Sunday, July 25, 2010

Romantic Comedies and Kill Real Love?

That is apparently what the statistics seem to show. Cinematical ran a story recently entitled Statistics Show That Romantic Comedies Ruin Relationships discussing this scenario.

From the story –
Even if you think you're as hard as a rock and can tell the difference between fact and glamorized fiction, I'd like to bet a majority of moviegoers out there have caught themselves comparing a moment or even their entire relationship to one in a film. Why can't I magically be paired up with the right guy like in The Holiday? Why won't my man serenade me like Robbie Hart in The Wedding Singer? Why didn't my peers break out into a perfectly coordinated dance during prom like in She's All That? Okay, maybe not that last one, but seeing something you really wish could happen to you on the big screen certainly takes a toll.

This isn't even an obsessive fan trend. It's not like a teenage girl who has Zac Efron's face plastered all over her walls with her fingers crossed that one day they'll get married and live happily ever after; this issue is more subconscious. By simply watching something and thinking that it's sweet, sticks with you. Before you know it, the fact that you haven't come out of your Josie Grossie shell and had your dream guy give you your first kiss in front of hundreds of people a la Never Been Kissed is a bit disheartening.

And this isn't only a female-centric problem. What about the guys out there wondering why they can't be the nerd with the hottie like Jay Baruchel in She's Out of My League? Then there are the ones with their fingers crossed that their desperate and beautiful boss will choose them in her attempt to avoid deportation and then they'll fall madly in love like in The Proposal. These things don't really happen, but that doesn't mean moviegoers don't wish they could and before they know it, that harbored wish turns into a feeling that makes them believe what they have, just isn't good enough.
I have to admit that lately I’ve had a hard time watching romantic comedies lately because then send me into a state of depression afterwards (thanks to my own mess of a love life). This in fact happened yesterday evening after we got home from a family outing to the movies to see Ramona and Beezus (which was great…I’ll review it at another time). Some of my favorite movies are romantic comedies (Say Anything; Definitely, Maybe; Pretty in Pink; etc.) but my life is nothing at all like these films and sadly there is a part of me that longs for that kind of love and affection. I know that it is not real, but it sure would be nice.

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