Romantic Comedies – The Pros and Cons

PRO – They never fail to make you laugh.

Even if you’re not the laughing type, you’ll find yourself chuckling when that character, who you can’t help relating to in some small way, does the same stupid thing you also did once upon a time. Laughing literally releases happy hormones, definite plus.

CON – The cringe factor.

We’ve all sat in front of the big screen squealing and blushing on behalf of a character who has embarrassed themselves. When Bridget Jones embarrasses herself we giggle and sigh lovingly, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes it is just simply painful to watch as a character takes things to a whole new level. It’s a thin line, easily crossed.

PRO – Attractive Actors and riches galore.

What? You cannot deny we just enjoy watching films that star the likes of Colin Firth, Ryan Gosling, Jude Law, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Grant, the list goes on, especially when they take their clothes off. We also enjoy the insight into the glamourous lives of characters who have walk-in wardrobes the size of our bedrooms and beautiful houses.

CON – The yearning for something better than what we have. 

Whether you’re single, you’re in a long distance relationship, or you’re curled up with the one you love, you’ll experience this. The film finishes and you’ll feel more alone than ever, you’ll miss your loved one terribly, or you’ll resent the love you’re with for not looking like Zac Efron or for not telling you you’re perfect in every way and buying you roses every day.

PRO – No brain work, good for watching time and time again.

You can chat over the top of a Rom Com and you’ll still get what’s going on. They’re a lot of fun and a lot better when watched with company. You can be tired, but you’ll still enjoy them. A surprising amount goes on though; you can watch them again and again and enjoy them just the same every time. They often contain some popular music. They’re a great escape from reality.

CON – Predictable. 

There’s going to be a happy ending, whatever happens. The plots are hardly Oscar winning and you can almost guarantee the same set of characters every time: The sexy one, the funny one, the clumsy one, the cool one and the not-cool one.

PRO – Predictable. 

Sometimes you just need to know there’s going to be a happy ending. It’s comforting, okay?

Whether you’re curling up with your best friend or your boyfriend, watching a Rom Com has mixed results. Accept it, it’s not all sunshine and roses. Cons aside though, there’s a reason Rom Coms are still so popular and there’s a reason we all know the classics. We can relate to them and they make us laugh. There’s one out there for everyone. They’re harmless, but all in good measure.

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