15 February 2010

Question of the Week #1

by Tyler Weaver.  Follow me on Twitter.

This week is all about trying new things here at MH.  A little of this, a little of that, you know?  The first new thing I'd like to try is...

Question of the Week.

It's simple.  I ask a question, and you can use the comment field to respond.  Am I opening the floodgates? Probably.  But it's fun, and I'm always up for a good laugh.

So, since yesterday was Valentine's Day, here's this week's question:

Why has the romantic comedy (especially in America) become such a boring, cookie cutter genre? 

Have at it kids.  Regularly scheduled programming returns tomorrow with Katie Kapow!


Oli Lewington said...

Sadly, I think it's all to do with the Dollars, Pounds and Euros at the Box Office.

Studios (and let's face it, it IS mostly the studios who are churning out the same, cookie-cutter rom-coms these days) have seen that the story we've seen a thousand times still works because it still turns a profit for them.

Ergo - in the mind of a Studio-bod with their button on the green light switch - why risk your tried-and-tested for something a little edgier?

Although (500) Days of Summer switched it up a bit, in a really interesting way, even most indies who attempt the rom-com kind of flick go for the same stories, because they know that's what people want when they pay their £7, $10 or however much a movie ticket in Euros is right now.

On the one hand, it's pretty sad that there's not the variety out there, but on the other hand I can think of cookie-cutter movies I loathe with far greater passion that slightly lame but still kind-hearted romantic comedies.

Michael Bay, anyone?

Oli Lewington said...

Also, clearly, I loathe to take 2 minutes to check my posts for typos....

Jo said...

It's all part of the dumbing-down of western culture, just like in popular music. The studios *tell* people what they're going to like, whether they like it or not. Only the intelligent people shun this sad trend.

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