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Sunday is a day for relaxing. We’re sure most of the country has spent the day at the beach, sunbathing in the park, or enjoying a barbecue at home.

Don’t get us wrong, we love the sunny weather, but we must admit that it can leave us feeling exhausted.

After spending the day working on tanning our pasty pale legs, all we want to do is curl up on the sofa with a glass of wine and a classic rom-com on TV.

Thankfully, RTÉ 1 have got our Sunday night movie covered as they are streaming one of Julia Roberts’ best movies tonight.

This 1990 classic has a strong female lead, the dreamy love interest, a kickass soundtrack and a complicated love story, what more could you ask for?

Pretty Woman is one of the most iconic romantic comedies and there’s no doubt that we’ll be tuning in tonight.

The film follows the complicated love story of a millionaire and a prostitute. Gere’s character decides to hire prostitute Vivian, who is the perfect partner to accompany him to lavish work events. Much to his surprise, he starts to develop feelings for her. The pair come from completely different worlds, but as the saying goes, opposites attract.

Pretty Woman has a stellar cast with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere taking on the lead roles. It also stars Jason Alexander, Laura San Giacomo, Ralph Bellamy and Hector Elizondo.

You can watch Pretty Woman on RTÉ1 tonight at 9:30 pm.



We’ve all been there. Getting weepy at the end of a romcom when the big romantic gesture is finally displayed and wondering, “Why won’t someone do that for me?”

But just ask yourself… would you really want them to?

Let’s get real – if someone started throwing rocks at our window in the middle of the night just as we’ve being receiving a bunch of anonymous love letters, we’re not swooning. We’re calling the police.

Here are the top ten romantic movie gestures that, in real life, would most likely end with a restraining order.

1. Say Anything: Aside from being super annoyed that we've just been woken up in the middle of the night, seeing a man standing in a long trench coat outside our window is definitely cause to hit the panic button. 

2. Titanic: A guy we just met asks us to stand on the edge of a moving ship… *alarm bells*

3. Bridget Jones's Diary: Oh yeah, read her diary and disappear with no explanation. That's the way to win her heart. 

4. The Notebook: So, the guy who's heart you broke wants to row you out into the middle a deserted lake… We're just saying. 

5. Love Actually: Your hubby's BFF shows up at your door declaring his love for you WHILE he knows your husband is inside. The term 'cruisin for a bruisin' has never seemed so fitting. 

6. Never Been Kissed: After lying about her age and a million other things, Josie takes an ad out in the newspaper to ask her former teacher to meet her in a baseball stadium to be her first kiss… How do you think the men YOU know would respond to this?

7. Sleepless in Seattle: That's a great idea – queue for three hours in one of New York's busiest tourist attractions for a date that may never show. 

8. The Graduate: You've just tied the knot when the man who was sleeping with your mother shows up, starts screaming your name and waving a crucifix at your friends and family before he locks them in a church.

9. Big Fish: What would you really do if a stranger showed up at your house saying that he's tried to follow you for years… 

10. 10 Things I Hate About You: There is no man in the world that could publicly sing to us in front of our entire school that wouldn't make us want to crawl under a rock. 




Ah, the romantic comedy. Like them or loathe them, they’ve taught us quite a few lessons about love and life, for example:

If you hate him at first, you probably love him really
You know that really annoying guy in your office? The one you absolutely hate? Well, he actually loves you. And you will love him too! Just wait.

The bad boy is just waiting to be tamed by a nice girl
All a bad boy needs to tame him is a nice girl. As soon as you come along, he’ll be a changed man! We promise. Just look at what Belle did for Beast!

If the popular guy acts like he likes you, it’s probably a bet
But don’t worry, all you have to do is…

Take off your glasses and you’ll be transformed!
Oh my God! Who IS that girl? As soon as you take off your glasses, or take down your ponytail, all the guys will want you. And then the bet won't matter, he'll want you anyway!

It’s possible to drive a car and stare at your passenger
Not a romantic comedy exclusive, but who knew it was possible to stare at your passenger and not crash into a tree? Amazing stuff!




Daniel Radcliffe says most romantic comedies are “lame”.

The 24-year-old Harry Potter star is stepping outside of his comfort zone by taking on the lead in romantic comedy What If.

He plays medical school drop-out Wallace, who has been unlucky in love until he meets the stunning Chantry.

The problem is, she already has a boyfriend, but they soon start to wonder if they could be more than just friends!

Daniel didn’t see Wallace as a kindred spirit, until he realised they share one annoying quirk.

“On the second page of the script, he corrects somebody’s pronunciation of a word, and I thought, ‘Oh God, I’m this a**hole,'” he said. “I’ve gotten better, but it’s like I’ve got some version of grammatical Tourette’s. I can’t hear someone make a mistake without wanting to correct them.”

The actor calls What If  his “first foray into the 21st century” and says he prepared by watching his favourite romantic comedy, 1981’s Arthur.

“It’s really, really funny,” he said of the Dudley Moore classic. “In so many romantic comedies the humour is kind of lame.”

Maybe don’t tell your director that Daniel!