Today’s Rule: Stop Calling Romantic Comedies “Predictable”
It’s called a romantic comedy for a reason. If the two main characters don’t get together in the end, then it’s not a comedy. And if you use My Best Friend’s Wedding as an example I might throw something. Sure that film was “unpredictable,” but it was also horrible. Furthermore, I don’t pay good money to walk into a theater expecting a laugh, and leave the theater crying because the lead actress got hit by a bus. So what inspired this hateful tirade? Well, I saw the film No Strings Attached, which was surprisingly mediocre. I use the term surprising, because I expected it to be terrible, and left feeling pleasantly complacent. In Dishmaster land, complacent is equivalent to cheerful bliss. After I left, I read the reviews, and I kept seeing the word “predictable.” What exactly were the critics expecting? There were certainly issues with the movie, but predicting the ending was not one of them.