Romantic comedy clichés that (admit it) work

Vegas_lThe romantic comedy has been taking a beating on EW.com recently: You’ve got our gallery of 24 rom-coms that sucked, and critic Lisa Schwarzbaum’s essay on the genre’s growing pains, "Movie Guys: The new girls?". But having just enjoyed What Happens in Vegas, starring Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher (pictured), more than I thought I would, I think it’s time we all admit that some of those romantic comedy clichés work for us.

I’ll go first. In Vegas, Diaz begins to warm to Kutcher when she sees him coaching little league. To quote one of my favorite Margaret Cho bits… stick it in.

Your turn. What’s your weakness?


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  • Allyson

    I have to say…Girl catches guy less than dressed, sees him a new light, and sparks fly…ie, the bedroom gift exchange scene in “The Cutting Edge”…Ohhh Weee, I love it!!!

  • meghan

    I love the asinine fighting when everyone but the two characters can tell that they actually love each other. It’s nothing like real life, but I’m a sucker for it nonetheless!

  • EP Sato

    I’ll see any movie that has a scene where two people kiss under the falling rain.
    Michal Paré (back when he was a star) kissed Diane Lane during a downpour in “Streets of Fire”. It’s a device used often almost enough to be cliché, but it’s HOT. Spider Man and I believe the Notebook did it. Actually, this is one old school movie cliche I’d like to see more of. A scene where two good looking people kiss in the rain (with the steam rising off of them for dramatic effect) is something EVERY romantic comedy should feature.
    Oh, and EVERY romantic comedy seems to do this, but I do think the “they hate each other but somehow find a reason to fall in love” plot is still amusing enough to watch. I mean, it IS the plot of every Adam Sandler movie ever (she doesn’t like him at first. Then she starts to because he’s quirky. Then someone or something gets between them, he pulls some magic and wins her heart at the end)…

  • Kate

    I almost automatically love any movie showing a shy-ish guy falling in love with a girl who’s ignorant of his feelings till the end. I am thinking of Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones, Michael Vartan in Never Been Kissed, and to reach farther back.. The Apartment with Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon! Love me some sweet, shy guys!
    ALSO I am a sucker for ALL those comedies of remarriage in the 30s and 40s.. The Awful Truth, His Girl Friday, etc! Pretty much the same reworked plot, but fabulous all the same!

  • You can call me Al

    When a woman is hopelessly in love with one guy, but the “right” guy (that she ends up with in the end) that is right in front of her nose is WAY hotter than the guy she thinks she’s supposed to be with.

  • Snarf

    I like the ones that don’t have a happy ending, and the star-crossed pair co their seperate ways. It’s still a rarity but has happened enough that I guess it’s a cliche.

  • Lynny

    The coy hesitation before a first kiss OR they attack each other cause they’ve been holding back through the whole movie. Love that stuff.

  • Tess

    I agree with “You can call me Al.” I think that’s why I liked 27 dresses so much, and possibly The Princess Diaries.
    I also like when the cool guy falls for the nerd girl or vice versa a la She’s All That to name one.

  • kku

    I’m a sucker for those montages of the couple walking in the park, feeding each other ice cream, etc. that happen while a jaunty-sounding current hit plays.

  • Crystal

    You’ll always get me with a well-executed:
    1) thrown together through some wacky circumstance opposites-attract plotline (if the chemistry is good)
    2) interrupting someone who is rambling with a searingly hot first kiss
    kku – who doesn’t love a montage?? :)

  • Dominique L.

    I have to say that as long as the chemistry is good, anything goes (usually anyway).

  • Jill

    I love it when a couple gets together despite all their family or friends insisting they’re wrong for each other for whatever reasons. Such as Pretty in Pink or Dirty Dancing.

  • annie

    i’m a huge fan of the best guy friend, unexpectedly hot first kiss. See Reality Bites and Little Women for examples.

  • Jess

    I love when one of the characters is talking about their feelings, feelings that they have “never told anyone before.” The other character immediately gets that look in their eye like they see the other character differently now. It’s in almost every romantic comedy, but I’m a sucker for it.

  • Anne

    I always root for the geeks and down-and-outers in love. Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, As Good as It Gets, Bridget Jones, Say Anything, When Harry met Sally, etc. The “normal” characters are always too serious and boring. Duckie was robbed!

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