All is Fair in Love and Romantic Comedies
You know there is still hope for the world after you watch a good Rom Com. While the genre has never gone anywhere, the golden era of Romantic Comedies (which on a timeline would lovingly be labeled as the “Ephron Years”) of the nineties is making a comeback in the television world. The fresh reprisal has been happening through the likes of Mindy Kaling, Zooey Deschanel and most recently Hilary Duff and Sutton Foster. My heart filled up with joy first watching the Mindy Project’s homage to all of the days she spent watching You’ve Got Mail. It’s no wonder Chris Messina is her leading guy. It’s magic!
And it was also the first time where it felt like somebody “got it.” This was me. This was my life too. Flash-forward a few more years and I was just as hopelessly devoted to How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. The Hudson- McConaughey became the new Meg and Tom. And there have been so many great combos alongside and after them; Roberts-Gere, Bullock-Reeves, Messing-Mulroney, Lopez-McConaughey, Witherspoon-McDreamy, Adams-McDreamy, McAdams-Gosslin and McAdams-Tatum and McAdams-Wilson etc., etc combos.
The latest on the TV Rom-Com side is the cast of Younger, which feels somewhat reminiscent of Mary Tyler Moore with its in-office humor and leading lady — Sutton Foster trying to make it after all (a concept which works quite well for Mindy and New Girl too). Writer of Younger, Darren Star who also wrote Sex and the City is at the helm of this project. In it, Foster has found the ability to not only capture the world of the twenty-something, but also survive it again. The first few episodes really hit on what it’s like to work in a land dominated by social media and additionally having a real-life social life. Duff is her guide through this space and it will be interesting to see the evolving plot lines as Foster will seemingly soon be discovered to be the 40-something woman she is, instead of the 20-something woman she is not.
Through television and on the big screen, the Rom Com has been revived through amazing female leads and comedic duos like Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. It feels like there is true hope for the Romantic Comedy to live on and it is equally hopeful that the little girls of today will see these contributions as some of the most memorable of the genre. Embracing these talents has also led to truly seeing these women in the exceptional light they deserve, many of which are not only phenomenal actors but also phenomenal writers, directors producers and artists.
The success and similarity lies in each of these ladies’ innate ability to not only pull on our heart strings but also add to our laugh lines with the quick witted humor necessary to keep us engaged with each move the character makes. As a female writer, this is a beautiful thing to witness, share in and celebrate. My formative years have been shaped by so many of these wonderful ladies and so many more exceptional female characters. There is really no shame in standing by the Romantic Comedy genre. Love is just love. No apologies- unless it’s in the most unforgettable way.