A lot depends on how loud you plan to play your speakers, but the "150% rule" does seem to me to be overkill.
A home theater system would need an amp/speaker combo capable of greater dynamics than a music only system, but I think you'd be really surprised how little your amp has to work to play loud. If the input/output impedances of your electronics are well matched and your speakers have a mild impedance curve and are fairly efficient, 10 watts could conceivably be sufficient.
My ProAc Responses 2.5s are manufacturer rated at 25-200 watts. I've used different amps including solid state amps rated to 250wpc, but am currently enjoying most a 37wpc Bel Canto SET40 tube amp.
I'm a definite believer in quality over quantity. That said, there are a lot of quality high powered amps out there.