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The Romantic Comedy Genre Cliche Thread
« on: December 04, 2012, 10:33:36 pm »
Following in the tradition of the other Genre Threads, what are some of the common cliche scenes that appear in the Romantic Comedy genre? As before, be sure to high-lite your scenes in Yellow so that it's easier to pick them out once this thread starts to get long.

Tomboy Girl - This seems to be a given in all Rom Coms that the Tomboy Girl will turn out to be the hottest chick by the end of the flick. Variations are of course are making them very nerdish with Black Rim Glasses.

Opposites Attract - Yes, if they hate each other at the start of the movie, you know they are going to end up together.

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Re: The Romantic Comedy Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2012, 10:47:12 pm »
Did you see "Imagine Me & You?"  It flipped some of the Romcom tropes on the head pretty well, totally not what I expected and quite enjoyable, and not just Piper Perabo and Lena Headey going at it a little.

One thing I tire of is the forced interaction of the opposites, opposites can totally attract but I'm annoyed by stuff like "The Decoy Bride" (which I actually liked, though that's partly due to David Tennant and Kelly MacDonald) where they're stuck together and HAVE to be with each other, put in this artificial pressure cooker where of course over this course of condensed events they will have feelings for each other that naturally will last their whole lives.  I get that movies have to move along at a brisk pace but come on.  I know that they can't have realistic people-get-emotionally-hurt stories like Chasing Amy (that would SUCK, I do want some light romantic fare), but I would like to be surprised by who people end up with, you know?  And everyone always winds up perfectly paired up-- unless there's a hopeless dolty fool (right here!), everyone ends up with someone.  That's gotta change.  Especially in the days of franchises, how great would it be if there was a good romantic comedy where the two scene-stealers get their OWN movie where their romance is front and center?

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Re: The Romantic Comedy Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012, 03:36:22 pm »
Negative Nancy - Usually one or both of the "couples" involved has a friend that tries to break them up or keep them apart through the entire movie for a number of different reasons: Hatred, Jealousy, Possessive, etc....The Girl in the situation has her girlfriend causing trouble and the Dude has his Bro basically  c o c k  blocking him when his "soulmate" is around.
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Re: The Romantic Comedy Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2012, 08:23:10 pm »
I despise the idea of a character who's only there to support the main character.

The woman tends to be a workaholic with no time for love, as if you can't balance that.  Either that or she's a carefree manic pixies dream girl who lets the guy out of his shell.  Patton Oswalt did a great bit about "Hollywood Crazy" vs the real crazy chicks he used to go out with.  It's pretty brilliant.

I pulled up my notes from "This Is War" and forgot how much I hated that movie and all the issues I had with it, wanting to be True Lies but skimping on the action storyline and so on.

 

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