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.Romantic comedy films (abbreviated rom coms) are movies with light-hearted, humorous plotlines, centered on romantic ideals such as a true love able to surmount most obstacles.^ And that's not a comedy or a light movie in any way.
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^ Romantic Comedy - Salon.com .
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^ Romantic comedies are one of the most popular film genres.

.Romantic comedy films are a sub-genre of comedy films as well as of romance films and often have elements of screwball comedies and stoner comedies.^ Romantic comedies are one of the most popular film genres.

^ Romantic comedy films (sometimes shortened to "rom-coms") are a sub-genre of comedy films as well as of romance films.
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^ Fantasy Romantic Comedy Films to Rent Looking for films to rent with romance and enchantment?
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.Romantic comedy can also be used to describe some television series.^ Didn't know it was a romantic/ comedy series.
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^ Romantic comedy can also be used to describe some television series.
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^ Using the tag romantic comedy .
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Description

.The basic plot of a romantic comedy is that two protagonists, usually a man and a woman, meet, part ways due to an argument or other obstacle, then ultimately reunite.^ What is it that sets romantic comedy protagonists apart from other genres?
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^ When their worlds meet a romantic comedy is the result!
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^ The plot rarely changes in a romantic comedy.
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.Sometimes the two protagonists meet and become involved initially, then must confront challenges to their union.^ They often include characters that meet in an unusual or spontaneous way and are sometimes set up to be “just friends” or to not initially like one another.
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^ Sometimes the protagonists of romantic comedy meet each other, get involved initially, but then have to face several challenges in order to get united for ever. In some romantic comedies, the protagonists are hesitant to get romantically involved because either of them already has a partner, or they have other social pressures.
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^ They often contain characters who meet in an unusual or spontaneous way and are sometimes set up to be “just friends” or to not initially like one another.
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.Sometimes the two protagonists are hesitant to become romantically involved because they believe that they do not like each other, because one of them already has a partner, or because of social pressures.^ Because they are not like us.
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^ Sometimes the two protagonists are hesitant to become romantically involved because they believe that they do not like each other, because one of them already has a partner, or because of social pressures.
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^ Two people going crazy because they are crazy about each other.

.However, the screenwriters leave clues that suggest that the characters are, in fact, attracted to each other and that they would be a good love match.^ They’re in love and they love each other and they’re happy.
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^ However, the screenwriters leave clues that suggest that the characters are, in fact, attracted to each other and that they would be a good love match.
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^ Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan have just set the screen on fire with the love they realize for each other after 11 years of meeting.
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.The protagonists often separate or seek time apart to sort out their feelings or deal with the external obstacles to their being together.^ The protagonists often separate or seek time apart to sort out their feelings or deal with the external obstacles to their being together.
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^ Always seeking out new things, he does not have enough time in the day to watch, read, listen to or imbibe all of the art he loves.

^ Willis and Pfeiffer as Ben and Katie, decide on a trial separation, and while apart they examine their feelings and memories.
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.While the two protagonists are separated, one or both of them usually realizes that they are ideal for each other, or that they are in love with each other.^ They still love each other, even after one of ...

^ While the two protagonists are separated, one or both of them usually realizes that they are ideal for each other, or that they are in love with each other.
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^ They’re in love and they love each other and they’re happy.
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.Then, after one of the two makes some spectacular effort to find the other person and declare their love, (this is sometimes called the grand gesture), or due to an astonishing coincidental encounter, the two meet again.^ Then, after one of the two makes some spectacular effort to find the other person and declare their love, (this is sometimes called the grand gesture), or due to an astonishing coincidental encounter, the two meet again.
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^ But sometimes love and life happens while you are making other plans.

^ The basic plot of a romantic comedy is that two people meet, banter with each other, but despite an attraction obvious to the audience do not become romantically involved because of some internal factor (on the surface, they do not like each other) or an external barrier (one is romantically involved with another person, for instance).
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.Then, perhaps with some comic friction or awkwardness, they declare their love for each other and the film ends happily.^ Then, perhaps with some comic friction or awkwardness, they declare their love for each other and the film ends happily.
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^ In the end, they fall in love, of course.
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^ They’re in love and they love each other and they’re happy.
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.The couple does not, however, have to marry, or live together "happily ever after". The ending of a romantic comedy is meant to affirm the primary importance of the love relationship in its protagonists' lives, even if they physically separate in the end (e.g.^ Physical Separation: They go on a date.
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^ Eventually they come together and marry.
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^ Romantic Comedy Live, love, laugh!
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.Shakespeare in Love, Roman Holiday)[1].^ I love Audrey Hepburn, she had some nice romantic comedies: Love in the Afternoon, Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Funny Face.
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^ Roman Holiday, 1953 - Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn fall in love against great odds.
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^ Shakespeare in Love, Roman Holiday) Billy Mernit, "Writing the read more at » http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romantic+comedy+film .
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.There are many variations on this basic plotline.^ Much comedy contains variations on the elements of surprise, incongruity, conflict, repetitiveness, and the effect of opposite expectations, but there are many recognized genres of comedy.
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.Sometimes, instead of the two lead characters ending up in each other's arms, another love match will be made between one of the principal characters and a secondary character (e.g., My Best Friend's Wedding and My Super Ex-Girlfriend).^ Love Actually is one of the best chick flicks ever made.
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^ "Perfect," that is…if the two hadn't always been secretly in love with one another.
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^ My Best Friend's Wedding 1997, PG-13) .
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.Alternatively, the film may be a rumination on the impossibility of love, as in Woody Allen's film Annie Hall. The basic format of a romantic comedy film can be found in much earlier sources, such as Shakespeare plays like Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream.^ Annie Hall – Love story of two neurotics, Woody Allen and Diane Keaton.
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^ Category:Romantic comedy films - Wikiquote .
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^ Romantic comedy film .
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.Some comedy films, such as Knocked Up, combine themes of romantic comedies and stoner comedies, creating a subgenre that appeals to both men and women.^ Category:Romantic comedy films - Wikiquote .
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^ Romantic Comedy Film @ omdb omdb .
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^ Romantic comedy film .
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.These type of films usually uses sexual content and this brings the two characters together.^ Why must every character in American films who revels in sexual pleasure realize he's been leading an empty life?
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^ (Released by 20th Century Fox and rated R for strong sexual content, language and some drug/alcohol use.

