English 245, ROMANTIC COMEDIES

For this week’s post, you are required to watch a contemporary romantic comedy (anything after 2000).  Share with the class what you saw and how it relates to the other two films we’ve seen for class, It Happened One Night and Annie Hall.  Does it update those films (DYNAMIC)?  In what does it remain part of the formula (STATIC)?

One person needs to hit reply to this message, and then we’ll start a cascade of responses.  Let’s get those in on time and in 100 words as indicated by your syllabus.

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  1. I watched the movie, Legally Blonde (2001), which is about a sorority girl, Elle, Woods, who attempts to win her ex- boyfriend back by attending Harvard Law School, then throughout the movie she overpowers the stereotype of blondes and by the end gains self confidence and becomes a successful lawyer. It relates to the film It Happened One Night because in that film Ellen is shown as an independent women, which in Legally Blonde, that is exactly what Elle becomes throughout the movie. The film Annie Hall and Legally Blonde share the young viewer concept, like someone older and mature is probably not going to want to watch it. What remains static to the formula is some type of love is developed and established by the end of the film, whether it is self love or loving someone else and the happy ending. What is dynamic about 25 years later is obviously the camera quality is better, Elle Woods found love within herself than the person she wanted at first, The main character is on a mission to prove everyone wrong and send out a message than to make someone in love with her, and there’s not as much romance going on than in the other two films where she tries to get the boy back and then the “cute meet” or vice versa. Now a days I feel as though there’s a lot more comedy than romance, and there’s a use of some very upbeat pop type of music at the end instead of traditional orchestral music.

    • The movie I watched was Crazy Rich Asians (2018) which follows the story of Rachel Chu and her boyfriend Nick on a trip to Singapore to attend his best friend’s wedding. On the trip, Rachel finds out that Nick is very rich, leading her to face many hardships centering around new experiences, being in the spotlight, and being true to herself. This movie relates to It Happened One Night with how powerful Rachel and Ellen are. Both of these two characters can control a room, even if they don’t always acknowledge it, and have power in the amount of control they have over their boyfriends. Similarly, when the two are put in new situations they are graceful but make many mistakes either underestimating people or drawing too much attention to themselves. This movie also relates to Annie Hall because it appeals to a younger audience and is groundbreaking in the rom-com genre. Crazy Rich Asians was the first Hollywood movie in recent years to have a majority of their cast of Asian descent and won many awards for their style. The film is also set to appeal to the notion of breaking/modernizing traditions and marrying for love. The dynamic part of the film that has been updated is the movie distribution and trailers. The trailer for the film appears more exciting and focuses not only on the main characters but on their friends as well. This gives the audience not just one romance story but two. Another dynamic part of the film is that the comedy does not just center around the main actors but leans more towards the friends. However, the main portion of the film remains static focusing on love and romance either with Nick and Rachel or the wedding of Nick’s friends. No matter what is happening in the movie, the core centers around romance and growth connecting to the two previous films we have watched.

    • Simon Spier leads what he thinks about an entirely typical life. He has a caring mother and father (Emily and Jack Spier) and his younger sister (Nora Spier). His friends Leah, Nick and Abby and They all attend Creekwood High with Simon. In any case, there is a secret in Simon’s life, the secret is that Simon is gay and in the closet to everybody. He knows particularly his mother and father would be okay with his gay orientation, in spite of his father’s sometimes uncalled for jokes, and that a large portion of his peers support Ethan who has come out as gay, but Simon has been worried about different reasons for coming out than most and that is he does not want to deal with the change that would happen in what he has known as his life. He finds that he isn’t the only one suffering from this situation. He finds another classmate suffering from the same thing while posting online. This colleague calls himself “Blue” online and discusses his own battles in being gay and in the closet. With that posting having an email address where Simon can reach out, Simon starts a conversation with Blue opening up about his own battles but does not know who “Blue” is. In the help they wind up giving one another, Simon starts to fall in love with Blue, not knowing who he is or what he looks like. ‘Love Simon’ is Static compared to Annie hall and it happened one night because of the X meets Y case that happens in most romantic comedies. I think the films dynamic has changed in the way that love Simon is about a gay man, Simon. I think this is different from most from most romantic comedies in the past because I don’t think I have seen one that supports and shares an LGBTQ+ story. I liked and support the story of ‘Love, Simon’ and appreciated the change from other romantic comedies from the past.

    • The movie I choose for this blog post is “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”(2008). This mid-2000’s movie follows a man, Peter, who has just recently been dumped by his longtime girlfriend, Sarah Marshall. After not being able to take his mind off the break-up, he is advised to take a vacation to take his mind off her. Once he gets to the hotel he finds out that his ex is staying at the same hotel as him with a new boyfriend. While he try’s to take his mind off Sarah he meets the hotel desk attendant and starts to fall in love with her, while still having feeling for Sarah. He gets closer to Rachel throughout the movie. However, he then cheats on Rachel with his ex Sarah. He immediately regrets the decision because he no longer loves Sarah. Peter than tells Rachel what he did, which she gets mad at him about. He eventually puts on a play to show that he loves her, and they end up reuniting in the end. This movie relates to “It Happened One Night” because they both follow a protagonist who initially thinks they are in love with someone, only to find someone else. The movie relates to “Annie Hall” because both of the protagonists start out the movie with a break-up. They both also have more mature themes in them than other romantic comedies. This movie fits into the formula in that the main character ends up falling in love in the end. Some of the dynamic aspects of this film would include more crude humor. Other aspects include the mid-2000’s humor, the quality of the film, and a film that is more interested in the comedy than most other romantic comedies.

  2. The movie I watched was Crazy Rich Asians (2018) which follows the story of Rachel Chu and her boyfriend Nick on a trip to Singapore to attend his best friend’s wedding. On the trip, Rachel finds out that Nick is very rich, leading her to face many hardships centering around new experiences, being in the spotlight, and being true to herself. This movie relates to It Happened One Night with how powerful Rachel and Ellen are. Both of these two characters can control a room, even if they don’t always acknowledge it, and have power in the amount of control they have over their boyfriends. Similarly, when the two are put in new situations they are graceful but make many mistakes either underestimating people or drawing too much attention to themselves. This movie also relates to Annie Hall because it appeals to a younger audience and is groundbreaking in the rom-com genre. Crazy Rich Asians was the first Hollywood movie in recent years to have a majority of their cast of Asian descent and won many awards for their style. The film is also set to appeal to the notion of breaking/modernizing traditions and marrying for love. The dynamic part of the film that has been updated is the movie distribution and trailers. The trailer for the film appears more exciting and focuses not only on the main characters but on their friends as well. This gives the audience not just one romance story but two. Another dynamic part of the film is that the comedy does not just center around the main actors but leans more towards the friends. However, the main portion of the film remains static focusing on love and romance either with Nick and Rachel or the wedding of Nick’s friends. No matter what is happening in the movie, the core centers around romance and growth connecting to the two previous films we have watched.

