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.
Variety reports that the two stars and their production companies have purchased the rights to Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, which is a mock auction catalogue offering the mementos from a couple's failed love affair. Lenore and Harold's artsy, culture-filled relationship is chronicled through the black and white photographs and auction lot descriptions of handwritten notes, salt shakers, jars of quarters, and more than 300 other objects that took on significance during the couple's time together.
Edinburgh researchers at Heriot Wyatt University are blaming romantic comedy movies for encouraging "unrealistic expectations" when it comes to relationships and love. Romantic comedy watchers walk away thinking trust and commitment should happen immediately, sex is always earth-shatteringly good, and all sorts of soft, fuzzy internal messages can be transmitted through a lingering glance. Romantic comedies they think also force some people to communicate less and expect more from their relationships.
If you're up for a romantic comedy, check out Definitely, Maybe. Ryan Reynolds plays a guy having a bad day who is forced to explain the real story of how he met his daughter's mother. The interaction between Reynolds and costars Abigail Breslin, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, and Isla Fisher is entertaining. And the movie is sweet without being cloying or maudlin.
Which romantic comedy does your life resemble? When Harry Met Sally or Pretty in Pink? The movies you watch may be sabotaging your love life. J. Courtney Sullivan warns against waiting for Lloyd Dobler and pulls the rug out from under seven movie-myth scenarios.