Five Worst Romantic Comedies

Bride Wars

Deservedly critically mauled upon its release, Bride Wars is, rather simply put, a terrible film. Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson play two best friends who, after attempting to arrange their respective weddings, are compelled to fall out over an argument in changing the date of their wedding. Hudson is inexplicably a lawyer, supposedly personifying her brutal, calculating character. Hathaway, in a similar supposed short-hand for characterisation, is a fluffy teacher – demonstrating her lack of determination and leadership.

Bitchy insults ensue, painting women in a fairly negative manner, to say the least. Hudson and Hathaway, despite their careers, demonstrate little intelligence, little empathy, nor any capacity for selflessness. A poor approximation of what women are like. 

Leap Year

Stereotypical in the extreme, Leap Year at times strays into flagrant racism in its depiction of Ireland. Rom-coms are, of course, always predictable, but the journey to the inevitable ending needs to be enjoyable for the film to work: Leap Year is simply boring and overly mawkish. Amy Adams undoubtedly does her best, but even her effervescent nature is not enough to save Leap Year. 

Rumor Has It 

In an attempt at creating a clever narrative, Rumor Has It‘s plot rests on the improbable idea that the characters in the film were the inspiration behind The Graduate.  Dubious intertextuality aside, Rumor Has Ithas little to sustain a viewer’s interest. Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner and Shirley McLaine, should, on paper, make for a decent cast – sadly, this is certainly not the case, resulting in a remarkably lacklustre film.

The Wedding Date 

Basing a film’s narrative upon a morally questionable premise – the hiring of a male prostitute – is only a small part of what’s wrong with The Wedding Date. Debra Messing stars as a woman so insecure she feels the need to hire a ‘fake’ boyfriend to accompany her to her sister’s wedding.  Questionable premise aside, The Wedding Date is filled with out-moded, often bizarre soundbites – choice lines include ‘I’d rather fight with you than make love with anyone else.’ Or even better, ‘The hardest thing is loving someone and then having the courage to let them love you back.’ Are they serious with this stuff?

If that wasn’t bad enough, The Wedding Date’s narrative is entirely incoherent – for such a predictable film, the inability to follow said film is a huge failing on the part of the writers. 

The Switch

Striking another blow for female-kind, The Switch stars Jennifer Aniston as Kassie, whose all-too-apparent biological clock demands she has a child. Lacking a partner, Kassie undertakes artificial insemination to achieve her longed for child. Her best friend Wally (Jason Bateman), in love with Kassie, getting drunk one night, ends up replacing the donor sperm with his own.

Apparently such a crime, a complete violation of trust and boundaries, makes you angry for a while, until you forget the whole affair, simply pleased you ended up with your child.


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