Thursday, February 14, 2013

Romantic comedies

For Valentine's Day, let's discuss everyone's secret favorite movie genre, shall we?  (Because admit it: regardless of romantic status, everyone has a favorite and we all sort of wish we could star in one.)  New York Magazine ran an article yesterday about the tenth anniversary of How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, bemoaning the death of the rom-com and imploring everyone to buy tickets to the next pure romantic comedy that opens at the movies -- even if it's terrible -- as a future investment in the genre.  To which I say, bring on the 42-ounce Diet Cokes and popcorn.  (Speaking of enormous soft drinks: if you need a last-minute gift, any moviegoer would surely appreciate the RunPee app for his or her phone. :))

I long for the glory days of Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, and while they sure don't make 'em like they used to, it's not all bad news, is it?  One of my favorite romantic comedies is the hilariously adorable Fever Pitch (Jimmy Fallon is irresistibly poorly-behaved), and The Five-Year Engagement is great (this scene is hysterical).  Honorable mentions to The Holiday and Love Actually (though I fear Love Actually might be responsible for the Valentine's Day/New Year's Eve genre, which, charitably speaking, is more guilty than pleasure).   
What do you think?  Is the genre really dead, or are there some bright spots from the last decade?  Do you have any all-time favorites?  

PS: Mindy Kaling's  truly hilarious Guide to Chicks in Flicks, a spot-on analysis of the archetypes of romantic comedies.

And happy Valentine's day -- lots of love to you all!  xoxo
Funny Valentine's Day Ecard: Don't forget to leave work early today so that people actually think you have Valentine's Day plans.

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