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Classic Rom-Coms That Aren't Very Realistic
Romantic comedies were, for a specific moment in pop culture, the epitome of capturing a female audience. Arguably, that time has passed in favor of stronger female characters and a box office tendency skewing toward superheroes and animation, but the romantic comedy was once the height of idealized love. When you earn extra money online by taking paid surveys, it can be fun to take some time and revisit what made you fall in love with these stories in the first place and what made them, admittedly, a little ridiculous. Here are some of our favorite alternate reality rom-coms!
"You've Got Mail"
This 1998 movie, starring dynamic duo Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan of "Sleepless in Seattle" fame, is hilarious today mainly because of how outdated it is. The plot follows Kathleen (Ryan), a small-bookstore owner who prefers to work from her AOL account, making the movie a full-blown, feature length paid advertisement for a company with its better days now behind it. She meets Joe (Hanks) online, and the fact that she only knows him by his screen name means she's unaware he is the heir to the corrupt Fox Books chain store mega-corporation. The two fall in love, and director Nora Ephron likely enjoyed all the residuals from the repeated product placement, down to the film's comical title.
"50 First Dates"
This 2004 comedy stars Adam Sandler as a man who falls in love with Drew Barrymore, whose character Lucy loses her memory overnight and is cared for by her family. In spite of her amnesia, Sandler's character Henry falls in love with her and decides that he will go on a number of first dates with Lucy, who rarely remembers him for longer than a day but always finds him charming. Of course, this is quite a stretch in real life - assuming that such a specific mental condition exists, it's unlikely that Barrymore would ever be let outside of an institution, much less be allowed to marry someone who was, essentially, a stranger. It sure sounds nice, though.
Any rom-com in which the lead is an architect
This trope inspired an entire A.V. Club article by a number of former rom-com fans turned contributors noting the bizarrely limited, unrealistic jobs women tend to have in romantic comedies. Leading ladies are most often bakers, journalists, art curators, magazine editors and - you guessed it - architects. Not surprisingly, these jobs are extremely hard to come by in real life, particularly positions in architecture, a career path with even less of a return than that of an actor, according to Forbes, who declared it the 9th worst industry for growth in America.
That hasn't stopped Hollywood - "The Lake House," "The Last Kiss," "Three To Tango," "Sleepless In Seattle," "My Super Ex-Girlfriend," "Love Actually" and "It's Complicated" feature a sensitive architect as the leading man.
When you get paid for online surveys, you can enjoy and relive all the weird and lovely romantic comedies of your youth guilt-free. Bust out the popcorn and start laughing!
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