Ah, romance. So often the bane of couples when your girlfriend pulls out a sappy romantic comedy, it’s easy to overlook the presence of worthwhile entries in the genre. The chronicle of a forbidden love succeeding against the odds or a couple dealing with the dangers of obsessive relationships can pull at your heartstrings and warm your soul no matter how cold.
2010 was a year of unconventional romances, perhaps the most interesting kind. Whether it was a hipster overcoming his girlfriend’s emotional baggage (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), a divorcee dealing with his lady friend’s grown son (Cyrus), or a shy boy becoming attached to that bad girl next door (Let Me In), unusual love was in the air. Which film ended up winning the hearts of our writers? Click through to find out!
It’s Blue Valentine, crossing the finish line well ahead of its competitors and taking home the coveted Flixie award. Our voters were impressed by this tragic love story, a tale of passion on the rocks and the dissolution that follows. The strong performances managed to beat out the surprisingly frigid romance of Scott Pilgrim and the macho bromance of The Expendables. Congratulations Blue Valentine — now stop breaking our hearts!
Blue Valentine – 5
The Expendables – 2
Cyrus – 2
I Am Love – 2
Let Me In – 1
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – 1
She’s Out of My League – 1