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5 romantic clichés from Hollywood movies

5 romantic clichés from Hollywood movies

Written by
Shreya Mukherjee

March 31, 2022, 03:10
3 minute read

Here are some clichés we see in romantic comedies

Hollywood romantic comedies or rom-coms are like a warm blanket for the aching heart, or the best playmate to brighten up the day.

A beautiful love story at the center is stitched together through a series of dreamy situations and sweet plot points.

These matchmaking situations have now become clichés, some of which still work, while others need to retire.

We list five of them.

The climactic airport and train scene

First, there’s the climactic airport or train scene, where a protagonist realizes he has to confess his feelings and stop his beloved from leaving.

After all, there’s nothing more thrilling than watching the protagonist buzz past security and/or traffic to cling to their elusive forever together.

movies like love in fact and How to lose a guy in 10 days popularized it.

To fill you in, a meet-cute is a rom-com exclusive trope where the lead pair meet for the first time. Although completely random (and often in the guise of an accident), the encounter proves that their union is meant to be.

As in Notting HillHugh Grant’s character spills orange juice on Julia Roberts after shoving her, making a memorable first impression!

The forever single lead role (usually female)

Romantic comedies, especially from the 1990s/early 2000s, had a way of projecting heroine celibacy as a pitiful thing.

Either the female lead ended up becoming the eternal bridesmaid (27 Dresses) or pathetically in love with a disgusting person (Vacations).

While a girl can do both, the movies usually showed how a guy coming into the picture fixes everything.

It’s a trope we can avoid.

Syndrome from best friends to lovers

Our next entry is a two-sided sword.

While it’s magical to see two very dear friends fall in love, this theme also perpetuates the idea that people of the opposite sex can’t be friends.

movies like One day or Love, Rosiehowever, show us the complexity of developing feelings for a friend and how it all feels right after taking friendship to the next level.

To sum up, we have another regularly seen trope that needs to go: the makeover edit.

In some romantic comedies, like clueless, She is all thata character is said to be invisible on the social scale because he wears glasses and doesn’t care about fashion trends.

And, boom, a floating makeover ritual later, the same person becomes the apple of everyone’s eye (sigh).