Are romantic comedies one big set up?

Feb 12, 2010

Skeptics say Valentine’s Day was invented to make us miserable. What about movies? Whether we like it or not, many of us get our ideas about love from Hollywood. In most romantic comedies, boy meets girl, and a few silly events later, wedding bells chime happily ever after. If we look beyond the cinematic surface, what’s often revealed are a host of crazy characters whose actions would never fly in real life—or would result in a restraining order (High Fidelity). Have your favorite romantic comedies (Princess Bride, Pretty Woman) raised unrealistic expectations about “soul mates” and “destiny?” Do films of this genre hurt or help in our quest for love?

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