  3. For this assignment, I chose to watch the contemporary romantic comedy She’s the Man (2006). She’s the Man is about a girl named Viola who takes her twin brother’s place at his boarding school, Illyria Prep, as her brother pursues his music passion/career. Viola decides to pose as her brother, Sebastian, while covering for him at Illyria Prep so she can join the boys’ soccer team with intentions to prove to her ex and the Cornwall boys’ soccer team coach that girls are just as good as boys and that the girls’ soccer team should not have been cut. Viola, ends up becoming roommates with Duke, Illyria Prep’s boys’ soccer team captain, which further complicates things throughout the film as Duke agrees to help “Sebastian” (who is actually Viola) become a better soccer player in exchange for “Sebastian’s” help with asking Olivia, a girl whom Duke likes, out on a date. A tangled web of events is woven as Olivia ends up falling in love with “Sebastian” who she doesn’t know is actually Viola posing as her brother. Meanwhile, Viola starts to fall in love with Duke, as she gets closer to him while Duke trains Viola, who he thinks is Sebastian, to become a better soccer player. Further into the film Duke ends up meeting the real Viola at a kissing booth she is a part of at a carnival in which they share a kiss and Duke begins to develop feelings for Viola. Finally, the real Sebastian comes back early to Illyria Prep and the truth starts to reveal itself suddenly and overwhelmingly to the characters. However, She’s the Man ends on a happy note as Viola defeats the Cornwall boys’ soccer team with a goal she scores as a player for Illyria Prep and Sebastian and Olivia eventually end up together as do Duke and Viola.
    She’s the Man relates to the film It Happened One Night as there are aspects of both films that challenge gender roles and women stepping out of the “typical” roles that society has placed them in. In She’s the Man, Viola literally poses as a boy and has to fit in with the guys in order to not blow her cover as her brother, Sebastian. In It Happened One Night, the headstrong, spoiled, and rich Ellie Andrews steps out of the typical societal role of women back in the early 1900s by being the one who is seated and being served breakfast by the man (Peter Warne) instead of being the woman in the kitchen making and serving breakfast to the man. Additionally, She’s the Man relates to the film Annie Hall as the main characters in each of the films appear to be very different from one another yet compliment each other’s characters well enough to spark a love connection that the audience supports. In, Annie Hall, Woody Allen plays Alvy Singer who is a very sarcastic and pessimistic man while co-star Diane Keaton portrays the character Annie Hall as a very talented and whimsical woman in the film. In She’s the Man, Viola is a determined and tough woman who goes after what she wants while Duke appears to be a more sensitive and nervous guy, especially around women. Furthermore, all three films relate to one another as their plots are very similar in which boy meets girl and the audience gets to witness a love story unfold on screen.
    She’s the Man updates film dynamic as this film is produced in color and with clearer images shown on screen which reveals the updates in technology in the 2000s as compared to film technology in the 1900s. This film also updates film dynamic as the setting of this film at a Prep school and the main character, Viola, preparing for a “debutante ball” at the end of the film shows differences in economic situations and settings of the 2000s in comparison with the economy of the 1900s that influenced the settings and plots of Annie Hall and It Happened One Night. She’s the Man also updates film dynamic on the expansion of societal and cultural roles and ideas of men and women in society as women appear to be more independent in this film and men’s and women’s fashion/dress and even occupations are much more different to those of men and women in the 1900s. She’s the Man remains a part of the formula (or static system of romantic comedy) as this film contains fast paced, humorous dialogue between characters that audiences have been exposed to for years involving romantic comedies. This kind of character dialogue seen over years in Rom-Coms adds to the comical side of these films. The film She’s the Man also contains a love story of two different people falling for one another that relates to the static system of romantic comedies. Finally, She’s the Man has that “happy ending” that audiences love and recognize as a part of the static system of romantic comedies.

    • Keep the posts coming! This is an opportunity to turn your peers on to other films in the genre, perhaps some of your favorites. In the recent past, students led me to the film “Love, Simon” (2018). The film is an LGBT-themed film, a kind of coming-of-age story that meets a romantic comedy. One of the aspects of contemporary genres is the X meets Y approach. As is the case with much of today’s music, for example, films tend to incorporate varied tendencies that push the genre to the limit. The romantic comedy is DYNAMIC in that it adapts to such changes, yet is STATIC in that a rom com remains a rom com.

      • The film that I chose was, About Time (2013). The film has a bit of everything for everyone in it and is actually my favorite film. I can watch it over and over. Ask anyone close to me and they will tell you just how much I love it, because of how often I have spoken to them about it, or watched it with them. The film follows a young man named Tim, who has just moved to London and is in the search for love. He is presented with the fact that he has the ability to travel in time, just before leaving, which leads him to connecting with his perfect match. The story shows how he chooses to use his power and navigate his life with his partner, Mary. The film is static in connection to It Happened One Night (1934) and Annie Hall (1977) as it is has the X meets Y type of scenario. Another example: like Ellie and Annie, Mary leads the ways on things. Tim tries his best to navigate his life in the best way with her. She has things figured out and he is constantly trying to sort things out. Everything is always a question that he is looking for an answer to with his power. That is the dynamic aspect of it all; his navigation through life and the constant search to try and find the answers in not just his relationship with his partner, but his family and friends, too. It is so interesting comparing the progression of the rom-com in these three films through the years. I believe if everyone were to watch them all back to back to back, you would get a good feeling of what relationships portrayed in films have been like over the past century. You can’t always say that with every rom-com, but if you line these of in this viewing order, it’ll really paint you a picture and you will analyze it all pretty naturally while you’re on the journey. Each film progresses things forward and introduces you to new elements in relationships. It shows the state of things at the time, when it comes to dating, or seeking out love. You get to see the ins and outs of it all. In About Time, while Tim is trying to sort his life out through an ability that none of us have, it is still very relatable in that he is just trying to do the best he can for the one he loves and do what he believes to be right. As you see in all of these films however, and very commonly a static element of many rom-coms, what one character may think is right, isn’t isn’t always the case, and this leads to reflection and coming to an understanding. These films all take you on that ride of realization and understanding. If you haven’t watched the film, About Time, I truly cannot recommend it enough. When I lived in London last Summer, I made it a point to go to the apartment that they live in. I was ecstatic when I got there! It was fantastic to go outside of that apartment that I have seen Tim and Mary walk outside of so many times while watching the film.

      • The film that I chose was, About Time (2013). The film has a bit of everything for everyone in it and is actually my favorite film. I can watch it over and over. Ask anyone close to me and they will tell you just how much I love it, because of how often I have spoken to them about it, or watched it with them. The film follows a young man named Tim, who has just moved to London and is in the search for love. He is presented with the fact that he has the ability to travel in time, just before leaving, which leads him to connecting with his perfect match. The story shows how he chooses to use his power and navigate his life with his partner, Mary. The film is static in connection to It Happened One Night (1934) and Annie Hall (1977) as it has the X meets Y type of scenario. Another example: like Ellie and Annie, Mary leads the ways on things. Tim tries his best to navigate his life in the best way with her. She has things figured out and he is constantly trying to sort things out. Everything is always a question that he is looking for an answer to with his power. That is the dynamic aspect of it all; his navigation through life and the constant search to try and find the answers in not just his relationship with his partner, but his family and friends, too. It is so interesting comparing the progression of the rom-com in these three films through the years. I believe if everyone were to watch them all back to back to back, you would get a good feeling of what relationships portrayed in films have been like over the past century. You can’t always say that with every rom-com, but if you line these up in this viewing order, it’ll really paint you a picture and you will analyze it all pretty naturally while you’re on the journey. Each film progresses things forward and introduces you to new elements in relationships. It shows the state of things at the time, when it comes to dating, or seeking out love. You get to see the ins and outs of it all. In About Time, while Tim is trying to sort his life out through an ability that none of us have, it is still very relatable in that he is just trying to do the best he can for the one he loves and do what he believes to be right. As you see in all of these films however, and very commonly a static element of many rom-coms, what one character may think is right, isn’t always the case, and this leads to reflection and coming to an understanding. These films all take you on that ride of realization and understanding. If you haven’t watched the film, About Time, I truly cannot recommend it enough. When I lived in London last Summer, I made it a point to go to the apartment that they live in. I was ecstatic when I got there! It was fantastic to go outside of that apartment that I have seen Tim and Mary walk outside of so many times while watching the film.

