Romantic Comedy Film Genre Analytical Essay by Nicky

Romantic Comedy Film Genre
This paper studies the genre of romantic comedy films looking at their characteristics and examining three different films within this field.
# 128311 | 1,179 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 11, 2010 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Sociology (General) , Philosophy (General)

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In this article, the writer examines the romantic comedy film genre and maintains that life and love are two of the most essential areas of self discovery that are universal to human existence and therefore call audiences from every human condition to look for models and standards. The writer discusses that within the genre there are literally thousands of examples but when thinking of consummate examples of romantic comedy in the modern era three films come to mind; The Breakfast Club (1985), When Harry Met Sally (1989) and You've Got Mail (1998). The writer maintains that each of these films has at least one message regarding modern romance that is parodied to allow any viewer to commiserate with the characters and conflicts in the film. The writer concludes that each film represents a modern context and social barrier as an obstacle to love and connectivity in a satirical manner that draws the viewer into a world that is simpler and yet still addresses the social barriers real people face, but often do not bridge in the modern world.

From the Paper:

"In order of the age of each film surface differences begin with the age group being characterized, with Breakfast Club discussing relationships between relatively immature, high school aged individuals seeking to build self-awareness and identity, through unlikely relationships, as all the characters are from different social clicks. When Harry Met Sally comparatively discuses the personal relationship, as it evolves through early college age to the present, when the individuals are in their late 30s early 40s having built careers and had serious relationships. Finally, You've Got Mail details the lives of people who are late 20s early 30s and seeking romance after beginning careers as a central focus to life. Though all the works develop these themes in a single cultural perspective i.e. that of majority community members the challenges are still relatively universal and thematic of many people in the film demographic of high box office traffic. The exception is the issue of class in Breakfast Club, as the two main characters are of significant socioeconomic difference lending greatly to their difference as character opposites in the film. Each film contributes to the genre in varied ways as the age and setting as well as the demographic of majority community members is stressed and therefore the films seek to bring satirical messages of improbably romance to the screne, all with different main obstacles as central to the work. In Breakfast Club the thematic obstacle to romance is class and social stratification, found in youth and later. In When Harry Met Sally the thematic obstacle to romance is preconceived notions about men and women, and gender roles in the modern world, probably the film among the three that best fits Siska's simple romantic comedy formulary, above. While in You've Got Mail the thematic obstacle to romance is modern social disconnect created by an emphasis on career and technology as higher social order issues than family and human connectivity."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ephron, Nora. Writer-Director You've Got Mail (Motion Picture) Warner Brothers Pictures. 1998.
  • Gehring, Wes D. Parody as Film Genre: Never Give a Saga an Even Break. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.
  • Hughes, John. Writer-Director The Breakfast Club (Motion Picture) A& M Films. 1985.
  • Reiner, Rob. Director, Ephron, Nora. Writer When Harry Met Sally (Motion Picture) Castle Rock Entertainment. 1989.
  • Siska, William C. "19 The Art Film." Handbook of American Film Genres. Ed. Wes D. Gehring. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988. 353-366.

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