Quick Picks from CMCL

November 5, 2012

Off the Shelf: Romantic Comedy Redux

Filed under: Movies, Off the Shelf — Tags: , , , , — Mark @ 10:28 am

I’ll admit it, I love romantic comedies. However, like any genre of film there are good romantic comedies and then there are I-just-wasted-two-hours-of-my-life romantic comedies. Here are a few I believe fall into the earlier category.

Why Did I Not See This Sooner

The Mirror Has Two Faces

I went most of my life without seeing a Streisand film; it only took a few moments to realize what all the fuss was about. Streisand stars alongside the phenomenal Jeff Bridges in this tale of two people who decide not to let love complicate their marriage.

Side note: It is my belief that people of a certain persuasion (that is, people that like “chick flicks”) will enjoy any movie with a makeover or someone trying on a bunch of different outfits (Pretty Women, 27 Dresses, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, etc.) I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but someone may get gussied up by the end of The Mirror Has Two Faces.

Contemporary Classics

The Holiday and Crazy Stupid Love

Both these movies were released in the 2000s, when (let’s face it) most movies are far from fantastic. However, both of these movies were so enjoyable I’d venture to say they will rank high in the pantheon of rom-coms. It’s two for the price of one, when both Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet find love in The Holiday. If you haven’t seen Crazy Stupid Love, then you probably don’t have a crush on Ryan Gossling. Watch it and you will.

Sublimly Silly

The Awful Truth and My Man Godfrey

In contrast to the last entry, both these films were made in the 1930s. In My Man Godfrey a rich socialite falls in love with the homeless man she hired as her butler in order to win a scavenger hunt (I told you it was silly,) but there’s more to this man than she originally thought.

It was while watching the crazy high-jinx in The Awful Truth that I realized romantic comedies are a filmmaking tradition. They are formulaic and predictable and have been since the beginning. After all, it is the comfort of the expected in an otherwise unpredictable world that makes romantic comedies so enjoyable in the first place.

Times They Are A-Changin’

You’ve Got Mail and DeskSet

One of my favorite things in movies in general is really outdated technology. You’ve Got Mail is set during the dawn of the internet, which provides for many chuckles. DeskSet was made in 1957 and features a room-sized computer that rivals today’s best search engines. It should make you laugh while you watch Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey fall in love.

I hope you borrow a few of these films from the library and enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed recommending them.

-Sarah

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