      • For this assignment, I chose to watch The Proposal (2009). This romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds follows a Canadian executive named Margaret Tate facing deportation from the United States. In order to keep her job and remain in the country, Margaret convinces one of her employees, Andrew Paxton, to act as her fiancé to retain her citizenship. After a while of pretending to be engaged, they develop feelings for one another, which climax at the end of the film. This romantic comedy is static in that it depicts a traditional male to female love story where the protagonists don’t start out in love, but slowly develop their feelings towards one another. This movie is also dynamic because it shows a unique way the protagonists come together; the threat of deportation.

      • The movie I watched The Proposal (2009) is a film about Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) the chief editor of a publishing company in New York City facing deportation due to her visa expiring. Margaret lost her parents at a young age and focused her life on her career and did not have any real relationship. She plans to fake a marriage with her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to obtain her green card and keep her job. In order to prepare for the immigration interview they have to travel to Alaska to meet Andrew’s family. There Margaret realizes what she was missing, as she watched how much Andrew’s family cared for each other, She called off the wedding even if it meant she would lose her job.
        This movie is similar to It happened in one night (1934) because both female characters were independent and both females had to get married. It is similar to Annie Hall (1977) because Alvy and Margaret had trouble staying in a long term relationship with people.
        The dynamic part of The Proposal is that Margaret is forcing the marriage on Andrew, instead of Andrew pursuing Margaret. The film was more of a comedy than a romantic story. There was no cute meet between the two because they knew each other for 3 years.
        What stays the same is that in the end of the movie they fall in love, get married and live happily ever after.

    • The film that I chose was, About Time (2013). The film has a bit of everything for everyone in it and is actually my favorite film. I can watch it over and over. Ask anyone close to me and they will tell you just how much I love it, because of how often I have spoken to them about it, or watched it with them. The film follows a young man named Tim, who has just moved to London and is in the search for love. He is presented with the fact that he has the ability to travel in time, just before leaving, which leads him to connecting with his perfect match. The story shows how he chooses to use his power and navigate his life with his partner, Mary. The film is static in connection to It Happened One Night (1934) and Annie Hall (1977) as it is has the X meets Y type of scenario. Another example: like Ellie and Annie, Mary leads the ways on things. Tim tries his best to navigate his life in the best way with her. She has things figured out and he is constantly trying to sort things out. Everything is always a question that he is looking for an answer to with his power. That is the dynamic aspect of it all; his navigation through life and the constant search to try and find the answers in not just his relationship with his partner, but his family and friends, too. It is so interesting comparing the progression of the rom-com in these three films through the years. I believe if everyone were to watch them all back to back to back, you would get a good feeling of what relationships portrayed in films have been like over the past century. You can’t always say that with every rom-com, but if you line these of in this viewing order, it’ll really paint you a picture and you will analyze it all pretty naturally while you’re on the journey. Each film progresses things forward and introduces you to new elements in relationships. It shows the state of things at the time, when it comes to dating, or seeking out love. You get to see the ins and outs of it all. In About Time, while Tim is trying to sort his life out through an ability that none of us have, it is still very relatable in that he is just trying to do the best he can for the one he loves and do what he believes to be right. As you see in all of these films however, and very commonly a static element of many rom-coms, what one character may think is right, isn’t isn’t always the case, and this leads to reflection and coming to an understanding. These films all take you on that ride of realization and understanding. If you haven’t watched the film, About Time, I truly cannot recommend it enough. When I lived in London last Summer, I made it a point to go to the apartment that they live in. I was ecstatic when I got there! It was fantastic to go outside of that apartment that I have seen Tim and Mary walk outside of so many times while watching the film.

  4. For this assignment, I chose to watch the romantic comedy Just Go with It (2011). Just Go with It is about a man named Danny who gets his heart broken at a young age at his own wedding, so he wears his wedding ring and pretends to be married so that he can enjoy going on dates with no strings attached. His lie works for many years but one day he pockets the ring and he meets Palmer, who he thinks is the girl of his dreams, but she refuses to get involved with him after finding his wedding ring the morning after their date. Instead of telling the truth he says that he is getting a divorce and he gets his assistant, Katherine, to pose as his soon-to-be-ex-wife in order to sell the story to Palmer. The lies continue when Katherine accidentally mentions her kids while meeting Palmer and she thinks that Danny is their father. Danny brings Katherine’s kids in on the lie to sell the story, but it results in the boy guilting Danny into taking everyone on a trip to Hawaii. During this trip Danny, Katherine, and her kids must continue pretending to be a family to convince Palmer, but while spending more time together Danny and Katherine realize that they have feelings for each other. When Danny realizes before getting married to Palmer, he finds Katherine and admits his feelings to her and then they get married and live as a happy family. This movie relates to It Happened One Night because they both have independent female characters, like Ellie and Katherine, and one character thinks they have met their true love, but they find out they are in love with someone else. It relates to Annie Hall because it relates to a young audience and they both have a male character who had trouble with relationships and eventually found true love. The dynamic part of the film, besides the camera quality improving, is the situation with Danny going on dates with no strings attached and the kids being cool with him so soon. What remains static is that love is developed and established by the end of the movie and the happy ending of the movie. All these films center around romance and bringing people together.

  5. The film that I chose was, About Time (2013). The film has a bit of everything for everyone in it and is actually my favorite film. I can watch it over and over. Ask anyone close to me and they will tell you just how much I love it, because of how often I have spoken to them about it, or watched it with them. The film follows a young man named Tim, who has just moved to London and is in the search for love. He is presented with the fact that he has the ability to travel in time, just before leaving, which leads him to connecting with his perfect match. The story shows how he chooses to use his power and navigate his life with his partner, Mary. The film is static in connection to It Happened One Night (1934) and Annie Hall (1977) as it is has the X meets Y type of scenario. Another example: like Ellie and Annie, Mary leads the ways on things. Tim tries his best to navigate his life in the best way with her. She has things figured out and he is constantly trying to sort things out. Everything is always a question that he is looking for an answer to with his power. That is the dynamic aspect of it all; his navigation through life and the constant search to try and find the answers in not just his relationship with his partner, but his family and friends, too. It is so interesting comparing the progression of the rom-com in these three films through the years. I believe if everyone were to watch them all back to back to back, you would get a good feeling of what relationships portrayed in films have been like over the past century. You can’t always say that with every rom-com, but if you line these of in this viewing order, it’ll really paint you a picture and you will analyze it all pretty naturally while you’re on the journey. Each film progresses things forward and introduces you to new elements in relationships. It shows the state of things at the time, when it comes to dating, or seeking out love. You get to see the ins and outs of it all. In About Time, while Tim is trying to sort his life out through an ability that none of us have, it is still very relatable in that he is just trying to do the best he can for the one he loves and do what he believes to be right. As you see in all of these films however, and very commonly a static element of many rom-coms, what one character may think is right, isn’t isn’t always the case, and this leads to reflection and coming to an understanding. These films all take you on that ride of realization and understanding. If you haven’t watched the film, About Time, I truly cannot recommend it enough. When I lived in London last Summer, I made it a point to go to the apartment that they live in. I was ecstatic when I got there! It was fantastic to go outside of that apartment that I have seen Tim and Mary walk outside of so many times while watching the film.

