ETA: It helps that Lloyd has a full life of his own, though. He has lots of friends who like and respect him, he has his kickboxing, he has a good relationship with his sister. So while prioritizing a relationship over everything else probably isn’t a great life’s ambition, he’s not doing it to fill some sort of hole…
Interesting observation. If you’ll forgive a bit of a rant, I could argue it was a cumulative effect and this was perhaps one notable piece of the overall picture that won Diane over.
However...this particular gesture didn’t work. Which sort of prompts me to ask, why is it so iconic? I think it still works (as a scene,…
I completely agree that
I was working hard at a Metropolis job making dough, but it made me blue.
One day I was scheming a lot and so I decided to move to...
National City, California, brand new pals and new career!
It happens to be where Lex lives, but that’s not why I’m heeeeeere.
She’s the crazy Lex-girlfriend!
What? No, I’m not.
As the then gay best friend to a woman really into romcoms, I saw this the day it came out. It’s the reason why I kept seeing romcoms with her, even though none of them had ever panned out as well as this one. (Hitch came close, but that one scene in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days when they go to the island and every…
Omigod Caroline I cannot believe you have just reviewed one of my all-time favorite romantic comedies! Your column is one home run after another, girl! Boomerang is a guilty pleasure, a truly touching look at romance and friendship – interspersed with a very adult mix of glamour, humor, sex and hilariously unabashed…
They’re definitely my jam, but even if they were my least favorite type of movie this series does just such a great dissection of the genre. The Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Devil Wears Prada are two of my other favorite ones from the series.
I dislike rom-coms as a rule but this series has definitely been brillz
Caroline, I love this whole series so much, but this may be my absolute favorite.
This is a good take! Love Gurinder Chada and loved this movie when it came out.
“I’m not sure any have ever more accurately captured the spirit of Mr. Wickham than the way Bride & Prejudice reimagines him as a hot British backpacker with a performative laid-back cultural sensitivity.”
Brainy’s explanation that he learned Bro-speak from the movies, just like they did, was a brilliantly efficient statement about social construction of masculinity.
“My favorite movie is Superman (1978). I know it’s cheating to like a movie about my cousin but hey, what are you going to do?”
I am a film curmudgeon with a lot of critical resistance but damn if these reviews don’t continue to spark my interest in their subjects! Some of the grouchy cranks at The AV Club could take a lesson from Caroline. Great film critique writing.
Try harder? For a site like the AV Club, I’d say it takes more work to get people to see romcoms as respectable than it does to get people to like art house films. And Caroline’s pieces have been well done so far—this column has definitely gotten me to reevaluate my opinion on romcoms. A movie doesn’t have to be…
Maybe purely based on concept I’d agree, but I think Caroline does quite a good job of giving more depth to this article than your typical “Let’s re-examine whether X movie is actually as bad as people say it was” premise. Particularly this bit of summation, which I found really neat / persuasive:
Gonna disagree. Writing only about indie, artsy flicks is as boring as only writing about every Transformers movie. A biweekly column going through the history of romantic comedies is actually really interesting and unique, tracing the evolution and highs and lows of a genre that’s generally portrayed these days as…
Fine. I’ll buy Heigl’s brand of kitty litter. But now we’re even.
Also, programming note: When Romance Met Comedy spotlight Don’t Go Breaking My Heart is on Netflix and it is as excellent as advertised.
That strategy of making unwatchable movies seems to have worked out better for Gerard Butler than Heigl.