Enough with the Rom-Com’s already.

We went to the movies this afternoon to see ‘For Your Consideration’ (new Chris Guest movie. I didn’t love it), but it was the previews that really got me. I’m not saying I don’t like previews. How else am I supposed to know what movies I want to see? But seriously, do we really need another cheesy-ass chick flick about finding love in the most unexpected places? Ugh, gag me.

  • First there’s ‘Because I Said So.’ Diane Keaton (who incidentally has amazing legs judging by a 1/2 naked locker room scene in the preview) plays Mom to the mom from Gilmore Girls, the chick from Coyote Ugly, and Mandy Moore. Guess what? They’re all beautiful, incredibly dysfunctional, and neurotic. Keaton butts into their lives because she can’t deal with her own, and meets a guy in the process. How many times have you seen that movie? (and how many times has Keaton made it?)
  • Another aggravating contender: ‘The Holiday,’ with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz. They both easily fit the mandatory Hollywood character description of beautiful, incredibly dysfunctional, and neurotic. My favorite line (don’t read if you haven’t seen the preview) is said during an email exchange between Winslet and Diaz. Diaz writes: “Are there any men in your town?” to which Winslet replies: “NONE.” Okay, none. Great …uh, except she forgets to mention that her brother is Jude F*ING Law! The script is so full of humorous blunders I want to kill myself.

After the preview, my mom leans over and says, “It’s nice to see Jack Black as a leading man.” Sure, that’s great. But he’s a guy. Guys don’t always have to be hot (hello “Beauty & the Geek” and NBC’s “Average Joe”). But when’s the last time you saw an average-to-chubby-or-ugly leading lady? … And no, squinty-eyed-“I gained 20 lbs for this role”-Zellweger in Brigit Jones doesn’t count. Neither does Charleze Theron in Monster.

Okay. Rant complete.

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I'm a YA novelist livin' in fabulous Brooklyn with my husband and our two kitties. I love film making, photography, music, chocolate, sushi, friends, cardio, TV, and a bunch of other crap I can't think of. One published novel, Back Talk, available at Amazon. (and another one in progress!)
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7 Responses to Enough with the Rom-Com’s already.

  1. Andy says:

    I like your rant. Keep up the good work!

    Well, it’s probably not surprising to hear me whole-heartedly concur that rom-coms suck! (Especially since India’s caricature of me from way-back-when is of me saying “rom coms suck!”) The problem with most rom-coms is that the terrible lack of deviation in both plot and casting. The following argument is definitely open to attack on the basis that obviously it’s not my favourite genre, but I feel that there are plenty of tired-old genres in which well-crafted if formulaic movies can really stand out. In particular horror movies tend to stick to a narrow path, and action movies, for example heist movies, have a formula by definition, yet can still be polished enougg that you feel you haven’t just wasted $10.75 and two hours of your life. Examples here would include Ocean’s Eleven, Lock Stock, Sneakers (notably missing would be the dreadul Italian Job remake). And yes, the big stars like Brad Pitt seem to crop up rather often (likewise for horror, where Sarah Michelle Geller is the new Jamie Lee Curtis), but most of the films have different leads with different casts in different roles.

    In contrast rom-coms seem to be dominated at any one time by a few over-exposed stars. Currently it’s Jude Law, who seems to be making seven films a year. In the last few years I’ve groaned at the idea of
    Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant and of course the queen of half-hearted rom-coms Meg Ryan. The scripts are generally pure drivel and the plots are driven by some horrible gimmick (You Have Mail, Forces of Nature, The Wedding Planner – oh I forgot! add J-Lo to the list above!) Most (well, OK, some) of those actors are proven themselves capable of a decent performance in other films/genres/decades.

    Nothing is going to change as long as people keep going to see these movies. The market for this kin of thing is entirely driven by the star attraction. Nobody expects anything in terms of plot or dialogue beyond the boy-meets-girl, boy-and-girl-are-attracted-yet-somehow-unable-to-see-it-or-act-on-it, boy-and-girl-get-together-at-last fill-in-the-dots crap that is prevalent.

    As for ugly guys getting the hot girls, you have to give us some hope (I mean, you have to give them some hope, not me. Cos I’m not ugly. And I already got the hot girl.

  2. jessica says:

    i agree, these movies have all been made a thousand times. love the nickname rom com.

  3. Amy says:

    To understand how bad these flicks must be, put this post in the context of Alex being hands-down the most romantically inclined woman I know. (And also the funniest!)

  4. Amy says:

    too much rom and not enough com?

  5. Amy says:

    the movies, not alex, I mean. Alex is very com.

  6. paul says:

    Probably not diane keaton’s legs, if i had to guess.

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