A romcom that was a tad dramatic and could have been funnier

2009-12-14 00:00

I’M not a conspiracy theorist, but I have a feeling the romantic comedy is a ploy by not-so-handsome Hollywood actors to redefine who we know Mr Dreamy to be.

We’ve all been told the media has a cumulative effect on the general populace. For years, people have argued that the more we see something in the media, the more we start to believe it.

With that said, I can’t tell how many times since the day I emerged for my loving mother’s womb I’ve seen the damsel-in-distress end up in the arms of a six-foot, well-sculpted, blue-eyed pretty-boy with a tan and heart-melting Aquafresh-smile.

Now, it seems the damsel is opting more and more for the paler, hairier, flabbier (but funny) guy.

Wait … before for you label my little observation as rubbish, answer me this: when last did you see an old fashioned romance on the big screen?

At the forefront of this movement is Vince Vaughn (who has, in the past few years, put out two of the more successfuL romcoms — The Break-Up and Wedding Crashers).

Okay, so just because he was in these films, doesn’t mean he’s trying to take over the world, right?

Well, did you know that he not only produced The Break-Up, but he also co-wrote Couples Retreat.

In this one, he plays one half of a couple who is dragged along to a camp for conflicting couples who want to patch things up.

The film wasn’t that bad. It was a tad on the dramatic side (for a comedy), but I suppose that’s what you get when you bastardise genres — moments that leave you feeling a bit uncomfortable because you don’t really expect them.

It could have been funnier (a lot more, actually), but I suppose when you’re trying to change people’s pre-existing notions on who should end up with the girl, you’d want it to be as “real” as can be.

Anyway, if I’ve not managed to convince you about my theory, and my observation served no other purpose than to put a smile on your face, then mission accomplished. Vaughn should take notes.

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