    • The Romantic Comedy that I choose to watch for this blog post assignment is A Cinderella Story (2004). A Cinderella Story is about a girl named Sam, who is played by Hilary Duff, works for her stepmother in her father’s diner as a janitor and dishwasher. Her father died when she was young so the stepmother is now in charge. During this time, Sam starts emailing and texting with a random boy on the internet and begins to establish a strong relationship with him. They end up meeting at a high school dance and to Sam’s surprise, it is the cutest boy at the high school, Austin, who is played by Chad Michael Murray. Sam freaks out because she is not as popular as him and tries to resist the relationship. This film can relate to both Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977) and Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night (1934). In both A Cinderella Story (2004) and It Happened One Night (1934), both lead female roles resist the lead male role. They both want to seem independent at first but then wind up falling in love with the lead male role. Then in both Annie Hall (1977) and A Cinderella Story (2004) we find issues and conflict between both characters, as their relationship is not perceived as perfect. A Cinderella Story (2004) also relates to Annie Hall (1977) and It Happened One Night (1934) because these movies all appeal to an audience who adore and enjoy fantasizing these unrealistic relationships and hope for their own some day. This romantic comedy is dynamic in the way where it updates these films using the way these relationships are established through the internet and texting. But A Cinderella Story (2004) is static where it still remains a rom com.

  6. The film that I chose was, About Time (2013). The film has a bit of everything for everyone in it and is actually my favorite film. I can watch it over and over. Ask anyone close to me and they will tell you just how much I love it, because of how often I have spoken to them about it, or watched it with them. The film follows a young man named Tim, who has just moved to London and is in the search for love. He is presented with the fact that he has the ability to travel in time, just before leaving, which leads him to connecting with his perfect match. The story shows how he chooses to use his power and navigate his life with his partner, Mary. The film is static in connection to It Happened One Night (1934) and Annie Hall (1977) as it has the X meets Y type of scenario. Another example: like Ellie and Annie, Mary leads the ways on things. Tim tries his best to navigate his life in the best way with her. She has things figured out and he is constantly trying to sort things out. Everything is always a question that he is looking for an answer to with his power. That is the dynamic aspect of it all; his navigation through life and the constant search to try and find the answers in not just his relationship with his partner, but his family and friends, too. It is so interesting comparing the progression of the rom-com in these three films through the years. I believe if everyone were to watch them all back to back to back, you would get a good feeling of what relationships portrayed in films have been like over the past century. You can’t always say that with every rom-com, but if you line these up in this viewing order, it’ll really paint you a picture and you will analyze it all pretty naturally while you’re on the journey. Each film progresses things forward and introduces you to new elements in relationships. It shows the state of things at the time, when it comes to dating, or seeking out love. You get to see the ins and outs of it all. In About Time, while Tim is trying to sort his life out through an ability that none of us have, it is still very relatable in that he is just trying to do the best he can for the one he loves and do what he believes to be right. As you see in all of these films however, and very commonly a static element of many rom-coms, what one character may think is right, isn’t always the case, and this leads to reflection and coming to an understanding. These films all take you on that ride of realization and understanding. If you haven’t watched the film, About Time, I truly cannot recommend it enough. When I lived in London last Summer, I made it a point to go to the apartment that they live in. I was ecstatic when I got there! It was fantastic to go outside of that apartment that I have seen Tim and Mary walk outside of so many times while watching the film.

  7. I watched “Two Weeks Notice”, 2002 as my contemporary romantic comedy choice. The story follows lawyer, Lucy, who ends up working for an egotistical, self-centered billionaire in hopes to get him to sway to restoration of architecture rather than tearing them down. He doesn’t know how much she means to him until she puts in her two weeks’ notice after being fed up with his antics. This film relates to “It Happened One Night”, in that it has the classic happy ending of there are points of inner turmoil and confusion, but both the main character ends up ‘happily ever after’ with her love interest. In relation to “Annie Hall”, this movie also doesn’t have any sweeping scores and has more of a subtle/ dry humor than the more slapstick style of “It Happened One Night”. The trailer style is also similar to “Annie Hall” in that it isn’t quite as glamorous and depicts more of the every-day struggles. The thing about this film that remains to fit the static, romantic comedy mantra would be like I mentioned the misunderstanding, almost unrepairable rift in the relationship of the characters, but the whole riding off into the sunset feel. In regards to being dynamic, this film, like most post 2000s rom-coms adapts to having more diverse side/supporting characters as well as more pop/current style music in the soundtrack of the movie.

  8. I watched “Two Weeks Notice”, 2002 as my contemporary romantic comedy choice. The story follows lawyer, Lucy, who ends up working for an egotistical, self-centered billionaire in hopes to get him to sway to restoration of architecture rather than tearing them down. He doesn’t know how much she means to him until she puts in her two weeks’ notice after being fed up with his antics. This film relates to “It Happened One Night”, in that it has the classic happy ending of there are points of inner turmoil and confusion, but both the main character ends up ‘happily ever after’ with her love interest. In relation to “Annie Hall”, this movie also doesn’t have any sweeping scores and has more of a subtle/ dry humor than the more slapstick style of “It Happened One Night”. The trailer style is also similar to Annie Hall in that it isn’t quite as glamorous and depicts more of the every-day struggles. The thing about this film that remains to fit the static, romantic comedy mantra would be like I mentioned the misunderstanding, almost unrepairable rift in the relationship of the characters, but the whole riding off into the sunset feel. In regards to being dynamic, this film, like most post 2000s rom-coms adapts to having more diverse side/supporting characters as well as more pop/current style music in the soundtrack of the movie.

  9. About Time (2013), follows a man named Tim, who is moving to London in search of love. Tim uses his power and navigate his life with Mary. The film is static in connection to It Happened One Night (1934)/Annie Hall (1977), as it has the X meets Y scenario. Mary leads the way, while Tim tries his best. Everything is a question he is looking for an answer to. That’s the dynamic aspect; navigating through life and constantly searching for all the answers. It is so interesting comparing the progression of the rom-com in these three films through the years.

  10. I chose to watch the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). Scott Pilgrim is dynamic because it contains elements of comedy, romance, and action genres. It also features elements from other mediums (video games, comic books). An emphasis on special effects is unusual for a rom com. The plot of the film remains static, as the major arc of the story is Scott fighting all of Ramona’s ex-boyfriends in order to win her. Ramona upholds character tropes for spunky female leads in rom coms (Ellen Andrews). Overall, I would say Scott Pilgrim is a static rom com for its plot and characters but is dynamic for adapting to the ‘geeky’ tastes of the 2010s.

