The Death of the RomCom

It’s Valentine’s Day, and all I really want is to watch a sappy chick flick on TV. The best they can come up with is How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. 

Then I started thinking: All the really great romcoms and chick flicks are OLD. 

The 80’s and 90’s, and maybe the early-to-mid 2000’s, were good. You had Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, When Harry Met Sally, Pretty Woman, Clueless, Legally Blonde, Sleepless in Seattle, 10 Things I Hate About You, Never Been Kissed, Love Actually….you can go on and on. You even had not-so-great ones that were still kind of great, like She’s All That, Maid In Manhattan, and 40 Days and 40 Nights. Julia Roberts made an entire career out of romantic comedies!

But in the last 5-7 years, we’ve had a ridiculous drought. Sure, you’ve had your gems like Sex and the City, The Holiday, He’s Just Not That Into You, and She’s Out of My League. But for the most part, the movies have failed – the old tried-and-true formula is wearing thing. Maybe it’s because Nora Ephron is gone, that it just doesn’t have the same tugging at heartstrings, or maybe it’s because John Hughes already used up the good ideas. There hasn’t been a really good romantic comedy/chick flick in a while. If we’re lucky, we get one every 18 months. And the ones in between, the filler, by definition SUCK. The Ugly Truth was bad. Gerard Butler’s soccer movie was horrible. Sandra Bullock’s movie with Bradley Cooper that I can’t even remember the title was just so not good. What happened, that most romcom’s are really bad now?

I’m not saying that the whole timeframe didn’t produce a few bad eggs. Gigli was by far one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. Mr. Wrong was horrendous, and Forces of Nature was nothing short of terrible. But the good ones overwhelmingly outnumbered the bad ones. But now it’s vastly the opposite, and WHY.

Look. I’m not asking people to reinvent the wheel. All I want is a cheesey predictable storyline with lovable characters that have a great meet-cute and overcome obstacles to fall in love at the end. Because everyone wants to live happily ever after – even if it’s only for 1:30. 

 

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