Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, and now we’re getting an idea of the country’s favorite romantic comedies.
The news: A new report from USDish looked into each state’s favorite romantic comedy.
The national winners: Both “Clueless” and “My Best Friend’s Wedding” topped the list across the country, each of them ranking as the top romantic comedies in 12 states.
- “Father of the Bride” finished second with 10 states.
Utah’s winner: “You’ve Got Mail” topped the list in Utah.
The film also ranked high in Kansas, South Dakota and West Virginia.
The other big films: “Notting Hill” won out in one location — the District of Columbia.
- “Pretty Woman” was named the top film only in Mississippi and New York.
- “The Wedding Singer” topped the list in seven states.
The method: USDish created the list based on romantic comedies that debuted from 1990-1999, according to Ranker. The team then put these films into Google Trends to see search volume by each state in the last year.
Flashback: In 2015, a survey from CableTV.com found “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” was the most popular romantic comedy film in the Beehive State. Utah was the only state that ranked the film as the most popular, as I reported for the Deseret News.
The bigger picture: Romantic comedies have been on the decline in recent years, as the films have gone from being “a cheeky, charming and generally family-friendly gem among Hollywood films to becoming the formulaic, sex-filled cash cows of the industry,” as Hillary Bowler wrote for theDeseret News.