The rom-com needs to make a comeback

The rom-com needs to make a comeback

What do we would like? Rom-coms! When do we would like ’em? As we’re sobbing over our pathetic love lives!

That’s what the persons are shouting — with their wallets. Final weekend, “Loopy Wealthy Asians” got here out on high on the field workplace, raking in $26 million. The film about a girl jetting off to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s rich household has a sequel within the works already. Then there’s “Mamma Mia! Right here We Go Once more,” the second film within the ABBA-goes-Greek sequence. It’s made $111 million to date this yr.

That’s not chump change. The urge for food for romantic comedy movies is actual and ever-present. And but, by and huge, we’re starved of this beloved style these days.

However, I reckon that rom-coms ought to show extra widespread than ever. As a result of courting is bleaker than ever. The mysteries of the guts have been decreased to meticulously posed profile footage, swipes and algorithms. World-famous celebrities don’t simply stroll into your British bookshop and kick off a whirlwind affair anymore. All proper, that by no means actually occurred. However lovebirds did, a minimum of, used to meet in individual.

The meet-cute has change into the tweet-cute.

If there’s even a assembly in any respect. A Gallup survey confirmed that 64 p.c of millennials had been single in 2014 — up 10 p.c from 2004. That implies that 64 p.c of millennials are sitting at house watching “The Vacation” with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.

The decade they grew up throughout, the ’90s, was a humiliation of lovey-dovey riches: “My Greatest Buddy’s Wedding ceremony,” “Runaway Bride,” “Notting Hill.” (Principally, the collected works of Julia Roberts.) But in addition “Sleepless in Seattle,” “You’ve Bought Mail” and “The Wedding ceremony Singer.” When it comes to viewers’ affection, these films are fashionable classics.

Issues began to change within the aughts. They started swimmingly with the right “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “My Large Fats Greek Wedding ceremony,” however regularly the output tapered off in favor of superhero films and something starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Right this moment, most “romantic” comedies are boozy occasion films corresponding to “Trainwreck.” Or about one other subject altogether, like “Bridesmaids,” through which Chris O’Dowd exhibits up sometimes and flirts. The newest pattern is rom-coms made for camp worth, corresponding to Netflix’s “A Christmas Prince.”

However “Loopy Wealthy Asians,” a good, considerate, massively humorous — and, sure, romantic — film, offers me hope. On the screening I attended, audiences had been applauding the characters, and had been far more engaged than throughout “Solo: A Star Wars Story” or “The Equalizer 2.”

When Ani DiFranco sang “Wishin’ and Hopin’ ” for the opening credit of “My Greatest Buddy’s Wedding ceremony,” she wasn’t dreamin’ and prayin’ about Ant-Man.

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