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  11. The romantic comedy I chose to discuss is Warm Bodies (2013). What helps Warm Bodies stand out from other films in the same genre is how it manages to subvert many common tropes, while still sticking to the same formula. To anyone watching, it’s fairly obvious that this movie is a pretty direct adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ After all, the main characters are named ‘R’ and ‘Julie.’ However, the houses each of our protagonists belong to is that of the living and the undead. See, R is a zombie. Despite this, he still fits into the classic role of the philosophizing male lead. He knows there must be more to life. It can’t all just be groaning and eating brains, right? It isn’t until he meets and saves a human named Julie that he realizes that things can change. For the first time in as long as he can remember, he’s begun to feel; Things like hope, a sense of purpose, and even love. Julie, on the other hand, is understandably uncomfortable with this predicament at first. After all, this zombie just ate her boyfriend. But slowly, Julie begins to form an intimate bond with R, growing to understand him. In a broader sense, this ties Warm Bodies together with It Happened One Night (1934). Both stories involve a woman who’s initially involved romantically with someone from within their own “world,” however, circumstances out of their control cause the woman to be separated from her previous partner and join up with a man from outside of her world, a meeting which likely would never have occurred otherwise. Slowly, these two begin to discover the unlikely love they share between one another. Comparing this movie to Annie Hall (1977), we see both films feature a male protagonist with inner monologue that finds himself truly alone. R and Alvy are both incredibly unique individuals, and both have trouble finding someone who would be able to truly understand them. Despite their differences, these movies all share the same genre at their core, and it goes to show just how many different ways a romantic comedy can be told.

    • Simon Spier leads what he thinks about an entirely typical life. He has a caring mother and father (Emily and Jack Spier) and his younger sister (Nora Spier). His friends Leah, Nick and Abby and They all attend Creekwood High with Simon. In any case, there is a secret in Simon’s life, the secret is that Simon is gay and in the closet to everybody. He knows particularly his mother and father would be okay with his gay orientation, in spite of his father’s sometimes uncalled for jokes, and that a large portion of his peers support Ethan who has come out as gay, but Simon has been worried about different reasons for coming out than most and that is he does not want to deal with the change that would happen in what he has known as his life. He finds that he isn’t the only one suffering from this situation. He finds another classmate suffering from the same thing while posting online. This colleague calls himself “Blue” online and discusses his own battles in being gay and in the closet. With that posting having an email address where Simon can reach out, Simon starts a conversation with Blue opening up about his own battles but does not know who “Blue” is. In the help they wind up giving one another, Simon starts to fall in love with Blue, not knowing who he is or what he looks like. ‘Love Simon’ is Static compared to Annie hall and it happened one night because of the X meets Y case that happens in most romantic comedies. I think the films dynamic has changed in the way that love Simon is about a gay man, Simon. I think this is different from most from most romantic comedies in the past because I don’t think I have seen one that supports and shares an LGBTQ+ story. I liked and support the story of ‘Love, Simon’ and appreciated the change from other romantic comedies from the past.

  12. Simon Spier leads what he thinks about an entirely typical life. He has a caring mother and father (Emily and Jack Spier) and his younger sister (Nora Spier). His friends Leah, Nick and Abby and They all attend Creekwood High with Simon. In any case, there is a secret in Simon’s life, the secret is that Simon is gay and in the closet to everybody. He knows particularly his mother and father would be okay with his gay orientation, in spite of his father’s sometimes uncalled for jokes, and that a large portion of his peers support Ethan who has come out as gay, but Simon has been worried about different reasons for coming out than most and that is he does not want to deal with the change that would happen in what he has known as his life. He finds that he isn’t the only one suffering from this situation. He finds another classmate suffering from the same thing while posting online. This colleague calls himself “Blue” online and discusses his own battles in being gay and in the closet. With that posting having an email address where Simon can reach out, Simon starts a conversation with Blue opening up about his own battles but does not know who “Blue” is. In the help they wind up giving one another, Simon starts to fall in love with Blue, not knowing who he is or what he looks like. ‘Love Simon’ is Static compared to ‘Annie Hall’ and ‘It Happened One Night’ because of the X meets Y case that happens in most romantic comedies. I think the films dynamic has changed in the way that love Simon is about a gay man, Simon. I think this is different from most from most romantic comedies in the past because I don’t think I have seen one that supports and shares an LGBTQ+ story. I liked and support the story of ‘Love, Simon’ and appreciated the change from other romantic comedies from the past.

  13. Simon Spier leads what he thinks about an entirely typical life. He has a caring mother and father (Emily and Jack Spier) and his younger sister (Nora Spier). His friends Leah, Nick and Abby and They all attend Creekwood High with Simon. In any case, there is a secret in Simon’s life, the secret is that Simon is gay and in the closet to everybody. He knows particularly his mother and father would be okay with his gay orientation, in spite of his father’s sometimes uncalled for jokes, and that a large portion of his peers support Ethan who has come out as gay, but Simon has been worried about different reasons for coming out than most and that is he does not want to deal with the change that would happen in what he has known as his life. He finds that he isn’t the only one suffering from this situation. He finds another classmate suffering from the same thing while posting online. This colleague calls himself “Blue” online and discusses his own battles in being gay and in the closet. With that posting having an email address where Simon can reach out, Simon starts a conversation with Blue opening up about his own battles but does not know who “Blue” is. In the help they wind up giving one another, Simon starts to fall in love with Blue, not knowing who he is or what he looks like. ‘Love Simon’ is Static compared to Annie hall and it happened one night because of the X meets Y case that happens in most romantic comedies. I think the films dynamic has changed in the way that love Simon is about a gay man, Simon. I think this is different from most from most romantic comedies in the past because I don’t think I have seen one that supports and shares an LGBTQ+ story. I liked and support the story of ‘Love, Simon’ and appreciated the change from other romantic comedies from the past.

  14. The romantic comedy I watched was called the “The Ugly Truth” (2009) by director Robert Luketic. The movie follows a morning show producer Abby Richter who is having trouble with her TV view and her romantic life. Her bosses then hire a misogynistic man, Mike Chadway, how started a segment called the ugly truth, thinking that it will bring in views. Him and Abby are constantly arguing about his view on relationships. When Abby finds her type of man, she gets help from Mike to help her get with him. In the end falling for each other.
    The similar story with “it happened one night” both the female lead at strong independent women during their time period. The meet a man who start to hate each other but needs each other help. The male lead helps the women get another man but ultimately the male and female lead fall for each other in the process.
    In the movie “Annie Hall” both Abby and Alvy have trouble finding love through the movie. A well as the jokes are both not as conservative and mostly like not PG13.
    The movies are dynamic to each other with the camera quality. The all have different color within each other black and white, soft colors, and then bright colors. The joke for their time period differ from each other.

  15. The romantic comedy I chose to watch was, The Proposal (2009). The film was about a lady (Margaret Tate), who is the boss at her job and deals with the consequence of getting deported back to Canada, because of her expired visa. She comes up with the idea to say she is engaged to her assistant, Andrew Paxton. Andrew had been her assistant for a long time and he agreed to go along with “engagement”, but only if she gave him a promotion. He also, said she would have to fly home with him to Alaska to see his family. Throughout the film, the immigration official was skeptical about the engagement, so he seems to always have his eye on them. The two have many misfortunes, but they know they have to stick to the plan, so Margaret will not face deportation. This film relates to Annie Hall, in the sense that there are struggles that arise in the midst of romance. They both have two different types of struggles, like Margaret’s deportation issue and the ups and downs of Alvy and Annie’s relationship. These films both have main characters, a woman and a man, to demonstrate the idea of a romantic comedy. I think this shows the static that remains part of the formula. There is an update in dynamic in the film, because the romance in The Proposal, was all a part of a plan, whereas in Annie Hall and It Happened One Night, actual love takes place. The difference in the times of the films, is also what shows the dynamic in their storylines.

