Posted Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at 5:12 PM
Not everyone on Twitter agreed with his selection: When @Slate asked readers to weigh in usingthe #SmartRomCom hashtag, we got dozens of alternate nominations, ranging from the classic ( When Harry Met Sally ) to theintriguingly left-field ( Wall-E ) andon through the facetious ( Alien vs.Predator —or should that be Alien ?sPredator ?)
Kois chose 15 finalists from the pool, using the followingmethodology:
It had to be a romantic comedy,primarily. That is, if you can make an argument that it's primarily or evenequally something else, then
nomatter how good it is
I cut it.That's why there's no
Shaun of the Dead
Out of Sight
(cops 'n'robbers drama), or
The Princess Bride
(fairy tale deconstruction), as good as they are. Most painfully, that's whythere's no
Eternal Sunshine of theSpotless Mind
I can'tmake the argument it's primarily a romantic comedy. Not romantic enough, tootragic. And it was my
of the 2000s!
After that, I just picked movies I loved and/or that had mammoth readersupport.
Now it’s your turn: Which of these movies do you think isthe smartest rom-com in recent memory? You have until 11:59p.m., E.S.T. this Sunday night to cast your vote. We’ll announce the winner onMonday—just in time for you to rent it for Valentine’s Day.