Frank Whaley romantic comedies you probably forgot about

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Pursuit of Happiness (2001)

Just to eliminate any confusion, this is not the award-winning 2006 film staring Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith. While Whaley’s rom-com of almost the same name may not have as serious of a tone, the message is still the same–happiness is a basic human right, but it’s up to the individual to make it happen.

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Directed by John Putch–who also directed the TV series Scrubbs and Cougar Town–Pursuit of Happiness tells the story of an advertising executive named Alan who appears to have zero luck in the love department. On top of his most recent break-up, Alan is also about to be fired from his job. In a last-ditch effort for survival, he seeks the guidance of his long-time friend Marissa (Annabeth Gish).

But long-time friend might be an understatement, as Alan and Marissa have been friends since they were five years old. As Marissa tries to save Alan from the black hole that is his work and failed relationships, the two best friends start to fall in love. While that might seem like a cookie-cutter, heartwarming love story, the situation is much more complicated, as Marissa is married to Alan’s cheating co-worker.