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Conventional Romantic Comedies That Somehow Transcend Themselves

by Jonathan C.
Conventional Romantic Comedies That Somehow Transcend Themselves by Jonathan C.
None of these movies are great. You’ll get no argument from me if you focus on their relative ordinariness. But in each one of them, there’s something in the movie that pokes outside the lines in a great way. (See John Cusack’s occasional improvisational, Cusack-y banter with Diane Lane in “Must Love Dogs” or the scoring choices and wildly diverse style of jokes in “Just Friends.”) Essentially, this is a list of movies where the studio pretty much planned to create a movie that was nothing much new, and some cool idiosyncratic stuff creeped in. (With some of these, I just think they’re nicely assembled, and they don’t really have anything… Read more

None of these movies are great. You’ll get no argument from me if you focus on their relative ordinariness. But in each one of them, there’s something in the movie that pokes outside the lines in a great way. (See John Cusack’s occasional improvisational, Cusack-y banter with Diane Lane in “Must Love Dogs” or the scoring choices and wildly diverse style of jokes in “Just Friends.”) Essentially, this is a list of movies where the studio pretty much planned to create a movie that was nothing much new, and some cool idiosyncratic stuff creeped in. (With some of these, I just think they’re nicely assembled, and they don’t really have anything exceptional in them – beyond the fact that they’re intensely re-watchable.) I fully expect flack for this list. But I can pretty convincingly defend the choices.

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