Valentine’s Day – A Top Contender in Romantic Comedies

Valentine’s Day (2010) has proven to be commercially a very successful romantic comedy, taking more than $100 million over the first weekend of its release, which just happened to be the Valentine’s Day weekend, a natural target for romantic movies. Although critics haven’t been as kind to this movie as customers, box office receipts are the key indicator to the producers and, based on a budget of $52 million, the popularity of the film has justified faith in their product.

Clearly influenced in its style and structure by the earlier successful British movie ‘Love Actually’ (2003), which took $247 million world-wide, and the even earlier French movie ‘La Ronde’ (1950), Valentine’s Day owes much to these love story movies but has a modern American slant and some big-name American actors.

This version of the ’roundabout’ has Julia Roberts appearing as Kate, an army captain who meets the newly single Holden (Bradley Cooper) while traveling by air to Los Angeles.

In L.A., Reed (Ashton Kutcher) is a florist and he is excited about the idea of proposing to his girlfriend, Morley (Jessica Alba), who accepts and later changes her mind. Reed’s best friends are Alphonso (George Lopez) and Julia (Jennifer Garner), who didn’t think that Reed and Morley were that well suited.

Julia, meanwhile, is in love with Dr. Harrison (Patrick Dempsey) without realizing that he’s already married. Reed discovers that Harrison has been deceiving her when the doctor orders flowers for both Julia and his wife. Julia plans to secretly surprise Harrison by flying to meet him where he is staying on what he stated was a business trip.

A primary school student of Julia, a young boy named Edison, also orders flowers for his Valentine and he insists that they be delivered – to Julia.

Edison has a babysitter named Grace (Emma Roberts) and she has a boyfriend Alex (Carter Jenkins). They’ve been planning a sexual encounter but things go awry when Grace’s mom sees Alex naked.

Edison’s grandparents, Edgar and Estelle (Hector Elizondo and Shirley MacLaine), are pondering their long marriage and Estelle confesses that she has not always been faithful to Edgar.

Grace has two friends Willy and Felicia (Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift), who are in love.

A professional football player, Sean (Eric Dane), is a closet gay and considering retiring from the sport. His publicist is Kara (Jessica Biel), a friend of Julia’s. Sean recently broke up with Holden.

Valentine’s Day has numerous entwined relationships, many of whom are, or have been, romantically involved. Of course, the story doesn’t end there and the final stages of the movie are about resolving the difficulties and deciding who is really important to the characters involved. The major figures are readily identifiable to viewers and their plights are followed with keen interest.

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Journalists in Hollywood’s Romantic Comedies

Romantic comedies seemed to have a thing for journalists. These newswriters often made an appearance in Hollywood movies. It is also one of the most depicted jobs in romantic comedies. Other jobs that were often carried by the leading roles in romantic comedies are fashion designers or workers in the fashion industry, chefs or cooks, and business owners. It is relatively easy to spot a romantic comedy that involved a journalist in the leading role. Romantic comedies like Never Been Kissed (1999), Runaway Bride (1999), National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002), and 27 Dresses (2008) all featured male and female journalists at work.

The search for newsworthy articles and the approach done by journalists often created a spark between the journalist and the subject he or she wrote about. The hunt for the background story of the subject’s character also might uncover some intriguing sides that the journalist then came to love.

For example, in 27 Dresses (2008), lead actor James Marsden (Kevin Doyle) embarked on the investigation of Jane Nichols’ (played by Katherine Heigl) story of her fate as the perpetual bridesmaid. Jane who seemed to be obsessed with weddings, helped organizing twenty-seven weddings for her friends. She kept all twenty-seven hideous bridesmaid dress in her closet as a proof.

At their first meeting, Kevin’s cynical view towards wedding irritates Jane. Although he initially didn’t want to resume any contact with her, his discovery about Jane’s unusual interest towards weddings presents him the idea of a career-bumping article. To make sure that Jane will not develop a suspicion, he pretends to write about Jane’s sister’s wedding. His decision to secretly wrote a piece about Jane’s life made them occasionally meet. Although they both seemingly hate each other, it didn’t stop Jane and Kevin from getting to know each other, interviews after interviews.

