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Romantic Comedy. AKA: Chick Flick, Romance, Screwball Comedy, & Melodrama. Setting. often Urban setting often time and place don’t matter -- setting is secondary to the genre’s theme. Characters. Romantic heroine and hero -- often dislike one another initially

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Romantic Comedy

AKA: Chick Flick, Romance, Screwball Comedy, & Melodrama


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Setting

oftenUrban setting

often time and place don’t matter -- setting is secondary to the genre’s theme


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Characters

Romantic heroine and hero -- often dislike one another initially

friends & family who support the heroine and hero -- confidantes

other characters who create problems for the couple -- e.g. other woman, parents, etc.

typical male: strong, silent, not affected by emotions

typical female: romantic, affected by emotions, defined by romance


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Plot

some challenge to the relationship -- mixed identity, confusion, social class, initial hatred…

characters bump into one another by accident; continually thrown together by fate in humorous ways

“series of improbable adventures”

characters evolve/change


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Plot (Cont.)

declaration of love

discover “true love” after the initial conflicts

happy ending: love overcomes all odds


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Other Elements

light-hearted, humorous, amusing, & optimistic mood

use of sound, music, and rapid, witty dialogue

exaggerated characters, language, situations -- larger-than-life


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Value Assumptions

family/love are important and desirable institutions

being single is not fulfilling

there is someone for everyone

true love exists

LOVE OVERCOMES ALL


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Audience

favorite actors in the genre -- Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts

romantic comedies often reflect the humor and norms of the time

however -- audiences love them because they are timeless


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