Looking over the list of upcoming 2015 romantic comedies it’s easy to see studios have dramatically cut down on the number of rom coms they’re producing. The majority of the romantic comedies heading to theaters or are slotted as straight to DVD/online releases are independent productions, and few have big names in the lead. The genre’s popularity has decreased and studios no longer have actresses like a Sandra Bullock or a Meg Ryan (remember the days when she headlined rom coms?) that can draw in audiences. Still, fans of romantic comedies aren’t completely left high and dry as there are a sprinkling of intriguing titles on this list of 2015 releases.
2015 Romantic Comedies
(Listed in alphabetical order)
Aloha – May 29, 2015
Starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Murray
Directed by Cameron Crowe
The Plot: A celebrated military contractor (Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love (McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Stone) assigned to him.
Before We Go – To Be Determined
Starring Chris Evans, Alice Eve, and Emma Fitzpatrick
Directed by Chris Evans
The Plot: The film follows the journey of two strangers stuck in New York City for the night. Starting as convenient acquaintances, the two soon grow into each other’s most trusted confidants when a night of unexpected adventure forces them to confront their fears and take control of their lives.
The Dramatics – February 10, 2015
Starring Kat Foster, Scott Rodgers, Pablo Schreiber, Riki Lindhome, Timm Sharp, and Sean Astin
Directed by Scott Rodgers
The Plot: When an out of work actress unexpectedly lands a starring role in the sexually explicit mini-series adaptation of a best selling erotic novel, her aimless, stoner boyfriend does his best to be supportive. But when her volatile, Oscar winning co-lead takes “rehearsals” to far, her dream job becomes her boyfriends worst nightmare and the couple is forced to decide wether or not their relationship is worth fighting for.
The Duff – February 20, 2015
Starring Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Skyler Samuels, Bianca Santos
Directed by Ari Sandel
The Plot: Bianca (Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Samuels & Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison (Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF.
The Last Five Years – February 13, 2015
Starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan
Directed by Richard LaGravenese
The Plot: In this adaptation of the hit musical, The Last Five Years is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie (Jordan), a young, talented up-and-coming Jewish novelist falls in love with Cathy (Kendrick), a Shiksa Goddess and struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through song. All of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes.
The Lobster – March 2015
Starring Colin Farrell, Léa Seydoux, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, and John C. Reilly
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
The Plot: An unconventional love story set in a dystopian near future where single people, according to the rules of the Town, are arrested and transferred to the Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into the Woods. A desperate Man escapes from the Hotel to the Woods where the Loners live and there he falls in love, although it’s against their rules.
Love, Rosie – February 6, 2015
Starring Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, and Tamsin Egerton
Directed by Christian Ditter
The Plot: Since the moment they met at age 5, Rosie (Collins) and Alex (Claflin) have been best friends, facing the highs and lows of growing up side by side. A fleeting shared moment, one missed opportunity, and the decisions that follow send their lives in completely different directions. As each navigates the complexities of life, love, and everything in between, they always find their way back to each other – but is it just friendship, or something more?
Man Up – April 10, 2015 (UK)
Starring Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, and Rory Kinnear
Directed by Ben Palmer
The Plot: Man Up is a romantic comedy about being yourself… or perhaps not being yourself. It’s about taking chances, making decisions and rolling with the consequences.
Manhattan Romance – February 15, 2015
Starring Gaby Hoffman, Katherine Waterston, Tom O’Brien, and Caitlin FitzGerald
Directed by Tom O’Brien
The Plot: In this movie about making a movie, a TV commercial editor is consumed by his latest passion project: a documentary that examines the nature and variety of intimate relationships in New York City. Danny’s fascination with the details of others’ romance is juxtaposed with hilarity and heartbreak to the solitary nature of his own.
Sleeping with Other People – To Be Determined
Starring Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Amanda Peet, and Adam Scott
Directed by Leslye Headland
The Plot: After losing their virginity to each other over a wild one-night stand in college, Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) freak out and go their separate ways. Randomly crossing paths years later, they realize their debaucherous night has had drastic effects on their respective sex lives: Jake is now a scheming womanizer (which sometimes leads to him being pushed into oncoming traffic) while Lainey is forever stuck on the wrong guy (as long as the sex is good). Though they fight to keep their burning desire for one another at bay, Lainey and Jake realize that their explosive chemistry just might be both the cause of and answer to all their problems, if only they could stop sleeping with other people.
This Isn’t Funny – December 2015
Starring Danielle Panabaker, Mimi Rogers, Anthony LaPaglia, Edi Gathegi, and Gia Carides
Directed by Paul Ashton
The Plot: This Isn’t Funny is about about coming to that time in your life when you’re SUPPOSED to have it all together: Know what you want. Know who you are. BUT HOW YOU RARELY DO. It centers around Eliot, a stand up comic with a severe anxiety disorder, and Jamie, a perpetual traveler, brimming with unfulfilled potential. They fall for each other, and their blossoming, then fractured romance forces them to look at their preconceptions about family and identity in different ways.
The Truth About Lies – February 1, 2015
Starring Fran Kranz, Odette Annable, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, and Colleen Camp
Directed by Phil Allocco
The Plot: Fran Kranz plays a hapless thirty-something who tries to impress a friend’s beautiful sister by weaving a web of lies. (per ScreenDaily.com)