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What Killed The Romantic Comedy?
THE FEDERALIST ^ | 11 JULY 2014 | RACHEL LU

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 can’t be friends, because the sex part always gets in the way.”

That’s from the 1989 romantic comedy, “When Harry Met Sally.” But you already knew that. It’s a famous movie and a famous line, and in the 25 years since Nora Ephron’s classic swept the box office, people still love this hilarious and heartwarming tale of true friendship melting into true love.

(Excerpt) Read more at thefederalist.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: culturewar; heterophobia; hollyweirdvalues; hollywood; movies
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1 posted on 07/12/2014 8:34:28 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Teh gheys.

“Romance” in the theaters has been of the lavender variety for 2 decades now.

“Art films”, corporate “indie” films, and the major studio comedies.


2 posted on 07/12/2014 8:37:30 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

The hook up mentality killed the romantic comedy.


3 posted on 07/12/2014 8:37:31 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I want to revisit the film.
4 posted on 07/12/2014 8:40:14 AM PDT by eizverson22
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

faggery


5 posted on 07/12/2014 8:40:59 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

There is no worse genre of movie.


6 posted on 07/12/2014 8:41:03 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
This may have played a part...


7 posted on 07/12/2014 8:44:27 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

A lot of genres seem to be dead. Movies are made for kids now and we have to endure one “franchise” release after another.


8 posted on 07/12/2014 8:46:32 AM PDT by Cry if I Wanna
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Dang. Meg is turning into Joan Rivers.


9 posted on 07/12/2014 8:46:36 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Ugh.


10 posted on 07/12/2014 8:46:54 AM PDT by Cry if I Wanna
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To: EEGator
"no worse genre"

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.

11 posted on 07/12/2014 8:47:26 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Who, exactly, is that meth-adled femme?


12 posted on 07/12/2014 8:47:43 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Beautiful may age gracefully but cute (at tleast in this case) not so much.


13 posted on 07/12/2014 8:48:08 AM PDT by Cry if I Wanna
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To: Charles Martel

The Joker?


14 posted on 07/12/2014 8:49:35 AM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: driftless2

Agreed. There had better be a “reward” for watching this tripe.


15 posted on 07/12/2014 8:50:22 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Cry if I Wanna
Beautiful may age gracefully but cute (at tleast in this case) not so much.

Katie Couric says "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Wanna?"

16 posted on 07/12/2014 8:51:39 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


17 posted on 07/12/2014 8:51:53 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Meg Ryan, the queen of romantic comedy.


18 posted on 07/12/2014 8:55:19 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Cry if I Wanna

With the help of some surgical assistance.


19 posted on 07/12/2014 8:55:45 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: a fool in paradise

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.


20 posted on 07/12/2014 8:56:18 AM PDT by Oak Grove (H)
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To: Charles Martel

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.


21 posted on 07/12/2014 8:57:28 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: Oak Grove

Right, they are being made. ELSEWHERE. And they don’t get screen time in America in the theaters.


22 posted on 07/12/2014 9:02:26 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Oak Grove

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.


23 posted on 07/12/2014 9:03:26 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


24 posted on 07/12/2014 9:03:46 AM PDT by Stevenc131
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Needs more CGI work...


25 posted on 07/12/2014 9:04:34 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

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.


26 posted on 07/12/2014 9:05:59 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Boring movies


27 posted on 07/12/2014 9:08:59 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“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.


28 posted on 07/12/2014 9:15:05 AM PDT by Cato in PA (Resist!)
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To: Oak Grove

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.


29 posted on 07/12/2014 9:18:43 AM PDT by Cato in PA (Resist!)
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To: a fool in paradise

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.


30 posted on 07/12/2014 9:20:17 AM PDT by Gumdrop (~)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Boredom.


31 posted on 07/12/2014 9:21:13 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Meg was so cute. Why is she not allowing herself to turn into a lovely older woman?


32 posted on 07/12/2014 9:21:29 AM PDT by Gumdrop (~)
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To: Cry if I Wanna

Yep. They are the ones that spend the money and that is ALL that matters in Hollywood. Money. Nothing else.


33 posted on 07/12/2014 9:21:48 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Cato in PA

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.


34 posted on 07/12/2014 9:22:03 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Open Borders, pro-terrorist, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Gumdrop

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.


35 posted on 07/12/2014 9:22:37 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Oak Grove

I also find Korean dramas to be quite superior and highly enjoyable. Their movies are all excellent too.


36 posted on 07/12/2014 9:23:37 AM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: right way right

Why so serious?


37 posted on 07/12/2014 9:33:46 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Honestly?
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.


38 posted on 07/12/2014 9:41:22 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


39 posted on 07/12/2014 9:49:38 AM PDT by StayAt HomeMother
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

Funny...

Barbra, Elvis & Patrick (Swayze) appeared in some decent romcoms. Been a long time though.

What’s cgi? Indie?

Eff Hollywood.

Dbl eff KatieCouric.


40 posted on 07/12/2014 9:59:30 AM PDT by BigIsleGal (Wake Me Up When the Stupid Wears Off)
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41 posted on 07/12/2014 10:00:04 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: BigIsleGal

Forgot to add: Who needs romantic comedies anyway? We have Jerry Springer! Yay!


42 posted on 07/12/2014 10:02:24 AM PDT by BigIsleGal (Wake Me Up When the Stupid Wears Off)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Agree about the franchise part. It seems today that they won't make a movie if they haven't already figured out how to do 2, 3, and 4.

As far as romantic comedies go, I also like "Kate and Leopold" and "Continental Divide."

-PJ

43 posted on 07/12/2014 10:06:51 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Looks like The Joker!


44 posted on 07/12/2014 10:07:55 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Rock and Doris, those movies probably have some interesting background stories. My mom used to call her the perpetual virgin.


45 posted on 07/12/2014 10:12:37 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Farmer Dean
The hook up mentality killed the romantic comedy.

Yup. We rarely watch newer movies. My wife wanted to watch an older "light" movie, and we liked the "Thin Man" movies so I looked for something free on YouTube. I cam across "Double Harness" with William Powell. Turns out it was pre-Hayes Code, and some strategic "hooking up" happened, and ruined everything for a good chunk of the movie. After we determined that ALL the characters were selfish twits, we decided not to watch to the end, as we didn't care about their fates.
46 posted on 07/12/2014 10:12:51 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: Cato in PA

Anime RomComs are the best. Some of my newer faves:

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
Nisekoi
Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.


47 posted on 07/12/2014 10:22:48 AM PDT by bakeneko
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To: Sacajaweau

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.


48 posted on 07/12/2014 10:25:24 AM PDT by bakeneko
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


49 posted on 07/12/2014 10:26:55 AM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie; Gumdrop; a fool in paradise; All

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Doris Day was the queen of romantic comedies.
See my tribute to Doris on her 90th birthday:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3140772/posts

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 (1951–1952 and 1959–1966).
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!)

.
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50 posted on 07/12/2014 10:45:56 AM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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