^ At times, we experience Waters' breezy romantic version of the film, complete with the usual colorful supporting characters and physical humor viewers have come to expect from romantic comedies.
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Films in this genre include "American Pie" or even "Wedding Crashers".

History

.Comedies since ancient Greece have often incorporated sexual or social elements.^ A comedy of manners , for example, satirizes the manners and affectations of a social class, often represented by stock characters.
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^ Similarly scatological humor, sexual humor, and race humor create comedy by violating social conventions or taboos in comic ways.
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^ Comedies also have elements of the supernatural, typically magic and for the ancient Greeks the gods.
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.It was not until the creation of romantic love in the western European medieval period, though, that "romance" came to refer to "romantic love" situations, rather than the heroic adventures of medieval Romance.^ "AFI defines “romantic comedy” as a genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations."
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^ Romantic Comedies: AFI described romantic comedies as "a genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations.
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^ Ricky Gervais P.S. I Love You : A Tearjerker for those Who Love Romantic Comedies Before his death, Gerry created a number of messages to his wife, Holly, to be given to his wife after his death.
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.These adventures, however, often revolved about a knight's feats on behalf of a lady, and so the modern themes of love were quickly woven into them, as in Chrétien de Troyes's Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart.^ "American Pie Presents: The Book of Love": Direct-to-video movie about three high school guys who try to prove their manhood with the ladies.
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^ We wanted to use this humorous vehicle to look at what Hollywood often gets wrong about love,” added Lucas.
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^ We wanted to use this humorous vehicle to look at what Hollywood often gets wrong about love, added Lucas.
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[2]
Shakespearean comedy and Restoration comedy remain influential. .The creation of huge economic social strata in the Gilded Age[citation needed], combined with the heightened openness about sex after the Victorian era[citation needed] and the celebration of Sigmund Freud's theories, and the birth of the film industry in the early twentieth century, gave birth to the screwball comedy.^ It was not uncommon for the early romantic comedy film to also be a screwball comedy film.
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^ Screwball comedy films .
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^ It was not uncommon for the early romantic comedy film to also be a screwball comedy film .
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.June 2007" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] As class consciousness declined and World War II unified various social orders, the savage screwball comedies of the twenties and thirties, proceeding through Rock HudsonDoris Day-style comedies, gave way to more innocuous comedies.^ Doris Day and the Decline of Female Film Comedy in the 1950s and 1960s."
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^ I’m a sucker for the old Doris Day/Rock Hudson comedies.
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^ Doris Day and Rock Hudson are the focus of the sex comedy cycle.
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[citation needed]
.The French film industry went in a completely different direction,[citation needed] with less inhibitions about sex.^ Really, though, it’s a brilliant twist on films about rises to fame and movies set in the film industry.
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^ Talking about the format, Bedi adds, “It’s completely different from whatever romantic comedies you have seen so far.
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^ It just looks like a completely different film, and it comes off as a nice trailer about a whole different story.
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[citation needed] Virginia Woolf, tired of stories that ended in 'happily ever after' at the beginning of a serious relationship, called Middlemarch by George Eliot, with its portrayal of a difficult marriage, "one of the few English novels written for grown-up people."

In TV

.Romantic comedy series are now more usual, with networks ABC and Lifetime making them mostly.^ What more do we need from a romantic comedy?
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^ Didn't know it was a romantic/ comedy series.
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^ More images of Romantic Comedy » .
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List of romantic comedy TV shows

In film

Examples of romantic comedy films include:

Early romantic comedies

Later romantic comedies

Top grossing romantic comedies (by year)

References

  1. ^ Billy Mernit, "Writing the Romantic Comedy" (2000, Harper/Collins)
  2. ^ C.S Lewis, The Allegory of Love, p 19 ISBN 0-19-281220-3

See also

External links


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