With a title that consists of three nouns that sound like they could have come out of any Hallmark card, Crazy, Stupid, Love seems like a pandering Romcom meant for middle-aged mothers who just want to go to the movies and watch some people fall in love. You know, just like it happened in all their other favorite movies.

It turns out that Crazy, Stupid, Love, despite flirting with taking a darker view on Love and Relationships, isn’t that far off from the Romcom formula. But unlike its genre brethren, Crazy, Stupid, Love actually earns its sappy moments, and for once this 23-year-old dude can totally see himself enjoying a movie with a bunch of middle-aged moms. [click to continue…]

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No Strings Attached

by mr sparkle on January 21, 2011

in Film,Media Rack

By leaps and bounds, the worst genre in Hollywood right now is the Romantic Comedy. They’re rarely romantic or comedic, except maybe in the most basic definition of the latter word (which only implies that no one dies). More often than not, they’re written along one recycled storyline populated with barely defined characters.

Having this low standard to live up to, No Strings Attached feels like a relative work of truth and beauty. It won’t go down as the great redeemer of its genre, but it nails the fundamental aspects of a Romcom and, for once, your boyfriend won’t complain about being dragged to a chick flick.
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The Dilemma

by mr sparkle on January 14, 2011

in Film

With its premise, The Dilemma has a solid hook in its audience – how do you tell your best friend that their wife is being unfaithful? Do you tell them at all? For all of the relationship movies out there, here’s one situation that feels underexplored but worth discussing. Unfortunately, The Dilemma is rarely as interested in taking a look at its own dilemma, and more interested in unnatural hijinks.
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john cusack ione skye say anything J.D. made a list of his Top 10 Romantic Comedies last year, and I never mustered up a response. Another Valentine’s Day is upon us, and now it’s my turn to give some recommendations that won’t leave you feeling cheated in this much-maligned (and sometimes very rightly so) genre of movies. I did, however, write a Top 10 Movies to Trick Your Sweetheart Into Watching on Valentine’s Day list last year for guys who want to watch action films and girls who want to watch romantic comedies. For easier digestion, it’s divided in half: five for each sex.

But this year, I’m playing it straightforward. These 10 movies (and all of the honorable mentions) will do you right this Valentine’s Day, I promise. Here’s a look at my new Top 10 Romantic Comedies list. Believe it or not, there were too many good ones to fit them all in!

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