Top 5 Best New Romantic Comedy Movies on Netflix 2018

Updated on February 12, 2019
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5 Best New Teen and Young-Adult Romantic Comedy Movies on Netflix of 2018

2018 is a very great year for romantic comedy movies on Netflix. A number of these movies made wave this past year and dominated the screens of the modern day audiences. Today, I'm listing down 5 of the best and most talked about teen and young-adult rom-com Netflix movies of 2018.

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1. To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Released: August 17, 2018

Age Rating: 13+

Blurb: When her secret love letters somehow get mailed to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet high school existence turned upside down. (Netflix)

Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Madeleine Arthur, Emilija Baranac, Israel Broussard and John Corbett

About the Movie

"To All the Boys I've Loved Before" is a movie based on Jenny Han's New York Times Best Selling young adult romance novel with the same name, directed by Susan Johnson. It is about a teenage girl named Lara Jean Covey who has the habit of writing love letters to boys she likes but keeps those letters to herself. She has written five letters in total which mysteriously got sent out. The story circles around Lara Jean, her family, and her complicated, newly found relationships with two of the letter recipients, Peter and Josh.

This film must be one of the most loved romance movies of 2018. It captured the hearts of the young generations and the young at hearts. For some people, this movie can be another boring and cheesy teenage love story with no grand drama or plot twists, but I think it is exactly why the movie was such a hit. It's a refreshing, feel-good movie that is perfect for de-stressing and escaping our own complicated lives. This is a great choice when you are looking for a film to watch after a hectic day or another incredible pick for your regular weekend rom-com binge.

A lot of its hype can also be credited to the book's fanbase. Jenny Han has already written three books in the series before the movie was created and the fanbase was already strong. It instantly became an internet phenomenon that made us ship the lead characters really hard and enjoy the amazing chemistry of the cast on and off screen. I'm personally giving this film ★★★★½.


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2. Set It Up

Released: June 15, 2018

Age Rating: 16+

Blurb: In desperate need of a break from the office, two beleaguered assistants team up to trick their workaholic bosses into falling in love. (Netflix)

Starring: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Taye Diggs, and Lucy Liu

About the Movie

"Set It Up" is a young-adult romantic comedy film directed by Claire Scanlon and written by Katie Silberman. It is about two young people who have spent years being assistants of two demanding bosses. The two meet and create a plot to set their bosses up with each other to finally be free from their very hectic schedules. The film follows their journey of deliberately trying to fix their bosses' messy love lives and eventually fixing their own.

This movie is another funny feel-good love story set in the workplace. It shows a lot of great lessons that many young professionals can relate to. The plot mirrors other classic movies like "Parent Trap" which the film actually referenced in the movie. Some critics say that its formula has been used a lot of times in many romantic comedies yet it still managed to create such a refreshing aura. It may just be another cheesy chick-flick but this film has so much life lessons to learn from. It is totally a movie that all ages can enjoy. And, of course, Zoey Deutch. Do I need to say more? I'm giving this ★★★★.


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3. Dumplin'

Released: December 7, 2018

Age Rating: 13+

Blurb: To prove a point about measuring up and fitting in, Texas teen Willowdean Dickson enters a local pageant run by her ex-beauty queen mom. (Netflix)

Starring: Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, and Odeya Rush

About the Movie

"Dumplin'" is a film directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Kristin Hahn. The story was based on the young adult novel written by Julie Murphy. This movie may be more of a coming-of-age comedy than a romance film, but this movie also has a beautiful refreshing love story. The story is about a plus-sized teenage girl named Will, daughter of a former beauty queen who calls her 'Dumplin''. The movie follows how she joins a beauty pageant as a protest together with her best friend and inspiring two of her schoolmates to do the same.

One of the best parts of the story that I really appreciate is how her mother, though a former beauty queen and a devoted pageant organizer, shows no sign of shame towards her daughter's physical appearance. It breaks the basic stereotypes of pageant moms. Another beautiful thing about the movie is the way the characters have embodied Dolly Parton and her music and let it became one of the sources of confidence of the characters especially Will and her late aunt. It is a story of finding self-acceptance and self-love. It also contains a beautiful love story that would make us realize that we are worthy of being loved whoever we are. I really enjoyed this movie. I'm giving this ★★★★.


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4. Sierra Burgess Is a Loser

Released: September 7, 2018

Age Rating: 13+

Blurb: A wrong-number text sparks a virtual romance between a smart but unpopular teen and a sweet jock who thinks he's talking to a gorgeous cheerleader. (Netflix)

Starring: Shannon Purser, Kristine Froseth, RJ Cyler, and Noah Centineo


"Sierra Burgess Is a Loser" is a teen comedy-drama movie directed by Ian Samuels and from a screenplay by Lindsey Beer. It is about Sierra, a smart teenage girl who does not fit society's standard of beauty yet still finds the strength to believe in herself and not conform to those standards. That changes when a boy named Josh, a jock from another school, messages her and thinks he is actually texting a mean popular girl in her school named Veronica. The story follows how Sierra falls for Josh and how this changes how she deals with insecurity and the relationship she builds with Veronica as she helps her technically 'catfish' Josh.

Personally, I think this can really be a great movie but there's so much wrong with the story and how the movie tries to deliver the messages to the audience. I honestly like how Sierra was first very undeterred by how people like Veronica sees her but very disappointed by how she treated Josh without doing enough to deserve redemption at the end. The ending was definitely not what I have wanted it to be. I really appreciate its message and I really love the cast, cinematography and musical choices. I think this definitely had real potential to be an inspirational teen movie but lost its chance to be one. I'm giving this ★★★.


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5. The Kissing Booth

Released: May 11, 2018

Age Rating: 13+

Blurb: When teenager Elle's first kiss leads to a forbidden romance with the hottest boy in high school, she risks her relationship with her best friend. (Netflix)

Starring: Molly Ringwald, Joey King, Jacob Elordi and Joel Courtney.

About the Movie

"The Kissing Booth" is a romantic comedy film directed by Vince Marcello, based on the novel of the same name by Beth Reekles which was originally published on Wattpad in 2016. It is about a teenage girl named Elle, her best friend Lee and his brother Noah. It revolves around Elle and Lee's friendship rules which includes rule number nine: relatives totally off limits, which Elle breaks after she falls for his best friend's brother.

Despite being a total hit on Netflix as an original teenage romantic comedy movie, this film received a fair amount of negative feedbacks. It is due to the movie being overly cheesy, cringy and clichéd. There are also critics saying that it is sexist and has included toxic stereotypes. These comments are not really surprising because the story was actually based on a Wattpad story that was written by the author when she was only fifteen years old. It was then published by Penguin Random House before being made into a movie. It was really understandable that the story wasn't that perfectly crafted but I just hoped they have revamped and polished the story to fit the standard of a great film. I am giving this ★★★.


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