— Posted by Alyssa
Romantic comedies are known for being riddled with clichés, lowbrow, and frankly uncomical. They make women look brain dead, clumsy, and only concerned with the opposite sex.
The thing that is puzzling about these films is that the women leads all hold successful jobs, but they are single and that makes them as not complete in the eyes of the supporting characters. Why is this the case? How come the women with success stories are single and it is only until they find the “man of their dreams” that it is a happily ever after?
It’s a trend that is all too common in these films. Here are three popular romantic comedies that feature women with glamorous, exciting jobs that require intelligence and creativity, but are plagued with the devastating singledom that marks them as charity cases from the other characters:
When in Rome:
Beth (Kristen Bell) is a young ambitious art curator in New York who is great at her job, is relied on by her female boss (Anjelica Huston), and organizes events all over the city. However, she is single and everyone knows it and is concerned. It’s not normal for a woman to be single apparently. It’s just not right. Cynical over relationships, Beth goes into a fountain in Rome and steals everyone’s coins. As magic would have it, a bunch of men pine after Beth, including a handsome and sensitive man named Nick (Josh Duhamel). We all know Beth and Nick live happily ever after.
Jane (Katherine Heigl) has been a bridesmaid a total of 27 times much to the shock and awe of everyone. She works as a boss’ assistant at a company called Urban Everest. She is organized and relied on by her boss George because she is good at what she does. However, she is hopelessly in love with George even though she has never revealed that to him. As luck would have it Jane’s sister Tess (Malin Akerman) meets George and the two fall in love. Jane is devastated by this fact and is so caught up in the magic of weddings that she misses out on the great guy chasing after her, newspaper writer Kevin Doyle (James Marsden). That is until the two sing “Benny and the Jets” while drunk at a wedding and then love happens…
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days:
Andie (Kate Hudson) has a Masters degree and writes for “Composure” magazine. Even though she wants to work on pieces that utilize her intelligence and education, she is stuck writing articles “for women” that target love trauma and “how to” lists that involve men. Andie’s big piece turns out that she fakes romantic interests with a man in order to write about how to lose a guy in 10 days. In other words, it’s a list of all the things a woman shouldn’t do in order to keep her man. Because what would a woman be without a man? Despite the fact that Andie is aware of the unintelligent piece she is writing, her heart becomes involved and she falls for the male suitor who is the object of this article, handsome smooth-talker Ben Barry (Matthew McConaughey). The two become lovers and that’s that.
It’s really unfortunate that romantic comedies turn women into bumbling idiots who only talk and think about guys even though they have rewarding jobs. It makes their priorities seem way off. Sure, it’s great to be in a relationship, but being great at your job and being independent is pretty rewarding too. Does anyone know of a romantic comedy like that? Where the woman has a successful job and isn’t concerned with finding a man the entire time? If they find love that’s a bonus, but it’s not a deal breaker. Does this movie exist?