We are both big movie buffs, and grew up watching all film genres, but our favourite has always remained romantic comedies. Romantic comedies are enjoyable and relaxing to watch, and are often so incredibly funny! Plus, the female protagonist is often very relatable, and that’s what the female audience wants to see.
While there is a time and place for watching dramas, action films or art films, there is also a time for escaping with a good romantic comedy. We could always use more fun and laughter in our lives so while some people might think that these types of films are “too Hollywood,” or “too predictable,” fans of romantic comedies know and like that about this genre.
And we’re not alone in this: Romantic comedies make a lot of money. Crowds line up to see these films, and pack theatres, yet there are very few romantic comedies in theatres at any given time.
In fact, there are such few female-focused films being made in Hollywood, which even prompted Meryl Streep to ask the industry, “Don’t they want the money?” And they do indeed, make money.
According to Box Office Mojo, the site that lists the all-time worldwide box office gross amounts, here are the figures for some of our favourite romantic comedies:
Bridget Jones’s Diary $281,929,795
Bridesmaids $288,383,523 (not technically a romantic comedy, but it is female-focused)
Love Actually $246,942,017
My Big Fat Greek Wedding $368,744,044
The Proposal $317,375,031
There’s Something About Mary $369,884,651
They do make money–a lot of money–yet, fewer and fewer romantic comedies are being made, and the ones that are being made often seem rushed and there’s little to no chemistry between the actors (This Means War starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy comes to mind)
We haven’t gone to see a movie in theatres in quite a while, and even though we are eager to see one, there isn’t anything currently playing that we’re excited about, and that is strong enough to get us to the theatre.
That’s not to say that some of the films in theatres right now don’t look good or aren’t good, it’s just that it would be nice to have the genre of romantic comedies equally made and distributed, so that more women can be excited about going out to the movies to escape with fun, laughter and relatable female protagonists.
What are some of your favourite romantic comedies?