Monday, April 28, 2014

Criticwire Survey: Un-Romantic Comedies

Q: What's the most un-romantic romantic comedy you know? Not just one that doesn't work, but one where you're actively rooting for the couple not to get together, or despise both of them.

There’s a lot of romantic comedies where I despise both characters – How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days – comes to mind, as does The Ugly Truth. But the one that I remember best is the Ashton Kutcher-Amanda Peet vehicle A Lot Like Love. Kutcher can be funny and charming – at I think he could be, although the evidence is lacking in his movie career so far. And Peet can be as well – although she’s been stuck in more than one of these horrible “comedies” (Remember Whipped? No? Good). This is a movie though that forces the audience to endure the worst part of romantic comedies – the “Meet Cute” again and again and again – as the two characters are so incredibly stupid that it takes them a lot longer than most to realize that maybe they should date. And perhaps they should date – if only to spare the rest of humanity their company. These two idiots deserve each other.

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