Skip to comments.What Killed The Romantic Comedy?
Posted on 07/12/2014 8:34:28 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
You know of course that we could never really be friends Men and women cant be friends, because the sex part always gets in the way.
Thats from the 1989 romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally. But you already knew that. Its a famous movie and a famous line, and in the 25 years since Nora Ephrons classic swept the box office, people still love this hilarious and heartwarming tale of true friendship melting into true love.
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“Romance” in the theaters has been of the lavender variety for 2 decades now.
“Art films”, corporate “indie” films, and the major studio comedies.
The hook up mentality killed the romantic comedy.
There is no worse genre of movie.
A lot of genres seem to be dead. Movies are made for kids now and we have to endure one “franchise” release after another.
Dang. Meg is turning into Joan Rivers.
Thank you. Romantic comedies are essentially chick flicks and to be avoided by real men like the plague. Watched only under threat of severe repercussions from female spouse or girlfriend.
Who, exactly, is that meth-adled femme?
Beautiful may age gracefully but cute (at tleast in this case) not so much.
Agreed. There had better be a “reward” for watching this tripe.
Katie Couric says "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Wanna?"
Romance is not a viable concept any longer. It is not politically correct and does not reflect reality. Now it is simply sex on the first date and sex every date. There is no romance allowed. Romance is sexist or something.
Meg Ryan, the queen of romantic comedy.
With the help of some surgical assistance.
Great romantic comedies and romantic movies exist. They just don’t exist in Hollywood.
For several years, I have been watching K Dramas, or dramas made in Korea.
They have wonderful, clean and wholesome plots.
They are technically superior to Hollywood and the actors are far better than Hollywood.
You will get used to the sub-titles quickly.
Take a look at Drama Fever. It is a streaming service and I urge you to give it a try.
I pretty much don’t go to movies any more. After half a dozen instances of going to a movie and after five minutes thinking,”I paid xxdollars to waste my time with THIS?” I kind of stopped going. Forest Gump was the last one I actually enjoyed. I saw the ads and reviews for Alice in Wonderland and thought I might like to see it. It wasn’t plain to me from the hype that it was a Disney. That became obvious within the first few minutes and suddenly I knew how the whole movie would go and how it would end. I was hugely disappointed and the vaunted special effects turned out to be Kewt and no more. That was the last movie I went to.
Right, they are being made. ELSEWHERE. And they don’t get screen time in America in the theaters.
Just as fathers have disappeared from tv commercials, unless (A) they are members of a mixed race family, (B) two gay fathers, or (C) dumber than the 7 year old of the family.
Mainstream films in general aimed at adults have gone out of style. You get a decent indie film every now and then, but the big Hollywood studios are mainly interested in either big budget blockbuster films that feature CGI and a lot of explosions, or animated films aimed at kids.
And besides, if you try to make a good film aimed at adults, you have to find a real screenwriter and then find someone who can act and not just pose for pictures in designer cloths.
Needs more CGI work...
Thanks. Chick needs a sammich and A LOT LESS METH!
I’ve always thoyght that Jim Carey has some culpability in the demise of the RC. I can still take an evening to watch Rock H and Doris D in ^real^ RC.
The wife and I also consider “Gone With the Wind” of the same genre, but we’re different folk.
“Explosions translate into every language. Snappy dialogue, not so much.”
This to the nth degree. CGI and explosions rule the day.
Almost every single movie trailer I see these days is exactly the same: lots of explosions, pulse-pounding music, a sudden silence, and then the name of the movie, occasionally with a final chord at the end.
They look exactly the same. They sound exactly the same. Political correctness has watered down plots to such a degree that they might as well all be the same.
I’ll tell you what, though: Hollywood’s complete lack of imagination has sure made cordcutting easy on me.
I would never have guessed that these “K Dramas” even existed. Thanks for the tip! I’m already used to watching subbed Anime, so I doubt this will be much different from that perspective.
I’ll have to check out Drama Fever later this weekend.
I miss the comedic talents of Doris Day, Meg Ryan, Debbie Reynolds, Jim Garner, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, etc.
