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J

Women, men...we ALL want to fall in love, but anyone who thinks about it all day long is not only unattractive in the real world - they're a little weird.

Show me a woman who loves what she does and can't run through NYC in 5-inch heels, and I'm right there with her.

Teddy

I really liked both 'Prada' and Morning Glory. I highly recommend the commentary track on the Morning Glory Blu-Ray by Ms. McKenna and director Roger Michell for some great insight into the story development.

Billy, would you classify either of these two films as a romantic comedy? There was a great dynamic between Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford's characters and that relationship played like a romance even though it was only work related. The dramatic question that a traditional rom-com would ask "will these two be together" doesn't apply to 'Prada' and in Morning Glory it sort of applies but not in a romantic way.

It seems to me that neither of these films would fall under the rom-com genre. I can understand that they would be marketed that way but from a story perspective it doesn't really fit.

mernitman

J: The fun's in the challenge, evidently - I'm with her, too, as the striving for BALANCE is such a universal want...

Teddy: I would look at both films as hybrids - they're career/coming of age chick flicks cross-bred with rom-coms, but if you want to get academic-technical about it, I suppose I'd grudgingly concede that both PRADA and GLORY are career stories w/a rom-com subplot.
Still! The romance of it all is the through-line; girl meets gig, girl loses gig, girl gets gig...

Teddy

Girl meets gig... I love it!

I like the hybrid angle. I've struggled a bit with the script I'm working on because I want it to be a rom-com but it doesn't really fit the mold, so to speak. It's more of a coming-of-age story with romantic elements. Good to know there are other films out there with a similar mix of genres.

Judith Duncan

Hey Billy,
It's important to be reminded of the facts about what's 'real' for the characters in a rom com as it makes the romance real as well. The idea that 'thin people who want to be in love' isn't very interesting is so true. It made me think of two films that highlighted the woman's career as her driving force and love came from that.'Working Girl' which shows that wonderful transformation of Melanie Griffith's character from Staten Island working class to Manhatten business woman and she also clinches Harrison Ford as part of the deal and Holly Hunter in
'Broadcast News' as the wonderfully neurotic news producer who wasn't quite so lucky with love.Their need for careers that fulfilled them was crucial to the story,their characters and the romance whether it worked or not.

mernitman

Teddy: It's the "not that there's anything wrong with that" principle. There's no reason why a movie has to be a romantic comedy, why not be a movie that has a romantic and funny romance in it?

Judith, both of those movies are exemplary examples of what McKenna's trying to do, nowadays (though in truth, Brooks trumps her in his depth and breadth).

S Wesley Steam

What is a person without a job? Can a jobless, career-less, lackadaisical person be an interesting main character with whom we identify?

At least in genre fiction, I would emphatically state "No."

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