The deteriorating romantic comedy genre

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  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    Feb. 10, 2012 1:21 p.m.

    After reading Ms. Bowler's commentary on the sad state of the Romcon genre, I feel I should cancel my date for Saturday night, stay home and read the Scriptures more.

    Now realistically some of us enjoy escaping to the movies and witness other people's messy adult lives vicarously. How many of us have friends named Iago who love to stir up conflict and suspicion where none exists in a domestic relationship. Or some war veteran falling for a Lovely Rich Girl and makes poor choices afterwards as in "A place in the Sun"

    No, I dare say not a lot of us prefer to live on a steady diet of Pablum and mother's milk as the author is suggesting we consume. TCM (thanks Clairssa) provides an excellent showcase of messy and real adult lives. The Classical Greeks did bawdy well as did Shakespeare, John Ford. and God-love=em the French. Hollywood is also literate and constantly adapts classic stories and reimagines them in contemporary time (Think "She's the Man"? Which Shakespeare play was that borrowed from? )

  • Clarissa Layton, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    I do not like current romantic comedies because I do not find it romantic at all to see people having intimate relations outside of marriage. It just cheapens the whole relationship, especially, in my opinion, that of the woman. I still call 'Sleepless in Seattle' 'Moralless in Seattle'. Give me some good old romance! Thank goodness I can get TCM on my TV.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    We love the Kids in Mind site and use it all the time.

    I'll plug "Return to Me" in here as another clean rom-com that didn't make the article's list.

  • BalancedFulfilledLife MISSOURI CITY, TX
    Feb. 10, 2012 8:17 a.m.

    Thank you for this article! I want the tide to turn and see the release of much cleaner, true rom-coms in the future...and a lot of them. I would actually consider going to the movies again if I didn't have to worry about the trash that turns up in movies these days. I am perfectly content with the PG version of rom-coms. My imagination can take care of the rest.

  • Wildeing Layton, UT
    Feb. 9, 2012 4:18 p.m.

    What is the point of this article? Where is the news content?

    Also, the article fails to mention that the traditional Rom-Com is a gross portrayal of real relationships, and are frequently sexist, if not downright misogynistic. Older rom-coms were successful because of the quality of the acting, not their tameness.