Okay, it’s Friday, which totally calls for a fun and light topic, right? And one of my favorite topics: movies.
Now, I have a confession to make: I may be the pickiest person in the entire world when it comes to Hollywood’s current romantic comedies.
Which is funny, really, because I write rom-com. You’d think I’d be all over the latest chick flick. But more often than not, today’s rom-coms annoy me…like to the point that I do dramatic stage sighs and eye rolls. I could play a super convincing teenager in a CW show.
I blame my pickiness on Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Or Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable and Carole Lombard and William Powell. Golden era Hollywood and its witty dialogue and well-done romance have spoiled me. I mean, I’m really not a movie snob. (Proof: I own Nacho Libre.) I just think Hollywood has lost its rom-com touch lately.
But—and this is where the complaining stops and the gushing starts—there was a romantic comedy a few years ago that I loved so ridiculously much. I re-watch it all the time and it’s one of my “this is the kind of story I want to write” go-tos.
It’s so good, people. And here’s why I love it: It’s got the usual rom-com tropes of, well, romance and comedy obviously. And it actually does both super well.
But I also love it because I think it taps into some universal things that help viewers connect with it in a way we don’t with many rom-coms. Things like:
- Family…the family members in Dan in Real Life are awesome and hilarious and diverse. And what makes it so great is that all of us can probably see ourselves in one family member or another.
- Longing…in the middle of all the laughter, the family antics, the budding romance, Steve Carell and his daughters are each longing for something. Who can’t relate to that?
- Hurt…related to longing, the family at the center of the movie is also dealing with the hurt of losing a loved one. Dan in Real Life does such a wonderful job of tapping into that hurt and helping us feel it right along with the characters.
- Hope…and that’s my favorite. There’s a line near the end of the movie where Steve Carell says this:
“Instead of telling our young people to plan ahead,
we should tell them to plan to be surprised.”
Don’t you just love that? Plan to be surprised. I love that line even more as a Christian…because everyday life takes on a new kind of hopeful significance when I’m planning to be surprised by God.
So there you go, my favorite rom-com of the past decade or so. Haven’t seen it lately? Or ever? Well we can’t have that. Go ahead and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below and you just might win a copy of the movie from yours truly. You’ve got through Monday to enter.
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