Romantic Comedies: Movie Genre Analysis

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  • Romantic Comedies:Movie Genre Analysis

  • What is a Romantic ComedyLighthearted movie genre where two people, usually a man and woman, fight over obstacles (often very funny obstacles) to finally find true love in the endAre all Romantic Comedies the same?

  • Top 10 Romantic Comedies(1978-present)10) Sweet Home Alabama 9) Coming to America 8) Bringing Down the House 7) As Good As It Gets 6) Runaway Bride 5) Theres Something About Mary 4) Pretty Woman 3) Hitch 2) What Women Wantand the #1 Romantic Comedy

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding!Movie Trailer:

  • Where do romantic comedies take place?Common Settings:WeddingsHitchThe Wedding SingerParents HouseMeet the ParentsFailure to LaunchVacationSix Days, Seven NightsThe HolidayWork (often at a magazine)How to Lose a Guy in 10 DaysNever Been Kissed

  • What do Romantic Comedies Look Like?The Meet Cute: Two potential lovers encounter each other in a quirky/comical/unexpected eventEx: SerendiptyIt Happened One NightThe Wedding Planner

  • What do Romantic Comedies Look Like?

    2. The Mistaken Identity: There a is a fundamental misunderstanding (intentional or accidental) about who a person isEx: 50 First Dates Maid in Manhatten Shallow Hal

  • What do Romantic Comedies Look Like?3. Sexual Tension: The postponing of consummationEx: The Sweetest Thing No Reservations 10 Things I Hate About You

  • The Language of Romantic ComediesDialogue must be witty and elicit laughterBut it also must pull on viewers heartstrings

    Characters must use a realistic, conversational toneBut appropriate emotional music should also be playing in the background

  • The Language of Romantic ComediesIm just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her. Notting Hill

    Dancing is just a conversation between two people. Talk to me. Hope Floats

    When they asked me what I liked best, Ill say it was you. City of Angels

    You had me at hello Jerry Maguire

  • Being Critical Of Romantic ComediesRomantic Comedies often promote the following values:Heterosexuality and marriage is the normYou are alone and uncompleted if singleYou have one true love

  • The EndAnd they live happily ever afteror at least till the credits ended.