Friday, November 13, 2009

Comment #5 -- Screwball and Romantic Comedy

For this comment, choose a screwball or romantic comedy that you like and say a little bit about why, pointing out an element or two of the genre that work particularly well in your chosen film. For example, one of my favorites is High Fidelity (Stephen Frears, 2000). One of the aspects of romantic comedy that shines through here is the degree to which the male character, here played by John Cusack, has to change in order to make the happy ending to work. He plays a mopey, music- and misery-obsessed record store owner who can't get over his latest girlfriend, Laura, dumping him. Completely distraught, he delves back into his past to "interview" all the girlfriends who dumped him previously. Only when he makes an honest attempt to stop obsessing over the past and try to grow up does a future together with Laura seem like a possibility.