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?”
It’s been a joy reading your reviews Caroline. You perfectly explained why I had mixed feelings by the end of the season but also gave credit where it was due to the season’s great moments, which were nice to be reminded of. Thank you!
I’m reading them all as I get to the episodes.
Lillian the Bank Manager is the greatest hero in the MCU.
Thank you for covering all these episodes, despite nobody reading them anymore, Caroline. You’re a good reviewer, it’s not you, it’s not us.
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.
As much as I’ve enjoyed the new season and everyone in it, I’ve found one aspect noticeably odd: just how many deaths are glossed over. Not that I expect a funeral for every minor character — it’s just that there are a number of straight-up murders that occur, the Doctor & Co. arrive to what is a full-blown crime…
It’s great that this brings up Josh, Greg and Nathaniel as character archetypes, as I was binging Gilmore Girls at the same time as I watched CEG and found that Rory’s three boyfriends are the *exact* same archetypes.