Like a Hot Bowl of Soup: Why are Romantic Comedies like Comfort Food?

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Welcome back to the randomness everybody! It is officially September. You could feel the change in the air. Little kids are going back to school, the shriek for pumpkin everything is invading social media and your comfortable fuzzy sweaters are starting to look good to you.  I am already starting to experience all those things (except the pumpkin. I hate pumpkin. Bad white girl!).  In the place of pumpkin, I start to gravitate towards my favorite romantic comedies. Not just my favorites. My all time, never disappoints me, always lifts my spirits favorite romantic comedies.

That is when I realized…I look at these movies as comfort food. Sort of like that old show on the WE Network (before it got reality show trashy). It is like comfort food and therapy all rolled into one.  Cinema Therapy.   That got me thinking.

Why do we view movies as ‘comfort food’ or ‘cinema therapy’?

I have talked about romantic comedies before on this blog. I am a huge fan. That is probably why I go for them before any other type of genre. There is something simple about the romantic comedy. Some people complain that it is too typical and formulaic. Sometimes I need that formula to feel better. I do not know about anyone else but life has no formula. You are dropped onto the earth and you have to take life day by day.  In a romantic comedy, you know where it is headed. You know what the outcome is going to be and it will be happy (if that is your thing of course. No judgement).  Sometimes you need that happy to get through the night. That is my comfort.

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I also guess that movies, at least to me, are full of good. What do I mean by good? I guess it is more the idea that good win over evil. I don’t have to tell anyone out there in the void that good never wins these days. With romantic comedies, especially classic ones, the idea of good winning is a given. It is heartwarming and nice to see. These movies usually make me believe that love can exist out there in that dark void and in the weirdest of places. A few articles out there claim that romantic comedies give you a false hope or are bad for you. It is only bad for you if you completely believe that you are going to have a life like the characters in a romantic comedy if you follow what they did. I do not believe in that. I like to believe in the idea that a sweet type of love can exist out there. It won’t be perfect, but it can be out there.

Most importantly, it is the feeling I get when I watch one of my absolute favorite romantic comedies. I write a lot about movies and television shows that just bring on intense feelings in me. Just hearing a certain piece of the soundtrack can feel like a warm hug or a big cup of really good coffee. It just warms me up inside. Especially when I am feeling so cold and dark, those movies light a small spark and make me feel better.

Isn’t that what this genre is supposed to do? Make us believe in the idea of ‘good’ and make us feel better for about two hours. I’d like to think so.

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Stick around. I will be talking about three of my all time, never disappoints me, always lifts my spirits favorite romantic comedies.  Do you have any movies that start a spark in you? Make you feel better? Tell me about it below!

Until then, the randomness has ended. I hope you enjoyed!

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In Defense of…The Romantic Comedy

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Welcome back to the randomness! Today, my dear friends, I am talking about the romantic comedy or rom-com.  In fact, I am defending the romantic comedy. You can blame an article in Mic for this.

Rom-com or romantic comedy, for you purists out there, is a movie that, “…are light-hearted, humorous plotlines, centered on romantic ideals such as that true love is able to surmount most obstacles”(Somewhere all my former professors at FDU are shuddering because I just quoted Wikipedia. Already got my degree. Suckers). Anyway, romantic comedies are a fun way to enjoy an afternoon when you do not want to watch something heavy or thought provoking. I enjoy thinking (who does not) but sometimes you need to shut off my brain and just enjoy the story in front of you. Ridiculous premise and all. That is the purpose of the romantic comedy! Without the rom-com, the Hallmark channel would be non-existent.

Image-1-romcomIn the article, Why Do So Many Romantic Comedies have Absolutely Ridiculous Premises? by Kevin O’Keeffe laments how crazy romantic comedy premises are and then picks movies that were either flops (most of them were) to prove his point.

It is easy to go after the romantic comedy for being ridiculous. It is an easy target.

That easy target is a movie that people want to watch and experience. Rom-Coms take things to the next level.

It is easy to go after the romantic comedy for being ridiculous. It is an easy target.

That easy target is a movie that people want to watch and experience. Rom-Coms take things to the next level.

What is ‘things’ exactly? Love. Success. Friendships. Elements of the romantic comedy. The point of the romantic comedy (other than entertaining us) is to let us live vicariously through the characters. In real life, nothing is ever going to work out perfectly but in romantic comedy land (yes, romantic comedy gets a land not world), it will all work out. Sometimes we all need to see that happen. Renew our faith in humanity for a few hours before it comes crashing down again.

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As for the premises. Yeah, I agree. They are nuts. However to get to those core elements of the romantic comedy without boring the audience the premise has to be a little nuts. Insane. Whatever you want to call it. No different than an action/adventure movie being set in crazy place. It is set in a crazy place because you need to grab the audience’s attention. Same with rom-coms and their crazy premises. You need a hook!

If we all start nit-picking movies, we are going to find a lot of fault in them. Sometimes a movie is just a movie (a kiss is just a kiss. A sigh is just a sigh…you get the idea).  It is just meant to entertain us for a few hours. Not to be analyzed by a random film student or random blogger on the internet (wink).

I love romantic comedies because it does take my mind off life for a few hours.  I do not have to sit there and overthink the premise or have to think at all. Sometimes you need those movies where you can turn off your brain and just laugh, cry or swoon.

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It may sound simple.  It may sound stupid. However, I believe people can agree that sometimes movies just need to entertain. Romantic comedies fit that bill and I am very happy they do. That I why I will always love the romantic comedy (in its many forms) and will defend it to anyone that wants to make fun of the genre.

What do you think about romantic comedies? Do you think romantic comedies, as a genre is too ridiculous to live? Leave a comment below or shoot over a tweet to @Cometgirl71822 to talk about it. Until then, the randomness has ended. Enjoy.