  16. I watched the film, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Besides the unusual premise, the rest of the plot does not try anything new. The film focuses on Annie, a journalist who is writing an article on the titular topic, by experiencing firsthand. Ben, who Annie choose to try this on, has a similar bet to make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. The two coincidentally choose each other and shenanigans ensue. It ends with the pair realizing their love for each other, disregarding their bets. In relation to “It Happened One Night,” the movie follows the tropes initially started by the film to the tee; nothing unexpected happens, instead relying on clichés and stereotypes for the plot and any jokes. Also, the movie uses the strong female protagonist trope, like “It Happened One Night” using the flapper motif, for its main character, with her having interests in sports and journalism, away from the classical female stereotype.
    In relation to “Annie Hall,” both films follow dysfunctional people in an unstable relationship, but unlike “Annie Hall” in focusing on this and realistically portraying it, the movie plays off the main characters horrible behavior for jokes and opts for a romanticized ending.

    • I watched the film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which was released on Netflix in 2018. This film follows high schooler Lara Jean, who has written love letters to the five loves of her life. One day, her letters are mailed to all five boys, one of whom Lara Jean is still in love with. So, in order to save face, Lara Jean strikes up a deal with Peter, handsome lacrosse player who just happens to have received a letter as well. This film is probably more similar to It Happened One Night, since they both have an overall cheery tone. It isn’t as metaphysical as Annie Hall, which deals with some harder subjects. I would also argue that this film has a strong emphasis on family, whereas the other two films had the couples more self-contained, with little mentions of family. To All the Boys is unique, however, because it takes place in high school. It is dynamic in that, because it is set in high school, this film can live in the moment without the future or the looming question of marriage. It is static in that there are clear obstacles and clear villains who prevent our couple from being together.

    • The Romantic Comedy that I choose to watch for this blog post assignment is A Cinderella Story (2004). A Cinderella Story is about a girl named Sam, who is played by Hilary Duff, works for her stepmother in her father’s diner as a janitor and dishwasher. Her father died when she was young so the stepmother is now in charge. During this time, Sam starts emailing and texting with a random boy on the internet and begins to establish a strong relationship with him. They end up meeting at a high school dance and to Sam’s surprise, it is the cutest boy at the high school, Austin, who is played by Chad Michael Murray. Sam freaks out because she is not as popular as him and tries to resist the relationship. This film can relate to both Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977) and Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night (1934). In both A Cinderella Story (2004) and It Happened One Night (1934), both lead female roles resist the lead male role. They both want to seem independent at first but then wind up falling in love with the lead male role. Then in both Annie Hall (1977) and A Cinderella Story (2004) we find issues and conflict between both characters, as their relationship is not perceived as perfect. A Cinderella Story (2004) also relates to Annie Hall (1977) and It Happened One Night (1934) because these movies all appeal to an audience who adore and enjoy fantasizing these unrealistic relationships and hope for their own some day. This romantic comedy is dynamic in the way where it updates these films using the way these relationships are established through the internet and texting. But A Cinderella Story (2004) is static where it still remains a rom com.

  17. The film I decided to watch was Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010). In the film, a young man named Scott Pilgrim enters a sort of competition to win over the affection of Ramona Flowers, who is guarded by her seven evil ex-lovers. He fights them one by one in extravagantly over-the-top ways, all while learning more about himself as a person. While this film is certainly not the most orthodox approach to the romantic comedy genre, I would argue that it does stick to the general formula that can be seen in It Happened One Night (1934) and Annie Hall (1977)- a man tries to win over a woman. It updates the dynamic of those two films in the way it presents this story, differing greatly from Annie Hall in terms of realism- Annie Hall being a fairly grounded and realistic story, and Scott Pilgrim being an over-the-top story with video game fight scenes. The same could be said regarding realism between Scott Pilgrim and It Happened One Night, however, I would argue that the slapstick 1930s humor found in the latter film can sort of be seen in a twenty-first century style with the extravagant fight scenes in Scott Pilgrim. In all, though Scott Pilgrim has the same static formula as these two films that came before, it is greatly updated in its overall dynamic.

  18. I watched the film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which was released on Netflix in 2018. This film follows high schooler Lara Jean, who has written love letters to the five loves of her life. One day, her letters are mailed to all five boys, one of whom Lara Jean is still in love with. So, in order to save face, Lara Jean strikes up a deal with Peter, handsome lacrosse player who just happens to have received a letter as well. This film is probably more similar to It Happened One Night, since they both have an overall cheery tone. It isn’t as metaphysical as Annie Hall, which deals with some harder subjects. I would also argue that this film has a strong emphasis on family, whereas the other two films had the couples more self-contained, with little mentions of family. To All the Boys is unique, however, because it takes place in high school. It is dynamic in that, because it is set in high school, this film can live in the moment without the future or the looming question of marriage. It is static in that there are clear obstacles and clear villains who prevent our couple from being together.

  19. The Romantic Comedy that I choose to watch for this blog post assignment is A Cinderella Story (2004). A Cinderella Story is about a girl named Sam, who is played by Hilary Duff, works for her stepmother in her father’s diner as a janitor and dishwasher. Her father died when she was young so the stepmother is now in charge. During this time, Sam starts emailing and texting with a random boy on the internet and begins to establish a strong relationship with him. They end up meeting at a high school dance and to Sam’s surprise, it is the cutest boy at the high school, Austin, who is played by Chad Michael Murray. Sam freaks out because she is not as popular as him and tries to resist the relationship. This film can relate to both Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977) and Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night (1934). In both A Cinderella Story (2004) and It Happened One Night (1934), both lead female roles resist the lead male role. They both want to seem independent at first but then wind up falling in love with the lead male role. Then in both Annie Hall (1977) and A Cinderella Story (2004) we find issues and conflict between both characters, as their relationship is not perceived as perfect. A Cinderella Story (2004) also relates to Annie Hall (1977) and It Happened One Night (1934) because these movies all appeal to an audience who adore and enjoy fantasizing these unrealistic relationships and hope for their own some day. This romantic comedy is dynamic in the way where it updates these films using the way these relationships are established through the internet and texting. But A Cinderella Story (2004) is static where it still remains a rom com.

  20. For this post, I watched “The Perfect Match”. This 2016 film focused on Charlie Mac, a bachelor who believes that romance, love, and relationships aren’t for him. He then agrees toa bet made by his two best friends, one married and one engaged, that he can remain with one woman up until the engaged one’s wedding day. To win the bet, he decides to date Eva, a beautiful woman who caught his eye before, and during their time together, Charlie begins developing true feelings for her.
    I’d consider this film to be a dynamic film with static features. It’s dynamic like “Annie Hall” in the sense that the film does not end with the main couple being together at the end. However, I would also mildly consider it static like “It Happened One Night” because it ends on a good note with Charlie trying to start a new relationship.

