Do you like RomComs?
Yes
14.7% (47)
14.7% (47)
Not usually, but sometimes
58.3% (186)
58.3% (186)
Never
26.6% (85)
26.6% (85)
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Poll: Guys and Romantic Comedies

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I don't mind comedy sometimes, but I prefer it if romance was kept out of all of my movies, comedies included. I just hate romance in general. I've seen a few that I liked because they were actually decent movies in addition romantic comedies, though. I also liked this one Chinese one called Summer Holiday with Richie Ren and Sammy Cheng despite it probably being pretty crappy.

I'm not a guy.

TheBobmus:
...the fact that moves such as Love Actually are some of the funniest movies any person can watch.

PffftttttTTTAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA

I wholeheartedly disagree with the subjectivity of that there statement.

I dislike most romantic comedies, but I really loved A Walk to Remember. Maybe it's because it was the first Nicolas Spark movie I saw, and knowing that every single one of his other movies is exactly the same as A Walk to Remember will make any other one of his movies seem like shit. Maybe.

Otherwise, I can't even think of any romantic comedies off-hand that I've seen.

Wait, I just thought of one. 500 Days of Summer. It is, strictly-speaking, romantic and comedic, but I wouldn't exactly call it a romantic comedy. I still liked it a lot, though.

I'm one of six children, the only male. Ive been forced to watch MANY movies I wouldn't normally watch. But there are a few that stand out as having something for everyone.

Love Actually, Easy A, anything Adam Sandler are some of the best Ive seen.

It's odd, as far as movies go I usually hate romcom's(there are exceptions). But my favorite manga and anime are are romcom's. And I have a love for romantic VN's as well.

I'm willing to give them the time of day *IF* they don't follow one of these two formulas...

A.
Successful independent woman is successfully independent, and doesn't realize something is missing in her life and/or trying to fill the void.
Meets amazing man, start dating.
Man and woman have unrealistic experiences where they fall in love.
Woman is forced to make career altering choice creating conflict with man and career.
Man make unrealistic romantic gesture to win over and/or support woman.
Woman remains in love with man and continues being successful.
Happy ending.

B.
Successful independent man is successfully independent, and doesn't realize something is missing in his life and/or trying to fill the void.
Meets amazing woman that turns life upside down, start dating.
Man and woman have unrealistic experiences where they fall in love.
Woman sees man outside reasonable context and jumps to questionable conclusions.
Man spends unrealistic amount of effort to win woman back.
Woman falls back in love with man who jeapordizes entire future for love of woman.
Happy ending.

I don't especially like them, but I'l happily sit down and watch one. Though I am partial to a viewing of 'How to lose friends and alienate people'.

A lot of them annoy me, but there are still lots of romantic comedies that I enjoy like 500 Days of Summer, When Harry Met Sally and others too...

Still, sci-fi, fantasy, drama and other films are better for me.

Shaun of the dead is still one of my favorite films, i like to think of it as rom com with zombies.

I can enjoy any movie of any genera if it's a good movie.

No because they are all without fail two people meeting through serendipity and becoming happy and fulfilled with the minimum of work with the occasional caper that ends well in the end. So no. They are effing shite.

Captcha: moon cheese

Wat.

I usually avoid them because they work like a sitcom. Or they ARE a sitcom. Sitcoms are just too safe for me to enjoy when Sketch shows exist.

96% of RomComs are all Rom and no Com. There are a few that are actually funny though.

I hate romantic comedies. IMHO they tend to be about as romantic as watching the mating cycle of penguins and just about as funny.

I've never been a fan of romcoms myself, ones I've watched have always been far too cheesy, unrealistic and geared towards a female audience for my taste. Of maybe the two dozen I've seen the only one I remember enjoying was 'Hitch', but maybe that's because Will Smith is so unbelievably charming that he could make anything watchable.

And to the OP, forgive me if I'm wrong, but I'm not sure that we as guys are so obstinate as you seem to think. I suspect most people don't dislike romcoms because of some macho bullshit being a barrier preventing us enjoying something, it's because we're just not a part of its audience. And humour is a subjective term - I also saw 'Love Actually' and thought it was pretty dire.

