The romantic comedy is a really interesting type of movie. It usually follows the boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, break up and then get back together formula. I don’t think the problem with rom-coms is that they give unrealistic expectations. I know when I’m watching a rom-com that this is not how real life works.
It would just be nice to see a rom-com that actually makes sense in real life. Romance is funny and weird and complicated, and I’d love to see a romantic comedy that touches on real things. We’re starting to see a little bit more of that now. Friends With Benefits and No Strings Attached show how complicated it is to be FWB because feelings do happen. Maybe we’ll start seeing more of that, but I can’t get over these rom-coms that never would have panned out.
50 First Dates
Yeah, no. It's really cute that Henry likes Lucy so much that he'll keep refreshing her memory over and over. If Lucy's amnesia issues were that serious, she would be in treatment, not living with her family who keeps recreating the last day she remembers. I'm not a brain expert, but that does not seem conducive to healing.
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
This is one of the most popular rom-coms ever, which really irritates me. Real people do not consent to date other people because of some weird situation with their job. Real people also do not fall in love in ten days, especially after finding out about all of those insane lies and circumstances. And taxi chases do not happen.
No way. Look, one night stands happen all the time so that makes sense. The getting pregnant thing is also plausible, but after a one night stand, most people I know would take a Plan B or at least check their surroundings for a condom wrapper. I don't see this pregnancy actually even happening, and I definitely don't see some random people falling in love because all of a sudden they're pregnant. Nope.
This is one of my favorite movies, but half of these relationships would never pan out in the real world. You can't fall in (real) love with someone you don't speak to a la the guy from The Walking Dead who is in love with Keira Knightley's character. Also, real people do not do anything to pursue their best friend's wife. Colin Firth's character falls in love with his maid, who he also can't speak to because they don't speak the same language. But he loves her anyway. No, he is heartbroken from his wife's affair with his brother and needs a rebound. Liam Neeson definitely could be with Claudia Schiffer though.
Yes, there are prostitutes who fall in love and get out of the sex industry. But not in a week.
I love Serendipity, I really do. I also love the idea of chance and fate and all that jazz. But two people would not call off their weddings to go to New York to search for a book and a $5 bill. And they don't even know anything about each other so the probability of them working out in the long run is very low.
When dealing with matters of visas, you do not get surprise letters in the mail that you're being deported. You know when your visa expires. You know that you have to renew your visa.
The Wedding Planner
This is a terribly uncomfortable movie again set around the premise of the "OMG we just met and I love you!" No. Steve almost cheated on his fiancee with Mary after saving her life. When Mary realizes she's planning Steve's wedding, she doesn't think "Wow what a jerk, he almost cheated on his soon-to-be wife with me after knowing me for five seconds," which would have been a real reaction.
What do you think of the above movies? Do you think these relationships would have worked out in real life? What other rom-coms wouldn’t have worked out? Tell us in the comments!