Ken Levine strikes at the very heart of things…yet again!
Whatever happened to Romantic Comedies?
by Ken Levine
[It’]s Valentine’s Day and also my birthday…. America celebrates my birthday by jacking up prices at all nice restaurants.
For those not celebrating their birthday, it’s supposed to be a day of romance. And it got me thinking, whatever happened to Romantic Comedies?
Time was Hollywood made tons of them — and they were both romantic and FUNNY.
And now the few that we still have are by-the-numbers studio formula pictures. It’s shocking to me the praise for CRAZY RICH ASIANS as a Romantic Comedy. The celebration of a culture — great. But as a Romcom, a typical predictable trifle that at best was a date night movie.
Compare that with FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, SOME LIKE IT HOT, THE APARTMENT, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, HIS GIRL FRIDAY, ANNIE HALL, GROUNDHOG DAY, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE LADY EVE, THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, MOONSTRUCK, CHASING AMY, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, PALM BEACH STORY, PAT & MIKE, BRINGING UP BABY, THE GOODBYE GIRL, ENCHANTED….
Yeppers, that’s right. We said “exquisite,” and we mean it. Do yourself a favor and check it out!