Valentine’s Day is coming and love is in the air, so are opinions about the genre of the Romantic Comedy. The flock gathers this week to do a little bit of analysis on why the Rom-Com is loathed by some, but also why they work when they do. The Love/Hate dynamic of the genre gets quite a bit of discussion before we get to any recommendations.
The cast of todays show looks for rom coms in all sorts of places. The Vern for instance, wanders around the horror genre and some drama, looking for laughs but there is definitely romance. Jess Manzo goes to Great Britain, New York and the afterlife to find love. Howard Casner has three categories of Rom-Coms that he checks off on his list. Nicole Ayers has John Travolta, Adam Sandler and Morris Chestnut in her list of recommended Rom-Coms. Stephen Palmer finds romance in Hong Kong, South Korea and the 1950s.
In addition to recommendations, we also had some warnings for people. Films where the female lead is a “Bitch” come in for some criticism, no one recommends “Sex in the City 2”. One of our Lambs steps all over a beloved rom-com that launched the modern queen of the genre. Will Smith gets the piñata treatment for a second time by the same guest.
Do you have to be neurotic in order for your character to work in a rom-com? Woody Allen and Albert Brooks certainly seem to suggest it may in fact be a prerequisite.
Digging into the Love/Hate for Rom-Coms 3:53
Warnings- Stay Away from these Rom-Coms 1:36:00
Exit Question/King and Queen of the Rom Com Prom 1:45:40
Howard Pop Art
The Vern Cinema Recall
Stephen Asian Cinema Film Club
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