Although the movie didn't exactly offer anything we haven't seen before—anonymous high school teenager survives a bad rumor and finds love with her crush—it did offer me something to think about it and that is this: for the bad rap romantic comedies have, women still want a John Hughes love story.
I've said this a thousand times: Romance is actually the number one issue in relationships where women feel dissatisfied. Sure, that's a sweeping generalization, but I'm pretty sure if you give me fifteen minutes alone with any woman, I could get her all riled up about romance. "What? He never makes you breakfast in bed? What? It was a decade ago since you've gotten flowers? What? He can spend twenty minutes rubbing the dog's belly, but never yours?" As a woman, I want more romance. It happens in movies. Why can't it happen in real life?
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English actor Matthew Goode has skimmed the surface of that coveted Household Name status since he played Mandy Moore's strapping British love interest in 2004's "Chasing Liberty." He's since racked up some steady work—"Match Point," "Watchmen"—and most recently co-starred in Tom Ford's directorial debut, "A Single Man." Next up is the romantic comedy "Leap Year," which centers around an American woman, Anna (Amy Adams), set to propose to her boyfriend in Ireland. We chatted with Goode about how he prefers East Coast ladies and the one white lie he tells his wife.
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If you're willing to just embrace the inherent inanities of the star-studded romantic comedy genre, then this is a perfectly acceptable date-night flick for a married couple. Just don't look too far below the surface and you'll manage a few guffaws and knee slaps.
Ah, date movies. Your chance to escape into a world where men are gallant, or at least endearingly flawed; where lovelorn boyfriends throw rocks at windows; where a poor guy can marry a rich woman; and couples kiss in a field of green grass without noticing the rain on their faces.
Poll: Why Do You Like Date Movies? : I see the best parts of relationships in these movies. I'm a sucker for a passionate kiss and an against-all-odds romance. It's a chance to escape from my real life. I want my boyfriend or husband to take a hint about being more romantic! Feel-good entertainment and laughter are good for the soul. Meh. I don't really like date movies.
Poll: How Often Do You See Date Movies? : Always. He's not particular and usually lets me choose. Always. We only see movies we can both agree on. About half the time. We trade off—I get one romantic movie for every one of his horror horror/sci-fi/explosion movies. Never. I beg and plead, but I can't get him to go see a date movie. Never. Neither of us likes romantic films.
Guys never love date movies. Oh, we go all right—but we're there because we want to see YOU. We always find something to watch and/or laugh at, but don't kid yourself: we definitely feel like we're taking one for the team. Jen Aniston in a towel is nice, but doesn't erase the sneaking suspicion that we've been tricked into watching a chick flick in disguise. Here's why.