Recently, I have been enjoying 1990s “romcoms”

Recently, I have been enjoying 1990s “romcoms”



  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • The Runaway Bride
  • How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days
  • Love Actually

As a seventeen-year-old who was not even alive when most of these were released, I whole-heartly wish people would make movies like the 1990s–2000s rom coms again. They are graced with the right amount of movie magic—enough to make you think these fairytale plots could happen in the modern day and not so much that you get sick with cheesy lines and a sugar-coated world (think Hallmark Christmas).

The scenes of New York and small towns are dreamy. It’s all beautifully cinematic. Not to mention their ability to bring joy and, as one of my friends once said, “warm fuzzy feelings.”

You may be thinking that of course a 17-year-old girl would love a romcom. I’m sure some of the reasons you can conjure up are true, but for me, there’s another element of appreciation beyond being a lovesick teenager: the hope (not for love, not for a wild life in New York city nor for the top job at a big company).

Instead, I appreciate the hope that there will forever be consistent comforts in this world in addition to people believing in romance and humanity enough to put pen to paper and camera to scene.

Especially in the month of Valentines, a month so dedicated to romantic relationships, I always like to invest and appreciate the other relationships I have. My mother and I love chocolates and we are always buying new flavors and brands from the store. What I love about our relationship is that we always reach for the others’ favorite flavor first or pick up sweet treats for each other when we are out and about.

I love the care people have for one another on the day-to-day. Romcoms encapsulates this idea of giving and finding that real, one-of-a-kind connection and letting it grow day by day.

So, I’m going to watch a lot of romcoms this month and try to live in their spirit. Happy Valentine’s Day or, to fall into the idea of everyday romance, Happy Month of Love.


Elisabeth Dellit is an 11th Grader at Jesuit High School. She enjoys reading, writing creative stories, baking/cooking and participating in her school’s drama program.