Ah, the romantic comedy, it’s an enduring sort that truly has was standing the test of time. Many of us have grown up with classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s or vivid musicals such as Easter Parade or My Fair Lady. These movies capture the sweetness of romance. They have idealised ideas about finding ‘the one’; Boy meets girl on a chance encounter, boy and girl must overcome obstacles to be together, girl is eventually swept off her feet : cue long, constant Showmanship kiss.
Romantic comedies today adopt a similar plot structure. However, the ‘boy meets girl’ part is been shown to be extremely more difficult. Modern romantic comedies take a more cynical view of the demos and difficulties of finding you to definitely love. Below are some of the best modern romance movies.
No. 1 : Bridget Jones (2001)
When Bridget Jones was designed to the big screen from Sue Fielding’s book of the same name, it did actually define an entire generation of thirty-something women haunted by their fully ticking physical timepiece and ‘smug married’ friends. Bridget, played by Renee Zellweger, is single and desperately looking for love. She’s overweight, her physical timepiece is ticking and she records her hopes, dreams, frustrations and failings in a journal. She also sleeps with her philandering boss, blinded by his charm. She then meets a good-looking family friend, the aptly named Mr (Mark) Darcy (Colin Firth), a man she immediately detests, but who she comes to realise is just the kind of man she was searching for all along.
Bridget’s search for love demonstrates how hard it can be to meet people in a modern society and the stigma once attached to single men and women of a certain age, while simultaneously liberating them to embrace their singleness : which if we’re to trust Bridget, will eventually lead to love. After all, she makes many mistakes along the way, but she still gets her man in the end!
No. 2 : Must Love Dogs (2005)
This very modern romantic comedy delves into love in the age of the internet, with a forty-something women seeking the man of her dreams. Like Bridget Jones, Danny (Diane Lane) is looking for love and finding it increasingly difficult. She thought she had found her man for life, until he left. Stimulated on by her interfering family, she decides to try online dating. After some odd and defeated dates : including accidentally answering her own dads personal add : she comes to realise that the first man she met online, Mack (John Cusack), is actually the man for her. Like Bridget, Danny struggles through the demos and difficulties of finding ‘the one’ but she too gets her man in the end; appearing that in this day and age you need to kiss (or flirt online) with a lot of frogs before you find your dictator.
No. 3 : Hinderance (2005)
Will Smith plays Alex Hitchens (Hinderance), a ‘date doctor’ who engines men unlucky in love in the art of wooing another sex. However, he is shown to struggle himself when it comes to finding love. For example, when he meets the stunning Danny (Eva Mendes), his elaborate choice of date venues fall apart and his silver tongue fails to empress, so Hitchins begins to question whether his way is using find love. Hinderance contradicts the idea that one can be ‘lucky in love. woul The idea of paying for help to find ‘the one’ offers an interesting insight into the difficulties of finding a sustainable relationship nowadays. Using a date doctor to teach you in the art of dating is especially unnatural. This way of finding a relationship is an extreme and typically modern solution that is shown to also be a failing one, as in the end, Hinderance gets his girl just by being himself.
No. 4 : He’s Just not That In to You (2009)
We all remember that scene in Sex and the City where Miranda over learns two ladies talking about a man who isn’t calling and informs them that ‘He’s just not that into you’ : well this is a lot like that, but with 120 minutes worth. In He’s Just not That In to You, a movie actually inspired by a self-help book, Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) is looking for love and sets from a series of fruitless dates. She repeatedly misinterprets the signs that these men are not interested in her, thinking that they are. This is until she gets some much-needed advice from Alex (Justin Long). As he helps her to be ‘in the know’ in what men really mean when they text but never call or continually give her false hope, they eventually fall for one another. Gigi motivates the other characters in the movie to tackle problems in their own relationships. He’s Just not That In to You demonstrates love is now a complicated game and the great need of reading between the lines and what it means to understand another sex : and how all of this can lead to difficulties locating love.
No. 5 : Bridesmaids (2011)
Bridesmaids is the most recent on this list and arguably the most successful and unique, but perhaps that’s because it’s not primarily about love but friendship. Annie (Kristen Wiig) is yet another character who is defeated in love. Her boyfriend left her when she lost her business and now she’s been having casual sex with a disinterested man. Although this film is primarily about friendship amongst women, as Annie struggles with the large task of getting her best buddy’s wedding up against the interference of another friend, Annie’s isolation and struggle to find love is paramount. She eventually meets Nathan (Chelsea O’Dowd) and despite turning him down, realises her mistakes and gets her man. Bridesmaids also demonstrates : as does Sex and the City : that while seeking love in the overly busy world of today you need good gals by your side : from the demos and difficulties of the early stages down to orchestrating the madness of your wedding day!
Yesterday’s Holly Golightly is today’s Bridget Jones. The modern-day man or woman who is looking for love can relate to the characters and their plights. These movies tell us that it can be hard to find ‘the one, woul with many opportunities to make mistakes along the way, yet the message they give is still one of hope. It may be tough to find you to definitely love, but they are out there and we will just find the methods to do it : and these days there’s plenty. While the quiet hearts and minds in these movies have to overcome more obstacles than your average love story protagonist, in the end, they sure do get their ‘happily ever after. woul.