Next Projection writes:
Some things are just meant to go together: peanut butter and jelly, marshmallows and hot chocolate, Ashton Kutcher and mediocrity…and of course, romance and comedy. Absence may make the heart grow fonder, but humor makes it grow even fonder-er, apparently. The “Romantic Comedy”, as you know, is a codependent mixture of these two common elements of plot.The RomCom is a driving force at the box office, and really always has been. It continues to put “butts in the seats” as it were, but the genre seems to have fallen on hard times as of late. There have been diminishing returns both financially and critically. There is often too little humor and too much dependence on elaborate setups and improbable character choices to push the plot along. Yet while these films are being met with a growing sense of dissatisfaction and in some instances distaste, I believe there’s still hope for this genre. That’s why I’ve chosen to compile a “State of the Romance/Comedy Union” address. Using only films from the last decade I’ve pointed out a few films I believe illustrate what’s wrong with this genre. But to show that there is still hope, I’ve followed that up with a list of films that demonstrate what I believe are the marks of a successful RomCom.