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    • The movie I watched The Proposal (2009) is a film about Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) the chief editor of a publishing company in New York City facing deportation due to her visa expiring. Margaret lost her parents at a young age and focused her life on her career and did not have any real relationship. She plans to fake a marriage with her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to obtain her green card and keep her job. In order to prepare for the immigration interview they have to travel to Alaska to meet Andrew’s family. There Margaret realizes what she was missing, as she watched how much Andrew’s family cared for each other, She called off the wedding even if it meant she would lose her job.
      This movie is similar to It happened in one night (1934) because both female characters were independent and both females had to get married. It is similar to Annie Hall (1977) because Alvy and Margaret had trouble staying in a long term relationship with people.
      The dynamic part of The Proposal is that Margaret is forcing the marriage on Andrew, instead of Andrew pursuing Margaret. The film was more of a comedy than a romantic story. There was no cute meet between the two because they knew each other for 3 years.
      What stays the same is that in the end of the movie they fall in love, get married and live happily ever after.

    • The movie I watched The Proposal (2009) is a film about Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) the chief editor of a publishing company in New York City facing deportation due to her visa expiring. Margaret lost her parents at a young age and focused her life on her career and did not have any real relationship. She plans to fake a marriage with her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to obtain her green card and keep her job. In order to prepare for the immigration interview they have to travel to Alaska to meet Andrew’s family. There Margaret realizes what she was missing, as she watched how much Andrew’s family cared for each other, She called off the wedding even if it meant she would lose her job.
      This movie is similar to It happened in one night (1934) because both female characters were independent and both females had to get married. It is similar to Annie Hall (1977) because Alvy and Margaret had trouble staying in a long term relationship with people.
      The dynamic part of The Proposal is that Margaret is forcing the marriage on Andrew, instead of Andrew pursuing Margaret. The film was more of a comedy than a romantic story. There was no cute meet between the two because they knew each other for 3 years.
      What stays the same is that in the end of the movie they fall in love, get married and live happily ever after.

  21. I watched the movie Warm Bodies (2013), which is about R, a zombie man who drifts through each day with no memory of what it’s like to be alive until he meets Julie. Literally, the more time they spend together, the more he comes back to life. While Julie’s people are initially very aggressive and against R, the other zombies are mostly just confused as to why R wouldn’t eat a perfectly good brain, but due to their bond with him they also learn how to live again.
    Warm Bodies may not be as subversive as Annie Hall, but it does have some dynamic departure from “typical” rom-coms like It Happened One Night. Julie is a modern action girl character; having been raised in a zombie apocalypse she knows how to handle many weapons and through human ingenuity a few unconventional weapons too. In fact she’s more competent in a fight than R, as he can’t hold weapons too well and has very slow reflexes due to the whole zombie thing, but he makes up for it in spirit and lack of pain receptors. Also, movies like It Happened One Night make the rivalry between the pre-existing boyfriend and R an important plot in the larger film, but Warm Bodies kills him off in the first few scenes.
    Both It Happened One Night and Warm Bodies feature a spirited, young female lead who’s family holds power in their world, Ellen with her family’s money and Julie being the daughter of the leader. They both also have a love interest before meeting the male lead, but that relationship is stagnant and fading. Both girls hold a good amount of distain for the other lead, but as they are shown what life for them is like they become interested in their lives and develop a love for them.
    While Annie Hall doesn’t share too much in story or tone, the male leads are similar in their disposition. Both Alvy and R are the philosophizing male leads and begin with very bleak outlooks on life with “unconventional”, interests but they become more alive when they meet the right girl. At the end of each film Alvy still retains much of his pessimism, but R completely flips his view. Both movies also appeal to young audiences with Warm Bodies being a teen romance set in a zombie apocalypse.

  22. The romantic comedy movie I watched was The Decoy Bride (2010). The movie is about the wedding between an English author named James Arber and an American movie star named Lara Tyler, as their try to have a secret wedding on the small Scottish island of Hegg. After learning that the paparazzi found out about the wedding Lara runs away. In order to deceive James Lara’s managers hire a recently disengaged girl named Katie Nic Aodh who moved back to her small hometown after heartbreak to be a decoy while they search for Lara. Unfortunately James is not fooled, but not before Katie accidently signs the marriage certificate with her own name instead of Lara’s. With that new information James and Katie try to find Lara themselves as high jinx ensue.
    While I can’t see many similarities between this movie and Annie Hall besides the more modern setting, The Decoy Bride much like with It Happened One Night the story involves two characters falling in love with another while trying to reunite with different partner. However the gender roles are reversed with James trying to find Lara with the help of Katie opposed to Ellen trying to get to Westly with the help of Peter.

  23. I watched the movie Just Go with It starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. This film is about a man named Danny(Adam Sandler) who gets his heart shattered at his own wedding so to cope with the pain and not be reminded of how much of a loser he is, he wears his wedding ring and pretends to be married so that he can go on dates without worrying about commitment . He finesses for a while until one day he decides to take the ring off and he ends up meeting this girl named Palmer who he thinks is the girl of his dreams. Unfortunatley she refuses to get involved with him after finding his wedding ring the morning after their date. Instead of telling her the truth, he tells her that he is getting a divorce and he gets his assistant, Katherine, to pose as his ex-wife in order to prevent palmer from leaving. The hole just gets deeper for danny when Katherine accidentally mentions her kids while meeting Palmer and she thinks that Danny is their father. Danny brings Katherine’s kids in on the lie to make the story legit. In order to keep everything according to plan, Danny caves in when Katherine son proposes a trip to Hawaii. During this trip Katherine and her kids continue to put up this facade for Danny, but while spending more time together Danny realizes that Katherine has been the girl of his dreams this entire time. As Danny is about to get married to Palmer, he finds Katherine and confesses his feelings to her and they end up getting married and live as a happily. This movie relates to It Happened One Night because they both have independent female characters, like Ellie and Katherine, and one character thinks they have met their true love, but they find out they are in love with someone else. It relates to Annie Hall because it relates to a young audience trying to navigate through this complicated construct we call love. Both of these films also have a male character who had trouble with relationships and eventually found true love with some self reflection and honesty. The dynamic in this film, besides the camera quality improving, is the situation with Danny going on dates with no strings attached and creating some chemistry with katherines kids. The thing that remains static is the love that is developed and established by the end of the movie and the happy ending of the movie. All these films center around romance and following what your heart says instead of your mind.

  24. For this assignment, I watched “Yesterday” (2019). As a huge Beatles fan, I found it enjoyable and lighthearted. It’s the story of a man who finds himself the only person in the world who remembers the Beatles’ music and therefore decides to pass their songs off as his own. I didn’t see much similarity between it and “It Happened One Night”, though I can definitely see some inspiration in it from “Annie Hall” with the protagonist being a performer, however the relationship plot in “Annie Hall” seemed to be more in the foreground, whereas in “Yesterday”, though it definitely passes as a Romantic Comedy, the relationship between Jack and Ellie is almost a subplot. The element of supernaturalism in fact reminds me of “Groundhog Day” more than either of the other two. I think the relationship between Jack and Ellie in “Yesterday” is mostly dynamic rather than static in the sense in that their characters take some twists and turns and grow and evolve throughout it, but it also seemed pretty clear that they were meant to be together from the beginning.