IMHO, Doris’s funniest film was The Glass Bottom Boat. Rod Taylor was her romantic interest, but the film had lots of talent in it: Dom Deluise, Paul Lynde, Dick Martin, Arthur Godfrey, etc. One laugh after another. It is a bit dated as it converns top government secrets during the early sputnik days.
Meg was so cute. Why is she not allowing herself to turn into a lovely older woman?
Yep. They are the ones that spend the money and that is ALL that matters in Hollywood. Money. Nothing else.
I notice many movies make more in the international market than the domestic. For some, like Cruise’s new movie the international puts them into profit.
Hard to get good dialogue etc when the studio wants everyone in China to see robots exploding.
I tried watching the Glass Bottom Boat because of the 60s spy thing. I didn’t make it through it.
I liked Frank Tashlin’s Girl Can’t Help It much better (of course that had a great soundtrack to boost it).
Both films had the same director.
I also find Korean dramas to be quite superior and highly enjoyable. Their movies are all excellent too.
Why so serious?
The low standard of Comedy has a big part.
Also, probably playing a bigger part than most realize, the misandric mentality in media in-general. (e.g. the Dad is stupider than the little kid; the man is able to be physically hit [but not the woman]*; etc.)
* — Apparently there is no action that a woman can take wherein she deserves it; she can insult, abuse, betray and even emotionally destroy, but the man has to sit there and take it.
There must be other “Outlander” fans out there in FReeperdom. These well-written long novels by Diana Gabaldon have lots of romance and humor and history and time travel and battles and heroism and sex and violence and something for just about everyone. The series begins in post WWII Scotland, goes back to the highlander era, and eventually moves to colonial and revolutionary-era America.
When Book 8 in the series was released a few weeks ago, it beat out the Hillary Clinton book for the top spot on the NYT Best Seller list.
Book One is currently being filmed as a sixteen episode television series for Starz. First episode will be televised in August.
Barbra, Elvis & Patrick (Swayze) appeared in some decent romcoms. Been a long time though.
What’s cgi? Indie?
Dbl eff KatieCouric.
Forgot to add: Who needs romantic comedies anyway? We have Jerry Springer! Yay!
As far as romantic comedies go, I also like "Kate and Leopold" and "Continental Divide."
Looks like The Joker!
Rock and Doris, those movies probably have some interesting background stories. My mom used to call her the perpetual virgin.
Anime RomComs are the best. Some of my newer faves:
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.
Every time I look through the Netflix lineup I almost puke at all the faggoty films.
If the relationship, as faggotry is, is just about sex, they should just watch a porno.
RCs need a little tension, a little bit of playing hard to get. Getting in bed right away for the obligatory naked scene removes that.
Doris Day was the queen of romantic comedies.
See my tribute to Doris on her 90th birthday:
Doris Day is a living legend, an American treasure- the likes of which we will never see again.
Over the course of her career, Day appeared in 39 films. She was ranked the biggest box-office star, the only woman on that list, for four years (1960, 1962, 1963 and 1964) ranking in the top 10 for ten years (19511952 and 19591966).
She became the top-ranking female box-office star of all time and is currently ranked sixth among the top 10 box office performers (male and female), as of 2012.
She received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Pillow Talk, won three Henrietta Awards (World Film Favorite), received the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award and, in 1989, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.
Doris Day has also released 31 albums, and her songs have spent a total of 460 weeks in the Top 40 charts. She has been awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers. In 2011, she released her 29th studio album, My Heart, which debuted at No. 9 on the UK Top 40 charts. As of January 2014, Day is the oldest living artist to score a UK Top 10 with an album featuring new material.
She could do it ALL; sing, dance, drama, comedy- you name it. If you haven’t seen her in a drama, see ‘Midnight Lace’ [the best crier in the movies] and ‘Love Me or Leave me’- both outstanding dramatic performances.
And, by the way, we may have Doris to thank for the greatest president; Ronald Reagan.
When she was dating him she encouraged him to go into politics.
(What a First Lady she would have made!)