Charming, quick, and at times very funny (thanks to great performances by Jake Johnson, as Thurman's very drunk brother, and Lee Pace, as her pompous betrothed), Ceremony ends up painting a surprisingly complicated picture of why people decide to get married. Good Dick (2009)This is easily the darkest film on the list.
Written, directed, and starring Marianna Palka, the film follows an employee at a video store (Jason Ritter) who tries to woo a recluse (Palka) by bringing porn to her apartment.
Ever the semiotics major, with The Baxter, Showalter (who wrote, directed, and starred) explored the tropes of the genre a bit more earnestly. The First Time (2012)You cannot underestimate chemistry, and man, do Dylan O'Brien and Britt Robertson have it here.
Specifically, it's about what he calls "the Baxter," which are those perfectly fine guys in romantic comedies, like Bill Pullman in Sleepless in Seattle, whom the female protagonist leaves to be with the actual male protagonist. Have you ever had a moment while watching a movie when two actors come into frame together and you just want to shout at the screen for them to start kissing already?
Here is a list of 27 great indie romantic-comedies from the last ten years.