Romantic comedy style movies are nothing new, they have been around for as long as film has, providing plenty of reasons for women to go see to the movies (do they really need a reason?). The growing trend in movies featuring two lovestruck people in zany situations seems to be steadily ballooning, giving such “gifted” actors like Kate Hudson and Reese Witherspoon a steady line of work – and paycheck.
But we’ve come a long way from the days of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell’s romance in “The Seven Year Itch”.
Now movie producers are looking for ways to wedge romantic plots into anything they can get their hands on – it’s no wonder that there have been more romantic comedies in the last five years than all of the other years of film combined!
What is a “rom com” nowadays?
rom·com [rohm-komm] noun
- a romantic adventure placed in a universe of improbable events
- fanciful; impractical; unrealistic: romantic ideas often mixed with low-grade humor
- a romantic comedy.
- something a man will subject himself to in hopes that he will get sexual favors later
- two people kept apart by some complicating circumstance, both are attractive, yet have some fatal flaw
Without ever really knowing the sheer pain that a man has to endure in order to watch a romantic comedy designed for women, a female movie-goer will never quite understand how terrible these films are, or how questionable the plot points and characters have become. Perhaps they ought to consider trying out some movies made specifically for men?
All that aside, it seems as thought it’s becoming harder to make romantic comedies seem so dramatic anymore, what with both the female and male leads being so overtly Hollywood attractive, which essentially means that most people that look that good will never be linked with another beautiful person. They need to have a reason to be single … but how?!
Enter the fatal flaw
Now it’s not just enough to have pretty leads, unimaginable circumstances, unlikely path crossing, or weird coincidences in a rom-com. Now the seemingly perfect female leads need to have a weakness, a clumsiness to them. After all, it’s not like they could make them ugly or fat – then people wouldn’t want to watch the movie!
Here is a montage of near-perfect woman from rom-coms that are completely and utterly terrible at doing normal daily activities: