The deteriorating romantic comedy genre

Published: Thursday, Feb. 9 2012 3:00 p.m. MST

“It’s actually interesting to me to talk to folks about current TV trends and current movie trends,” she said. “I think people tend to despair and think, ‘Well once the genie’s out of the bottle, it can never go back.’”

But she pointed out how the Hays Code came about in the first place due to public outcry over pre-code films' surprising amounts of sex and nudity.

“I tend not to despair too much when I see the direction we’re heading because I think it is possible for things to go back in the other direction.”

To find detailed lists of film content, visit kids-in-mind.com.

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The following is a list of rom-coms from the past 10 years with a Kids-in-Mind score of 4 or less for sexual content (no evaluation of entertainment quality provided). As an example,“Little Manhattan,” an innocent story of young love, is rated PG and scored a 3. “Sex and the City” (the film) was rated R and scored a 9. It should be noted that any kind of kissing counts for sexual content on the Kids-in-Mind scale.

"Kate and Leopold," 3, PG-13

"Legally Blonde, 4," PG-13

"Serendipity, 4," PG-13

"The Wedding Planner," 4, PG-13

"Maid in Manhattan," 4, PG-13

"Sweet Home Alabama," 2, PG-13

"Two Weeks Notice," 3, PG-13

"My Big Fat Greek Wedding," 3, PG

"How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days," 4, PG-13

"What a Girl Wants," 3, PG

"13 Going On 30," 4, PG-13

"A Cinderella Story," 3, PG

"Chasing Liberty," 4, PG-13

"The Prince and Me," 4, PG

"Win a Date with Tad Hamilton," 4, PG-13

"Fever Pitch," 4, PG-13

"Just Like Heaven," 4, PG-13

"Little Manhattan," 3, PG

"Just My Luck," 4, PG-13

"The Holiday," 3, PG-13

"She’s the Man," 4, PG-13

"P.S. I Love You," 4, PG-13

"Mamma Mia!," 4, PG-13

"Bride Wars," 4, PG

"Confessions of a Shopaholic," 3, PG

"Did You Hear About the Morgans?," 4, PG-13

"Leap Year," 3, PG

"Letters to Juliet," 3, PG

"You Again," 3, PG

Top 10 grossing romantic comedies

  1. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" (2002, PG), $241,438,208
  2. "What Women Want" (2000, PG-13), $182,811,707
  3. "Hitch" (2005, PG-13), $179,495,555
  4. "Pretty Woman" (1990, R), $178,406,268
  5. "There’s Something About Mary" (1998, R), $176,484,651
  6. "The Proposal" (2009, PG-13), $163,958,031
  7. "Sex and the City" (2008, R), $152,647,258
  8. "Runaway Bride" (1999, PG), $152,257,509
  9. "Knocked Up" (2007, R), $148,768,917
  10. "As Good As It Gets" (1997, PG-13), $148,478,011
Source: Box Office Mojo

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