That’s a pretty in depth analysis of the rom-com and a good read. I do think that the times dictate the financial needs and the rom-com is just following a formula. There is however the level of comedy vs. funny that goes on in these movies. I took a writing class on Comedy of Manners way back in school and it comes in handy today when recognizing the standard comedy formula that used to include more socialites. It isn’t as cool to be a socialite anymore apparently. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comedy%20of%20manners. I enjoyed the article.