hounsou) endured years of homelessness and hardship as a sharecropper on a plantation in Red River parish, Louisiana. He is eventually saved and made a friend by Deborah Hall (Renée Zellweger) and her husband Ron (Greg Kinnear). But once Deborah begins dying of cancer, the initially strong relationship between Denver and Ron is tested through wide cultural differences, upbringings, and directions in life. But through it all, both men manage to find solace in each other’s friendship, setting an example for all around them. As yet another romantic film adapted from a novel, Same Kind of Different as Me will be one of the year’s best sleeper dramas.
Me Before You – Release Date: June 3rd 2016
Based on the romantic novel by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You addresses the challenge of maintaining strength in the most dire of situations. Will Traynor is a successful businessman with a fast life, a beautiful girlfriend, and an ideal job. But tragedy rears its ugly head and leaves Will a lonely quadriplegic. Two years later, a twenty-something named Louis Clark bumps into the former success story and the unlikely pairing strike up a friendship. Encouraging each other to overcomes the challenges in each others lives, Louis and Will help each other mend their broken spirits and eventually begin to see life in its full beauty once more.