Posts tagged ‘romantic comedy’

October 4, 2012

10 Rom Com Truisms

Billy Mernit of Living the Romantic Comedy recently compiled a list of 10 romantic comedy truisms with links to his articles supporting and providing advice for each point. If you’re working on a rom com, this list is essential reading:

A few readers have asked me to put all of these “truism” posts, scattered over the past 18 months, in one convenient place for persual.  So be it (just click on the numbers to get to the corresponding links).

# 1:  The primary challenge lies not in creating obstacles to keep the couple apart, but in convincing the audience that these two people truly do belong together.

# 2:  A star can open a romantic comedy, but a protagonist who doesn’t make sense will piss off the movie’s audience forever.

#3:  The depth of your audience’s emotional investment in the central romance is directly proportionate to the size of the story’s stakes.

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#4:  Solve the Woman Problem and you will get rich.

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August 30, 2012

Quote of the Day: Nora Ephron

It struck me that the movies had spent more than half a century saying, They lived happily ever after and the following quarter-century warning that they’ll be lucky to make it through the weekend. Possibly now we are now entering a third era in which the movies will be sounding a note of cautious optimism: You know it just might work. 

April 7, 2011

Rom Coms: Convincing the Audience Your Lovers Belong Together

This recent article from Billy Mernit begins with a rom com truism: “The primary challenge lies not in creating obstacles to keep the couple apart, but in convincing the audience that these two people truly do belong together.” Billy continues:

The current box office hit that you’re not supposed to like – because it’s an Adam Sandler movie – is nobody’s idea of a great romantic comedy.  In fact, due to its derivative pedigree (based on a movie based on a play based on a French play, no less), the project sounds more like the “xerox of a xerox of a copy of a movie” decried by this sobering screed that’s lately been giving Hollywood screenwriters insomnia.

So sue me, but I found parts of it to be LOL funny, despite the usual trademark Sandler homophobia, racism and misogyny, and in terms of What America’s In the Mood For right now, I totally get why it’s doing well.  It’s a tan-bodied, creamy, candy-colored bright shiny object of a movie that’s just sharp enough, at moments, to transcend its retro stupidity and revel in entertaining Guilty Pleasure silliness.  It’s also the best thing Jennifer Aniston’s done in… well, it’s nice to see her in something watchable. 

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