To get an accurate profile and interesting insight, journalists must dig deep into the subject’s personal story and character. To attain these delicate information, journalist must acquire the subject’s trust. Trust is developed by creating a good rapport with the subject they are writing about. Once trust is gained, the subject may share more personal information about him/herself.

In the effort of uncovering some newsworthy information, the journalist may also discover hidden sides of the subject, that he or she never showed to anyone before. It could be about their childhood trauma, tragic occurrence in the past, or in the case of 27 Dresses, Jane’s frustration about her sister.

By opening herself to Kevin, they both slowly revealed the sides that they each never saw before as acquaintances. With more intensive communication, Kevin and Jane discovered that they both actually shared similar views and interests. In romantic comedies, a common ground, is always a good start for love to bloom in.

Why Hollywood choose to depict a lot of journalists in romantic comedies is not clear. Maybe it’s because of their flexible working time? Maybe the inquisitive nature of their job is used as a tool to pave the story in for the screenwriters? Maybe it takes a journalist to uncover a hidden emotion from the subject they’re investigating? Whatever the reason is, the movie industry love journalists. Their appearance in future productions of romantic comedies will not stop. As long as their story captivates the audience, the journalists, will always be around.

Best Romantic Comedies on DVD

The best romantic comedies on DVD are light-hearted and engaging and frequently contain humor and quirky situations. They often arise out of situations that involve misunderstandings, accidents, deceptions, coincidences and other difficulties which mean the path of true love is anything but smooth.

As well, the best romantic comedies on DVD usually demonstrate their appeal at the box office, where people pay to see them when first released.

Here are the top 10 romantic comedy movies on DVD based on world-wide gross earnings at the box office:

1. Pretty Woman (1990)
– Fantastically rich and gorgeous hunk meets a beautiful prostitute with a heart of gold. Will she become his fair lady or return to the streets? Directed by Gary Marshall. Starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

2. Sex And The City (2008)
– Carrie and Mr. Big are planning to get married. The question is not whether he will get to the church on time but whether he will get there at all! Directed by Michael Patrick King. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Catrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Chris Noth.

3. What Women Want (2000)
Male chauvinist type has an accident which enables him to tune into the thoughts of women and anticipate their every want. Directed by Nancy Meyers. Starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.

4. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
A shy, awkward young man hires a self-serving private detective to locate his high school dream girl. She is surrounded by lustful fraudsters all trying to win her heart. Will she see where the true gold lies? Directed by: Bobby and Peter Farrelly. Starring Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Chris Elliot and Lee Evans.

5. My Big, Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
A culture clash as a girl from a traditional Greek family meets a gorgeous non-Greek guy and the problems which arise when they plan to get married. Will their relationship survive the differences? Directed by Joel Zwick. Starring Nia Vardalos (who also wrote the script), John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Ian Gomez and Michael Constantine.

6. Hitch (2005)
A dating coach is mistakenly accused of teaching men how to get women into bed. He also discovers that his ‘techniques’ don’t work on the woman HE wants. Directed by Andy Tennant. Starring Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James and Amber Valletta.

7. Notting Hill (1999)
Famous and beautiful movie star meets gorgeous bookseller with heart of gold. Will they overcome their differences and misunderstandings or simply go to bed with a good book? Directed by Roger Michell. Starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.

8. The Proposal (2009)
A cold and bossy female executive forces her male assistant to agree to marry her so she won’t be deported. They spend a weekend together in Alaska to meet his family, with surprising results. Directed by Anne Fletcher. Starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.

9. Runaway Bride (1999)
Beautiful girl with a history of getting cold feet at the altar and running for the hills meets gorgeous guy who knows she is marriage shy. Can he get her to say ‘I do’? Directed by Gary Marshall. Starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

10. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Beautiful girl suddenly realizes that her long time best male friend is about to marry someone else and she would rather be the one walking down the aisle to him. Can she prevent his marriage to someone else? Directed by P. J. Hogan. Starring Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Everett and Rachel Griffiths.

