I just wrote a piece for the Reno Gazette-Journal that focuses on romantic comedies that are actually funny. Yes, it’s out just in time for Valentine’s Day. Check it out here: http://www.rgj.com/article/20110204/ENT01/102040320/1056/ENT/Best-romantic-comedies-For-Valentine-s-Day-don-t-waste-time-on-the-bad-ones
Romantic comedies that are actually funny
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4 responses to “Romantic comedies that are actually funny”
I must say I disagree with most of your picks. I don’t like the way romantic comedies have become vulgar and crass. The hard R rom com I think is a shame. I miss the day when there was a bit of innocence to romance. I do like When Harry Met Sally and Princess Bride. My list would be:
1. His Girl Friday
2. Shop Around the Corner/ You’ve Got Mail
3. When Harry Met Sally
4. Talk of the Town
5. Bringing up Baby
6. Roman Holiday
7. Return to Me
9. 500 Days of Summer
That’s certainly a solid list as well. No way I could nab everything.
I would say, however, that I didn’t find “Shop Around the Corner”/”You’ve Got Mail” all that funny. And I might say the same for “Roman Holiday.” Good films, but I think would rate them more as straight romances than romantic comedies.
That was part of the reason I wrote that column. These days, I think most things that aren’t tragedies get labeled as romantic comedies, whether or not they’re funny.
For instance, I like “Sleepless In Seattle” and “An Affair to Remember” a lot, but I’ve never seen them as romantic comedies … even if they’re sometimes labeled that way.
As always, thanks for dropping by.
That’s a good point. Anything romantic seems to get categorized in the romantic comedy category. I guess I’m a little old fashioned in my rom com taste.
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