THE PROPOSAL (Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

Movie Myths: Rom-Com Edition

THE PROPOSAL (Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

THE PROPOSAL (Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

The romantic comedy. The chick flick. The cinematic genre that is just full of ridiculous relationship tropes that aren’t anything like real life. Lots of people love rom-coms, but viewer discretion is advised: don’t look to these movies for realistic expectations about what love is like. Here are just a few myths that rom-coms perpetuate. Continue reading

Crazy in Love: The Typecasting of Women in Rom-Coms

Sandra Bullock in THE PROPOSAL (Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

Sandra Bullock in THE PROPOSAL (Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

The thing is about romantic comedy movies is you can generally tell exactly where it’s going to end up and we’re okay with that because we’re really interested in the action between boy-meets-girl and boy-and-girl-get-together.  However, you can also be pretty certain how the female lead is going to act: ridiculous, overbearing, and hilariously inappropriate.  The way I look at it, the rom-com lady is, in nearly every single case, a flawed, and unruly individual who typically falls into one of three different types (with some overlap in certain cases): the snowlady, the restraining order, and the desperate.  There are, of course, more types that rom-com women can fulfill, but in my experience these are the overarching roles that these ladies play in this genre and what the character’s behavior is constructed around. Continue reading