One of the most popular genres in the film industry is the Romantic Comedy (aka the Rom-Com). This is certainly not to be mistaken as a Romance because the central purpose of the rom com is to make you laugh and leave the movie theater saying “Awww.” Whereas the classic romance normally has some tear-jerker aspects and is very serious throughout.
In the early/mid 2000s, it seemed like every other movie that hit theaters was a rom com. The Proposal, She’s the Man, Easy A, Valentine’s Day, and What Happens in Vegas are just a few examples of movies my friends and I watched numerous times at sleepovers. Though over the past few years it seems like hardly any new romantic comedies have come out. Yes, there definitely still have been romance moves, but I personally would not classify any Nicholas Sparks movies as rom coms for they are all simply too gooey and not light hearted enough to be anything other than a plain romance.
I started thinking this over the summer and realized one of the best genres might be going out of style, but then as if right on time, Crazy, Rich, Asians came out and restored my hope. I do think that Crazy, Rich, Asians is bringing new purpose to the genre by talking about real issues that people deal with while keeping the fun and sweet side rom coms all have. I am hoping that in the future, other directors will stick with this theme.
I think people got bored with the same predictable happy endings all the time, but by bringing in this new element of purpose and relatability, new life will be brought to the Romantic Comedy.