The Best New Romantic Comedies of 2021 (So Far)

Including the third installments of To All the Boys, The Princess Switch, and The Kissing Booth.

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The romantic comedy genre may have been satirized, parodied, picked apart, and flooded with heartfelt additions throughout its history but, quite frankly, none of that has been able to diminish the power of a good rom-com. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wonder why you haven't yet had a movie-worthy meet-cute involving an out-of-control rolling dumpster, a log cabin built out of waffles, or an "Over 30" AIM chatroom. And while you certainly could watch the literally flawless Meg Ryan trifecta—When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You've Got Mail, for the uninitiated—or newer entries to the canon like Happiest Season and The Big Sick over and over (cc: me), 2021's slate of new releases may put you in the mood to branch out. This year, we'll get new installments of multiple hit Netflix franchises, plus a handful of musicals, cheesy holiday rom-coms, and even a film in which Blake Lively and Lin-Manuel Miranda play the younger versions of Diane Keaton and Richard Gere—which I can only imagine will be unbelievably delightful, if slightly bizarre. So, without any further ado, here are all the new romantic comedies you'll want to keep on your radar in 2021.

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'To All the Boys: Always and Forever'

Release date: February 12

Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jordan Fisher, John Corbett

Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky have been through it over the years: They were torn apart, first, by a jealous ex-girlfriend, then by a mysterious ex-crush. Now, in the final installment of Netflix's adaptation of Jenny Han's beloved YA series, they'll learn whether their love can withstand the pressures of life after high school.

'The Map of Tiny Perfect Things'

Release date: February 12

Starring: Kathryn Newton, Kyle Allen

Another heart-wrenching yet hilarious teen rom-com, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is a time-loop story in the vein of Palm Springs and Groundhog Day. This time around, Mark and Margaret take advantage of their situation to map out the most perfect moments of the day they keep reliving over and over—until one of them decides to try to break the loop, of course.

'In the Heights'

Release date: June 18

Starring: Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Melissa Barrera

Before there was Hamilton, there was In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda's first widely-acclaimed musical that won four of the whopping 13 Tonys it was nominated for in 2008. It explores the lives of the residents in the fast-gentrifying, largely immigrant N.Y.C. neighborhood of Washington Heights. Keep your eyes peeled for plenty of Hamilton alums peppered throughout the cast, including Lin himself as the piragua guy.

'Cinderella'
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Release date: July 16

Starring: Camila Cabello, Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, Nicholas Galitzine

The latest adaptation of this timeless tale will see the former Fifth Harmony singer take on the lead in her debut film role. She'll be helped along by Fab G, her genderless fairy godparent, played by Billy Porter, and trio of mice-turned-footmen played by John Mulaney, James Corden, and Romesh Ranganathan.

'The Kissing Booth 3'
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Release date: Summer 2021

Starring: Joey King, Jacob Elordi, Joel Courtney

College decisions strike again! Much like the final To All the Boys installment, the third entry in Netflix's runaway The Kissing Booth series will revolve around Elle's decision between joining her boyfriend, Noah, at Harvard or accompanying her best friend, Lee, to UC Berkeley. Good luck with that one, girl.

'The Starling'
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Release date: TBA

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Kevin Kline, Timothy Olyphant, Daveed Diggs

A million thanks to Netflix for saving this screenplay from more than a decade spent in development hell, because it sounds like an instant rom-com classic. It centers on a married couple—played by former Bridesmaids and St. Vincent costars McCarthy and O'Dowd—who are working through shared grief in different ways, including, in one case, becoming ridiculously obsessed with killing a starling that seems to be fixated on wreaking havoc on their backyard.

'Love Hard'
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Release date: TBA

Starring: Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, Charles Melton

Don't you just hate it when you fly across the country to meet your online boyfriend, discover you've been getting catfished for months, then agree to fake-date your catfisher in return for an introduction to the actual guy whose pictures he used to seduce you? Ugh, same.

'The Making Of'
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Release date: TBA

Starring: Diane Keaton, Richard Gere, Blake Lively, Lin-Manuel Miranda

It's unclear whether the premise of The Making Of—an aging married couple begins making a movie romanticizing their life together even as their relationship begins to crumble—or the casting—Keaton and Gere as the older couple, Lively and Miranda as the actors they tap to play their younger selves—is the bigger sell here. But either way, there's no way I'll miss watching it all play out on-screen.

Untitled Alicia Keys Project
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Release date: TBA

Starring: Christina Milian, Jay Pharaoh, Sinqua Walls

Alicia Keys's next foray into producing rom-coms for Netflix may not have a title, but it does have a premise—and a great one at that. In it, Milian plays an aspiring pop star who somehow ends up as the musical entertainment at her ex-fiancé's wedding...which will definitely not get complicated at all.

'The Princess Switch 3'
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Release date: Winter 2021

Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar

Before you get your hopes too high, you should know that Hudgens has already capped the number of Vanessa Hudgenses she can play in a single movie at three. So don't expect to see a fourth lookalike of hers pop up in the third iteration of this perfectly unhinged holiday series. Even so, as evidenced by the first two Princess Switch movies, three Hudgenses are more than enough to stir up plenty of charming hijinks in the span of about an hour and a half.

'A Castle for Christmas'
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Release date: Winter 2021

Starring: Brooke Shields, Cary Elwes

Netflix's next holiday hit will likely arrive in the form of A Castle for Christmas, in which Shields will play a famous American author who goes castle shopping in Scotland, only to be rebuffed by a Scottish duke played by Elwes. Relatable!

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