The best romantic comedies on DVD are an assorted lot but have shown that the leading characters connect with viewers, who silently cheer them on – even get to love them – and feel the frustrations, anguish and, finally, joys of those involved.

My Favorite Romantic Comedies to Watch From 2000-2010

If you are looking for a great movie to watch on a date night, and are looking for a good compromise between genres, romantic comedies may not always be an option. Many men (as well as some women) find these movies to be unappealing, however you should know that there are some good options out there.

Here is a list of what I consider to be the most enjoyable movies of the romantic comedy genre to come out in
theatres from 2000 to 2010.

I will have to start off with probably the best film of any on this list, and that is none other than Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Oddly enough, this film has a very serious subject matter to it, and can be considered dark comedy as well. This might be my favorite Jim Carrey movie of any.

Another movie that surely must be mentioned on this list for me is Love, Actually. As a guy who normally does not like romantic comedies, I was very hesitant to see this movie, but sure am glad I did. It is a very well done movie, regardless of its genre.

When it comes to some of the funniest romantic comedies, I have to mention Forgetting Sarah Marshall. This film is absolutely hilarious and finds the right balance of romance with comedy. Sure, the comedy is more prevalent, but its got enough of a romantic storyline as well.

Another movie to surely mention on this list is Lars And The Real Girl. This is surely not your run of the mill romantic comedy and is all the better for it. Kudos to Ryan Gosling in actually convincing audiences that he is having a relationship with a prosthetic doll.

One last film that I feel compelled to mention is Hitch. I tend to like most films that Will Smith is in, but this movie surely is the most romantic of comedies in his catalogue. Its funny, its cute, its plain and simple, an enjoyable film.

These are just a few of the great romantic comedies to be released over the past decade, but certainly there have to be a few more I am forgetting.

The Top 4 Romantic Comedies of All Time

Do you like to cuddle up with your partner in front of the television? Here are some of the best movies in the genre of romantic comedies.

Harold and Maude (1971)

In this rather morbid film, Harold is a 19-year old that enjoys staging his own death and attending funerals. His socialite mother is often setting up blind dates for him to find a partner, but he would scare them off by pretending to kill himself in front of them. One day, at one of the funerals he attended, he meets 70-year old Maude who also enjoys attending funerals. They click with one another easily, and share their perspectives of life and death. Harold falls in love with Maude’s zesty character and decides to marry her. This age-holds-no-barrier romantic comedy suggests how people can complement one another with their differences in perspectives.

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Harry and Sally have different ideas about relationships between men and women. While Harry thinks that sex tends to get in the way, Sally thinks that the genders can be friends without bringing sex into the picture. They bump into one another a few times over the course of 10 years, and within that 10 years, they both develop feelings for one another despite their rough start.
This is one of the best movies people would refer to when they think about the possibilities of falling in love between friends.

Pretty Woman (1990)

Businessman Edward meets Vivian at chance when she was willing to help him with his directions around Hollywood Boulevard. They chat a bit, and Edward decides to have the prostitute accompany him for his week-long escort to social events. She is given money for a makeover, only to be snubbed by the salespeople by her appearance. Thus, Edward defends her when he hears about it. Following this event, they spend much time together, where Edward learns that there is life other than trying to take over a company, and Vivian learns that she has more capabilities than she thinks. This movie is a classic love story on falling in love with one regardless of their stature, and that people can learn from each other’s differences.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Grieving widower, Sam shares his story about how dearly he misses his late wife on a radio show. This touches the hearts of many, including reporter, Annie. She writes to him in hopes to meet him at the Empire States Building, but Sam declines the idea when his son excitedly persuades him to go since he did not like his father’s current girlfriend. One day, Sam and Annie crosses path at the airport and both are attracted to one another. However, Annie mistakes Sam’s sister for his girlfriend at a beach. Another chance encounter take place, at the place Annie suggested meeting. Sleepless in Seattle depicts how love cannot escape fate.