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Romantic Comedies Coming to Theaters in 2014

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What's up with romantic comedies? Hollywood just isn't turning them out like they used to, even though there's still a market for romcoms.  Is the problem that there just aren't any dependable box office draws working in the genre any longer now that Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, and Meg Ryan have moved on, or has Hollywood simply given up on funny love stories? Whatever the cause, the result is a 2014 romantic comedy calendar seriously lacking in depth.

'That Awkward Moment'

That Awkward Moment
© Focus Features

Starring:  Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B Jordan

The Plot:  That Awkward Moment is about three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing “moment” in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?

Release Date: January 31, 2014

'At Middleton'

At Middleton
© Anchor Bay Films

Starring: Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco, Peter Riegert, and Tom Skerritt

The Plot: Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga star as straight-laced George and eccentric Edith, two strangers who meet on their children's campus tour at the idyllic Middleton College.  Failing comically to connect with their kids, George and Edith play hooky together, ditching the official tour for a carefree adventure reminiscent of their own college years.  But what begins as an afternoon of fun soon becomes a revealing and enlightening experience that will change their lives forever.  A light-hearted romance for adults on the surface, At Middleton is a deeply moving portrait of roads not taken and the timelessness of youth.

Release Date: January 31, 2014

'The Wedding Pact'

The Wedding Pact
© Spotlight Pictures

Starring: Haylie Duff, Chris Soldevilla, Kelly Perine, and Angie Everhart

The Plot:  On their first day of college, Elizabeth Carter (Duff) met Mitch Becker (Soldevilla) and the two immediately became friends. Although for Mitch, Elizabeth was always more than just a friend. Mitch fell in love with Elizabeth, but hid his true feelings from her. On graduation day, Elizabeth shocks Mitch by making him an “offer he can’t refuse.” She says that if neither one of them is married in 10 years…they should marry each other! Mitch thinks she meant it as a joke, but in the back of his mind he sees it as a sign that she may share his feelings.

Cut to ten years later and Mitch is still single. Not a big surprise since he has never gotten over Elizabeth, who he thinks had gotten married years ago. However, his best friend, Dave (Perine) tells Mitch the marriage never happened so she’s still single. Thinking he’s been given another chance, Mitch drops everything and heads cross-country to take Elizabeth up on her offer. After many hardships getting to her, including a proposition by the vivacious Laura (Everhart) he reconnects with Elizabeth…a week before her wedding! This is going to be more complicated than he thought. But true love cannot be denied, and Mitch sets about making Elizabeth his before she marries the wrong guy.

Release Date: February 4, 2014

'About Last Night'

About Last Night
© Screen Gems

Starring:  Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher McDonald, and Paula Patton

The Plot: A modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.

Release Date: February 14, 2014

'Girl on a Bicycle'

Girl on a Bicycle
© Monterey Media

Starring: Nora Tschirner, Vincenzo Amato, Paddy Considine, Louise Monot, and Stéphane Debac

The Plot: Paolo, a tour bus driver living in Paris, has just summoned up the courage to propose marriage to his flight attendant girlfriend Greta when per chance, he encounters the alluring, mysterious Girl on a Bicycle. Infatuation is immediate. Obsession follows.

Release Date: February 14, 2014

'Barefoot'

Barefoot
© Roadside Attractions

Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Scott Speedman, and J.K. Simmons

The Plot: The "black sheep" son (Speedman) of a wealthy family meets a free-spirited, but sheltered woman (Wood). To convince his family that he's finally straightened out his life, he takes her home for his brother's wedding where an improbable romance blooms, as she impresses everyone with her genuine, simple charms.

Release Date: February 21, 2014

'Walk of Shame'

Walk of Shame
© Focus

Starring: Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs, Bill Burr, and Liz Carey.

The Plot: Walk of Shame stars Banks as an aspiring reporter whose dreams of becoming a network news anchor are compromised after a one-night stand with a handsome stranger (played by Marsden) leaves her stranded in downtown Los Angeles without a phone, car, ID or money – and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.

Release Date: April 25, 2014

'Blended'

Blended
© Warner Bros Pictures

Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews, and Joel McHale

The Plot: After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren and Jim agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week in Blended, the third comedy collaboration between stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

Release Date: May 23, 2014

'Think Like a Man Too'

Starring: Gabrielle Union, Taraji P Henson, Michael Ealy, La La Anthony, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis, Romany Malco, and Gary Owen

The Plot: The plot of the sequel involves the couples getting together for a Las Vegas wedding.

Release Date: June 20, 2014

'10 Things I Hate About Life'

Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Billy Campbell, Janet Montgomery, Elodie Yung, and Thomas McDonell

The Plot: A young woman meets a man while both are attempting to commit suicide at the same “jumping-off point.” Complications ensue when his ex re-enters his life just as he's on the verge of signing a record deal.

Release Date: June 2014

'Two Night Stand'

Starring: Miles Teller, Leven Rambin, Jessica Szohr, and Analeigh Tipton

The Plot: After hooking up for a one-night stand, a couple gets trapped in a tiny apartment by a blizzard.

Release Date: Late 2014

 

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