Gooey, soppy, sad, hilarious ... hooray, it’s romcom season

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Gooey, soppy, sad, hilarious ... hooray, it’s romcom season

Can nearly 80 million Netflix account holders be wrong? Of course not!

Miche Peterson

In a world of swiping right, celebrity breakups and family feuds, it’s easy to feel like love is lost. But there’s one place where the geek gets the guy, colleagues choose love over work, and nothing beats a sisterly bond ... Netflix. Celebrate the joys of spring and romance in the air with some good old fashioned romcoms.Nearly 80 million account holders have watched a love story or romantic film on Netflix in the past year – almost two thirds of Netflix’s global audience. And people don’t just watch these titles, they love them: of those members who watched The Kissing Booth, one in three has already watched it again. If awkward first kisses and charming boys from the other side of town are your thing, you’ll love:The Kissing Booth
When Elle Evans, a pretty late bloomer who’s never been kissed, decides to run a kissing booth at her high school’s spring carnival, she unexpectedly finds herself locking lips with her secret crush, ultimate bad boy Noah Flynn.
Sparks fly, but there’s one little problem: Noah just happens to be the brother of her best friend, Lee, and is absolutely off limits according to the rules of their friendship pact.
Elle’s life is turned upside down when she realises that she must ultimately make a choice: follow the rules or follow her heart.Us & Them 
Ten years ago, during the hectic Chunyun (a Chinese holiday) period, two strangers travelling home meet on the train.  What follows is a journey of realising their dreams, love and breakups. Ten years later, these not-so-strangers are reunited on a plane.To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before  
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them … all at once? Lara Jean Song Covey’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the love letters to every boy she’s ever loved – five in all – are mysteriously mailed out.Sierra Burgess is a Loser (arrives September 7) 
A modern romcom retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story set in high school. The story centres on Sierra, an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl in order to win her crush.Alex Strangelove
The story of a well-rounded high school senior with a wonderful girlfriend and a bright future ahead of him – and with plans to achieve his last teenage milestone by losing his virginity. But things get complicated when he meets a handsome and charming gay kid from the other side of town, who unwittingly sends Alex on a rollercoaster journey of sexual identity, kicking off a hilarious and moving exploration of love, sex and friendship in our liberated and confusing modern times.Ali’s Wedding
After a white lie spirals out of control, a neurotic, naive and musically gifted Muslim cleric’s eldest son must follow through with an arranged marriage – except he is madly in love with an Australian-born Lebanese girl. Based on a true story.Catching Feelings 
A dark romantic comedy that follows an urbane young academic and his beautiful wife as their lives get turned upside down when a celebrated hedonistic older writer moves into their Johannesburg home with them.Ibiza 
When Harper’s two best friends tag along on her work trip to Barcelona, they ditch work and fly to Ibiza for Harper, who against her better judgment falls for a hot DJ.Set It UpHarper and Charlie are overworked, underpaid assistants wasting their 20s slaving away for bosses who treat them like dirt and work them round the clock. When they realise that they would have much more free time if the people they worked for weren’t single, they concoct a plan to lure their bosses into a faux romance.Irreplaceable YouThe story of Abbie and Sam, best friends since childhood  and engaged to be married, whose lives come crashing down when Abbie is diagnosed with cancer and tries, in many humorous ways, to find Sam a new love.Like Father
When a workaholic young executive is left at the altar, she ends up on her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with the last person she ever expected: her estranged and equally workaholic father. The two depart as strangers, but over the course of a few hilarious adventures, a couple of umbrella-clad cocktails and a whole lot of soul-searching they return with a renewed appreciation for family and life.The Week Of 
A devoted middle class father is determined to pay for his daughter’s wedding despite the prodding of the wealthier father of the groom. A series of calamities forces the dads (and their families) to come together and endure the longest week of their lives.

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