  25. I watched the movie “Her” (2013) for this blog post. I would have to say that this movie differs from a lot of other romance movies because the “love interest” is not even a human being. Theodore falls in love with an AI named Samantha and develops a “relationship” with it. This movie is similar to the other rom coms because it still follows the same storyline of the trials and tribulations of love, but it differs in the sense that they do not actually get together and it is not a man and woman. This movie also differs because they do not have a happy ending and Theodore learns to just be content with being single and enjoying the friendships he has.

  26. For my post, I decided to cover the film Just Go With It(2011)starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. In this movie, Danny(Sandler) is a plastic surgeon who has just went through a heartbreak after breaking off a wedding at the last minute. He still wears his wedding ring in order to attract other women which works for about 20+ years. One day he goes to the beach as a getaway and comes across a young woman named Palmer(Brooklyn Decker) and they begin to spend some quality time together. Danny beliveves she’s the woman of his dreams and things are going great but Palmer discovers Danny’s ring and asked if he was married. Cracking under the pressure, he lies and says yes but then procceds to tell her that he’s getting divorced. Palmer is very intruiged and would love to meet his “wife”, so Danny tells his assistant nurse Katherine(Aniston) to pretend to be his wife. To make matters worse, Katherine on accident, mentions that she has two kids when meeting Palmer. Palmer is convinced that Danny is the father of those children and the son guilts Danny into going on vacation. So, Danny, Katherine, her two kids and Palmer all decide to take a group vacation togther to Hawaii, along with Danny’s friend(Nick Swardson) acting as Katherine’s fiance. This comedy is static because it displays this typical “fake love” concept in which two people who aren’t in love at first, begin to gain more and more feelings towards each other. This movie is also dynamic because two characters are brought together to sell an act. It relates to “It Happened One Night” because they both have female characters(Ellie and Katherine) that have fallen for someone but in reality, the person they’ve fallen for is in love with another person.

  27. For me, I heard Her was a romantic comedy, but it was mostly sad. In it Happened One Night, the two love interests meet and slowly get to know each other, as events progress across the film. Their journey to escape the female love interests father taught both characters a lot about their separate societies and allowed them to bond. Annie Hall is set up with a pre-existing couple that show us little slices of their life. It seemed simply just a bunch of events that happened and didn’t have much of a motivator for them to happen, it was just life in general that kept on going. Her does start with the two love leads meeting, then trying to improve and keep the relationship they have stable. We barely get to see what the female AI does, but we do learn what she does when she is not with the lead, Theodore. We see her try to cope with being an AI, with not having a body. She tells Theodore one day, “are my feelings actually real? Are they just a bunch of coding? Am I really fake?” Theodore has to cope with what people may think about him dating an AI, and the fact that he realizes he doesn’t know what she does when he’s not talking to her. It seems Her mimics part of the formula of two love interests meeting and working out their differences, but it doesn’t have a happy ending, and it uses a lot of new shot and editing formats.

    Tried to make the word count small but I had a lot to discuss.

  28. The movie I watched waw Valentine’s Day (2010). There is a florist who wants to propose to his current girlfriend, a babysitter who wants to lose her virginity, the babysitter’s grandparents who struggle with their long marriage, an elementary school teacher who falls in love with a married man, a passenger on the plane meets a female army captain, the owner of an Indian Restaurant puts together a wedding ceremony along with an “I Hate Valentine’s Day” party. Compared to It Happened One Night and Annie Hall it is static in the fact that it has an “x meets y” scenario (the passenger on the plane meets a female army captain). It is dynamic in the way that the movie is more modern in the aspect of how love is perceived nowadays, an example of that is the hook-up culture of modern society compared to back then when It Happened One Night (1934) and Annie Hall (1977) were filmed.

  29. So I think something went wrong with my original post? I clicked ‘post comment’ but it didn’t show up. Apologies if it is posted twice.

    In it Happened One Night, the two love interests meet and slowly get to know each other, as events progress across the film. Their journey to escape the female love interests father taught both characters a lot about their separate societies and allowed them to bond. Annie Hall is set up with a pre-existing couple, it seemed simply just a bunch of events that happened because life moved on. However, Annie Hall shows us the ups and down of a relationship and how communication needs to happen to keep it stable. Her (2013), does start with the two love leads meeting, then trying to improve and keep the relationship they have. We see Samantha, the female lead, try to cope with being an AI. She tells Theodore one day, “are my feelings actually real? Are they just a bunch of coding? Am I fake?” Theodore has to cope with what people may think about him dating an AI, and the fact that he realizes he doesn’t know what she does when he’s not talking to her. I think it doesn’t stray too far from the formula, with the exception of a bitter ending and the female lead being an AI in a super-tech society in a city filled with smog. So largely static with basic plot of ‘fall in love, then have to keep the relationship afloat.’ But there is some dynamic ideas in the ending of the female lead ‘dying’ as well as being an AI.

  30. I watched “Playing It Cool” (2014) for this blog post. The film follows Chris Evans’ character, who is simply known as “Me”, as he recounts the time, he met the love of his life. The film’s dynamic approach to the heart is interesting as the protagonist’s heart has a physical representation in the plot as a chain-smoking clone of himself. His heart’s actions mostly serve as a reaction to his in the plot, as it gives the audience an insight into his psyche. Overall, the film static as it follows the common rom-com formula: the male protagonist who doesn’t believe in love meets an unobtainable woman who changes his worldview as he falls for her and almost ruins her life in the process.

  31. The movie I watched was, ‘The Big Sick’, (2017) directed by Michael Showalter. The movie was loosely based on a real-life relationship between Emily and Kumail. Kumail is a Pakistani comic who meets Emily at one of his stand up shows. As the relationship blossoms, Kumail becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of Emily. The movie follows the interracial couple as they deal with cultural differences between them when Emily becomes sick and Kumail develops a strong bond with Emily’s mother and father. The movie uses its leads and cross-cultural themes to explore new angles within the standard rom com formula.

  32. Letters to Juliet was a movie that follows a successful Sophie that goes on a life changing trip, although her original mission was different from the outcome. Sophie seems to have it all and is in a committed relationship with another man, in a job she is passionate about and goes to Rome on a trip with her boyfriend, she ends up wandering in Rome and creating a new story. In both Letters to Juliet (2010) and It Happened One Night (1934) both female leads reject the men they will eventually fall in love with, both movies showcase independent women who have the rest of their lives figured out plus the underlying plot is also very similar since both protagonists initially think they are in love with the person witch who they are with and fall in love with another. Letters to Juliet (2010) and Annie Hall(1977) tend to relate since they tend to have a set intent to attract younger, Letters to Juliet(2010) like Annie Hall(1977) does not only follow the two main protagonists but the people around them as well, there are many dynamic characters in both movies. All these movies have the center theme of “girl meets boy and grow together”

  33. The romantic comedy I decided to watch was Clueless (1995). This film follows Cher, a rich high schooler who is obsessed with fashion and popularity. Cher sees herself as a matchmaker and decides to give the new girl, tomboy Tai a makeover to help her find a boyfriend. Throughout the film we see Tai go from a kind and considerate person to someone who is shallow and cruel. Clueless (1995) and Annie Hall (1977) both show how young love can change and how it can change the people themselves. Portraying the reality that love really does change people, and sometimes it’s not for the better. 

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