Which film genre can have you laughing, crying, gushing, and screaming at the screen in frustration all within opening and closing credits? Romantic Comedies, of course! You know, the classic boy meets girl, boy and girl face complicated circumstances in the form of plot twists, and ultimately boy and girl fall in love and live happily ever after. Granted, within every film category there are always the good, the bad, and the plain ugly. The good rom-coms sweep us off our feet, and solidify the notion that true love does, in fact, exist. The bad is usually predictable, over-the-top, or just plain unbelievable. And finally, the ugly romantic comedies are the ones that completely miss the mark and leave you completely dumbfounded.
We could have made a list of our most cherished romantic comedies that we will forever reach for when we are in the mood for love, but that wouldn’t be as fun. Rather, check out which romantic comedies we think got it all wrong in the love department.
You would think that two attractive A-listers in an exotic beach setting would make for a very interesting story line. Unfortunately, the 2008 film Fools Gold did not dazzle audiences. The movie starred Kate Hudson and Mathew McConaughey (the same pair that co-starred in the cult classic How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) and was about a divorced couple who rekindle their relationship while searching for treasure in the Bahamas. Though the story line was action packed, critics claimed that chemistry between the two co-stars was almost none existent. This film forgot the most important rule of romantic comedies: make sure the romance is believable.
She’s All That
She’s All That, starring Rachel Leigh Cook as a geeky artist, Laney Dobbs, and the dreamy Freddie Prinze Jr as Zack the popular school jock, became the rom-com cliché that launched more copycats than should be allowed in one category. It seemed as if the movie was trying to convince us that if a girl only took down her pony-tail, got contacts, and a bought a new wardrobe, she just might be totally drop-dead gorgeous. While we all know the average high school boy is not exactly known for being overly observant, how Laney could have been overlooked as anything but total catch before Zack’s unnecessary makeover is beyond us. We give this movie a low rating for the sole fact that you should never let a boy change who you are, even if it is the charming Freddie Prinze Jr!
The Wedding Planner
Mathew McConaughey makes it back on our list, this time as Steve, a married man who falls in love with his wedding planner, Mary, played by Jennifer Lopez. Granted, Steve’s long-term girlfriend and wife-to-be was not the easiest person to deal with, but this film raises a lot of questions about fidelity. If it is one thing this film proved is that getting involved with those already spoken for is an extremely sticky situation.
What happens when a bachelor sets out to find a bride in only one day or he will lose his grandfather’s massive inheritance? A crowd teeming with want-to-be-brides show up to try and win the bachelor’s heart and become the rich wives they’ve always dreamed of being, of course. While there are many reasons to dislike this film, the most gag-worthy is the way women are represented in this film, as money-hungry, status seekers. The only time women should claw over each other in pursuit of a man is never.