In the first episode of Entourage this season, Turtle, a frumpy-but-lovable goofball, is utterly confused by the premise of Knocked Up. He can think of no possible rationale for beautiful Katherine Heigl's character taking dumpy Seth Rogen's character home and becoming impregnated with his baby.
The unattractive-man-bags-attractive-woman situation is not unfamiliar—in Entourage Turtle dates a woman played by Jamie Lynn Sigler (and in a bit of life imitating art, the two fell for each other during filming and are now dating in real life); in According to Jim, Courtney Thorne Smith is married to Jim Belushi; Everybody Loves Raymond, King Of Queens, Yes Dear, all show a not-hot man landing a blazing wife.
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So the question is, why would an absurdly hot chick want to bang a schlub? We've been told a sense of humor and a heart-of-gold do the trick, but inquiring minds find this to be a specious premise.
Over at Shine, a male user asked women to tell him what's more attractive: the funny or the money? Obvs, it depends on the woman—some love to laugh. Plus, everyone loves a funny-man, laughter is the best medicine, a man can never be poor as long as he has laughter, etc. But in the long run it's hard to trade jokes for food, shelter and the occasional vacation to San Sebastian.
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AskMen, never ones to miss a beat, lets their lady columnist, Christina Colangalo, ride on this question. Rather than comparing cheddar to chuckles, she measures humor against several important male attributes, including looks, ambition, wealth and intelligence. Joke making and joke taking acquit themselves quite well in comparison to other personality and personal characteristics, it would seem.
Overall, the ability to make someone laugh seems pretty important to broads. But… I'm not buying it. When many women say "sense of humor," they mean "easy-going and self-deprecating"… or Hugh Grant. (Is he actually funny?) Sure, knowing that someone doesn't take himself too seriously is a plus, but is it something you would trade for knowing that a guy a can provide for a family? Sounds like a stretch. Read: How To Choose A Husband