Liberal Arts is a romantic comedy about growing up, those unwilling to do so, and those trying to do so too quickly. Life After Beth (2014)There have been several great indie romantic-comedies this year. Case in point: Life After Beth, a quirky rom-com about young love in which one of the parties is a zombie.It stars Dane De Haan and Aubrey Plaza, the latter of which is particularly dynamic as the zombie.
Thanks to the title and the star (Ben Stiller), Greenberg was presented as a character portrait, but story-wise, it's a romantic comedy (as New Yorker's Richard Brody pointed out when it was released). Though the movie is about Lake Bell trying to make it in the male-dominated field of voice-over artists, there is a cute, awkward courtship between her and Demetri Martin. candidate who meets Abby (Jennifer Westfeldt, who also wrote the movie), an intuitive, free-spirited receptionist at the gym Messina signs up for. By starting with them married, the film is able to look at the relationship between marriage and love. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)A man with some issues starts dating an unusual woman, which his family and friends don't approve of at first.
Greta Gerwig perfectly plays a Greta Gerwig type, a romantic but somewhat-spacey young woman just trying to figure out what she should do with her life. Bell also directed the film and wrote the super-funny script that won her the Best Screenplay honor at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Ira & Abby (2006)Through many solid indie-film performances, Chris Messina had some practice for his romantic-comedy lead role on The Mindy Project. Eventually, they come around when they see how much the man has grown as a result of the relationship. No, an actual doll.) Lars and the Real Girl, which features what I still consider to be Ryan Gosling's best performance, is an honest, sweet movie, which plays Lars's love — well — real. Liberal Arts (2012)On How I Met Your Mother, Ted Mosby always seemed like the type of guy who thought himself a rom-com protagonist, so Josh Radnor was more than prepared to star in Liberal Arts (which he also wrote and directed).
Ceremony (2011)Ceremony is what it would look like if Wes Anderson made Wedding Crashers.
Written and directed by Max Winkler (Henry's son), it tells the story of a young children's-book author (Michael Angarano) who crashes the wedding weekend of an older woman (Uma Thurman) he's had an intimate letter-writing relationship with.
The movie is primarily about Jones's journey to move on, and she is terrific in the film, which she also co-wrote.
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"The romantic comedy is dead" is a narrative we've come to accept.
I'm not here to argue that this isn't true, but rather to say that the romantic comedy is not dead, it just went underground, and the genre is better for it.
Ever the semiotics major, with The Baxter, Showalter (who wrote, directed, and starred) explored the tropes of the genre a bit more earnestly. The First Time (2012)You cannot underestimate chemistry, and man, do Dylan O'Brien and Britt Robertson have it here.
Specifically, it's about what he calls "the Baxter," which are those perfectly fine guys in romantic comedies, like Bill Pullman in Sleepless in Seattle, whom the female protagonist leaves to be with the actual male protagonist. Have you ever had a moment while watching a movie when two actors come into frame together and you just want to shout at the screen for them to start kissing already?
Their dynamic is not unlike the rom-com trope of one person starting off hating the other, but here, it is a lot more intense and uncomfortable due to her deep-seated issues.