With Costa Rican director Hernán Jiménez in the director’s chair, “Love Hard” is a fascinating foray into the contemporary trenches of online dating. Natalie is a Los Angeles-based online columnist who tells her bloody dating stories under the pseudonym “The Runaway Bridesmaid”. However, when she comes across Josh’s profile, the couple are spontaneous successes.
She’s ready to take the plunge and head to the small town of Lake Placid to surprise Josh. But a surprise awaits Natalie, as well as a lesson in love. Natalie’s story has a happy ending, but in the meantime, if the story has influenced you, we’ve got some more suggestions on hand. You can watch most of these “Love Hard” movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
7. Love Facts (2003)
Director Richard Curtis explores various throes and perils of love in the romantic comedy “Love Actually”. Set against the backdrop of Christmas, the film follows eight London couples and their struggle with love and heartache. A star-studded cast with Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley and Emma Thompson keeps the drama in place. This is Josh’s favorite movie in “Love Hard,” and it borrows a lot, including the proposed title card sequence, from this holiday-themed saga. If you’re looking to revisit rumble romance, this might be the time.
6. I dream in another language (2017)
Directed by Ernesto Contreras, the Mexican drama film “I Dream in Another Language” (“Sueño en Otro Idioma”) is an foray based on intertwined themes of family, love and taboos. The death of a language means the end of a culture and a set of beliefs with it. This film takes place on the borders of these old and new worlds, where love is subjugated and subjugated by a colonial power. In ‘Love Hard’ Josh is just a subject of Natalie, and Martín and Lluvia’s passage in love in this film takes an almost similar path.
5. Research (2018)
In “Searching”, Aneesh Chaganty’s low-budget mystery thriller, social media takes an odd form. After the mysterious disappearance of his daughter, David Kim files a police report. However, when he checks his laptop, his online world reveals a whole host of relevant truths. The effect is jarring, messy, drastic, and the internet’s rabbit hole is only getting worse. If you liked “Love Hard” because of its subdued portrayal of a tech-savvy world, “Searching” will get the message home.
4. Nick & Norah’s Endless Reading List (2008)
Peter Sollett’s “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist”, a black-tinted indie romance adventure, is an underrated classic and deserves a watch, if only for the soundtrack. Nick and Norah, two eccentric and anxious teenagers, form a false couple to escape their circles of friends. Ultimately, they end up having the best night of their life. Michael Cera is effortlessly awkward against Kat Dennings in the main set. In ‘Love Hard’ Josh and Natalie act like a fake couple for a while, and if you’re looking for something similar, this movie will have you reliving your teenage years.
3. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Famous director Rob Reiner’s “When Harry Met Sally” gives you enough belly laughs on his traveling journey. However, it is an absolute heartbreaking in its relatable explorations of the male and female psyche. Ride an emotional roller coaster, where a chance encounter between two eccentric graduate friends ends up being a burden on their backs. Well, love is more complicated than it looks. If this sounds like you in “Love Hard”, this universally resonant film will leave a lasting impression on you.
2. Before Sunrise (1995)
Directed by American maestro Richard Linklater, the yellow-hued romantic black comedy “Before Sunrise” is arguably the best of the director’s “Before” trilogy. Strangers Jesse and Celine spontaneously meet on a train to Vienna and start a conversation. Jesse would leave the next day. So, they plan to spend the rest of the time during his stay together, wandering through the city in the moonlight. This film is an example of how a conversation between two people can captivate the audience. If you’ve found the chemistry between Nina Dobrev and Jimmy O. Yang to be pretty much seamless in “Love Hard,” the chemistry between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy is one of the best onscreen romances written to date.
1. Amélie (2001)
French maestro Jean-Pierre Jeunet breathes cacophonous life into the original French romantic comedy “Amélie”. The captivating portrayal of the main character’s inner world is worth noting. Yet the film finally steals the hearts of audiences with its memorable and loving personalities. Amélie spends her day spreading love, and during this time she embarks on her own quest for love. Audrey Tautou delivers a brilliantly exuberant performance in the lead role, and Yann Tiersen’s tearful score deserves to be revisited. If you liked Natalie’s industrious lover in ‘Love Hard’, you’ll love everything about Amélie.
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