Who Doesn’t Love a Romantic Comedy? Hollie’s Recommended Rom-Coms for This Weekend

Hollie is not a sappy girl. Not usually. She tries to be a realist, but come on, she’s twenty-five, stuck in relationship that leaves much to be desired … a girl’s gotta get her romance from somewhere. Here’s this week’s recommended escapes … Friday night, we do an all-nighter. Get your jammies! (All summaries from IMDB.)

Leap Year

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Amy Adams is an Army brat whose father also did some amateur acting. She is one of seven children, and apparently suffers from extreme stage fright. Matthew Goode is tall as actors go at 6’2″. A delicious Brit heartthrob, he is daddy to a little girl named Matilda.

Starring Amy Adams, Matthew Goode (yummy), Adam Scott, John Lithgow. Summary: Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland, to propose to her boyfriend Jeremy on February 29, Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a Leap Day must accept it. MANY HIJINKS ENSUE.


Kristen Wiig (her last name is Norwegian), studied art at the University of Arizona before turning to acting. An SNL and Groundlings alumni, Wiig was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012.

Kristen Wiig (her last name is Norwegian) studied art at the University of Arizona before turning to acting. An SNL and Groundlings alumni, Wiig was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012.

Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson, Ellie Kemper, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rose Byrne. A Judd Apatow film so you KNOW it’s going to be awesome. Summary: Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride’s best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef. [You will never look at a bathroom sink the same way. Ever. Again.]

The Proposal

The Proposal

Sandra Bullock loves horses, but is extremely allergic to them. Ryan Reynolds has three brothers, two of whom are police officers, and allegedly failed his high school drama class.

Starring Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Craig T. Nelson, Betty White, Mary Steenburgen. A pushy boss forces her young assistant to marry her in order to keep her Visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada. [So perfect for Hollie! No spoilers. OH! Funny side note: Ryan Reynolds, a Canadian actor, plays an American who has to marry his boss, Sandra Bullock, an American who is playing a Canadian. No irony there!)

BROWNIES, baby … thanks, Martha Stewart!



  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
  • 9 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 9-by-13-inch cake pan; line with parchment paper, allowing 2-inch overhang. Butter parchment. Put butter, chocolate, and cocoa in heatproof bowl set over pan of simmering water; stir until butter and chocolate have melted. Let cool slightly.

  2. Step 2

    Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl. Put sugar, eggs, and vanilla into mixer bowl; whisk on medium until pale, about 4 minutes. Mix in chocolate mixture. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined.

  3. Step 3

    Spread batter into prepared dish; smooth top. Bake until a cake tester inserted into center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in dish 40 minutes. Lift out, and let cool completely on wire rack.

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