I like good movies. The circles can overlap, but often don't.

If you're going to do the goddamn "Third act stupid misunderstanding, guy runs after the girl and/or humiliates himself to get them back together", you better have brought your 'A' game to the writing and performances.

Rarely. There are some I like, probably can't remember any of them (...Bruce Almighty counts as a romantic comedy, no? Liar Liar same? ;d).

The_Waspman:
The problem with romantic comedies is that they are neither A) romantic, or B) particularly funny. Thats false advertising right there.

Forget the Mass Effect 3 ending, why aren't people up in arms about this?

And yes, I went there.

I don't know, why aren't people in arms about Hitler...

Yes I went there. Dumb comparisons all around!

The fact that you can guess with confidence exactly what will happen aside from the tiny minor details. Everything else is pretty much garunteed.
The forced drama
The ex
The secondary love intrest
The ending
The friends that hook up
The married friends
The guy that has to win the girl over another guy
The fact the the above guy always "wins"

Sometimes it makes me hope for the "bad ending", just because I think it would be better as a story.
That being said there are some RomComs I actually enjoy as long I laugh a lot and aren't too romantic. Just Friends comes to mind.

I love movies from all genres!

No, I love GOOD movies from all genres. The sad truth is that the movie industry views Rom-Coms like female porn. All they have to do is put in the reliable actors and actresses and include the basic components, and you'll have women lined up. They rarely put any more effort into it than that. Even normally good actors seem to be half-assing it when they're in a romantic comedy.

You know what's better? A comedy with a romance in it.

Also... They're sort of patronizing. They usually star a woman who's missing something in her life and she needs a man to complete her. It's very creepy the way women flock to things that preach the very thing they speak against. It's like Sucker Punch. That was supposedly this huge female-empowerment movie, but it required the stars to strip for their freedom. They couldn't put any practical skills to work, so they just shook their boobies to get what they needed. The only reason they were able to be as successful as they were was because they finally found a girl who could shake her boobies the best. How's that empowerment? Your average woman needs to think more critically about the media because I think the media is making fun of her at every turn.

Yes, I must admit that I like quite a few rom-coms. Far from all of them, but I can't help but feel fuzzy and warm inside when I watch something like Notting Hill, Love Actually or The Holiday or something like that. Yeah, I'm a wuss on the inside.

Plenty of them bore me though, but that's mostly because they're cheaply and simply made fodder. But I don't care that even the good ones are predictable, they just make go all "Awwww!"

Vault101:
my favorite rom com?

Punch drunk Love

And I have a lot of puddings, and in six to eight weeks it can be redeemed. So if you could just give me that much time, I think I can get enough mileage to go with you wherever you go if you have to travel for your work. Because I don't ever want to be anywhere without you. So could you just let me redeem the mileage?"

doesnt get much sweeter than that

I love that movie, and it also proved to me that Adam Sandler can in fact act pretty damn well, and do so in other movies than slapstick comedies.

canadamus_prime:
I hate romantic comedies. IMHO they tend to be about as romantic as watching the mating cycle of penguins and just about as funny.

Um, penguins are WAAAY more awesome than the majority of rom-coms.

Treefingers:

canadamus_prime:
I hate romantic comedies. IMHO they tend to be about as romantic as watching the mating cycle of penguins and just about as funny.

Um, penguins are WAAAY more awesome than the majority of rom-coms.

That may be, but that doesn't make their mating cycle any more enjoyable to watch.

As a guy, no. I don't like most romcoms, if only for the fact that about 90% through the movie the main character will fuck up so bad that everybody hates them, they get all whiny and depressed then get a generic inspirational speech from some old guy then they go of a get the girl/guy in the end. Plus haf of 'em aren't even that funny.

Now note I said most, every now and then I'll watch one that was good, can't recall them atm but I know they're out there.

Does Scott Pilgrim count?

If a film's good, then it is good (I bet you didn't expect that bit of wisdom, huh ?). The problem with most RomComs that have come out are just cringeworthy. They feel forced. Especially the "teen" romcoms. They're all interchangeable. It's the same plot over and over again, with different characters. (I used plot and not story, because for me plot "what happens" and story is the whole package)

One of my favourite movies is Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless mind, though i'm not sure how to categorise it.. I've got a y chromosome btw.

The comedy usually falls a little flat for me, and I generally don't like romance as anything other than a distraction. Also, a frequent problem in rom-coms (horror has started to stumble into this pit too) is the whole 'formula' issue, where many films follow an eerily identical structure, which is then justified by the one 'quirk' the movie has to offer (the guy sells viagra, he got her pregnant, they already got drunkenly married, he lives at home, she's a superhero, one of them suffers from some kind of personality disorder, something like that).

Casual Shinji:
I like movies that are romantic and funny, but rom-com's tend to be neither of these things.

A movie that I find romantic and funny is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

That, however, I do agree with. Very enjoyable movie.

canadamus_prime:

Treefingers:

canadamus_prime:
I hate romantic comedies. IMHO they tend to be about as romantic as watching the mating cycle of penguins and just about as funny.

Um, penguins are WAAAY more awesome than the majority of rom-coms.

That may be, but that doesn't make their mating cycle any more enjoyable to watch.

Debatable. Personally, I could watch penguins all day, doing whatever they want. Rom-coms on the other hand... different story.

I'm a huge Scott Pilgrim fan, if that counts.
Other than that, I generally avoid them. They're just not something that interests me, as there are generally better films out there.

Treefingers:

canadamus_prime:

Treefingers:

Um, penguins are WAAAY more awesome than the majority of rom-coms.

That may be, but that doesn't make their mating cycle any more enjoyable to watch.

Debatable. Personally, I could watch penguins all day, doing whatever they want. Rom-coms on the other hand... different story.

I'm guessing you've never seen any documentaries on real life penguins. They are monumentally less interesting to watch than they are in cartoons and animated movies about tap dancing. ...much like RomCOms

Amberella:
As a woman myself, I rarely enjoy romantic comedies. I'd rather watch an adventure/action/horror flick any day. :) But on occasion I will watch one.

Pretty much this! >_<
I find them a bit too predictable. They always seem to follow the same gender role (The girl is an uptight, boring bitch who just needs the cooky, fun-loving guy to show her a good time!)
It annoys me that they seem to think all women can only have a choice of three personalities too.

Don't even get me started on the 'Boy likes girl, girl doesn't like boy, boy persists, girl suddenly likes boy.'
I hate that cliché so much D:

Like every genre out there, it has some good examples and some bad ones. I tend to give them a fair chance, but the truth is, most are so full of cliches its almost laughable... Its like there is only a couple templates for a script and when they need a new movie they just search and replace some pieces and BAM, you got a script worthy of Jennifer Lopez, Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler.

Does Rom-Com include Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog and/or Scott Pilgrim vs. The World? Because if so, then I guess I like them.
The problem I have with Rom-Com is it's often too soppy and cliché, but like with any genre, there are good and bad movies.

I find all romance hilarious, it's so strange and irrational! Oh you humans and you're emotions!

I will admit there are some damn good RomComs out there (the aforementioned Love Actually being a personal favorite), but most are formulaic and insubstantial enough that it takes a while for an exception to register on my radar.

Shame, really.

liquidsolid:

Plot= Man meets woman, man and woman fall 'in love', man somehow screws up, woman leaves man, man 'proves himself' to woman, man and woman end up together at the end.

Setting= A big city or a foreign country that is most likely European

Characters= Woman is an overworked professional, Man is fun loving and secure and 'just what she needs', Womans best friend is sexual and sometimes a minority, Man's best friend is crude an broish and 'doesn't understand love. The main couples best friends usually hook up by the end of the film so that everyone lives HAPPILY EVER AFTER

BAH HUMBUG

Interesting side note: Replace the "overworked professional" with the "popular girl at high school," have someone get naked before the end credits and now you've got yourself a teen comedy.

Went with not usually but sometimes, mostly because on occasion I can find myself enjoying a particular scene but that enjoyment usually fills me with a strange self-loathing at the fact that no quirky romance is likely to happen to me, not because I'm horribly inept but simply because I'm too pessimistic to believe it could.

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