By Sadie Young
We all have our favorite rom com chick flick that makes us laugh/cry/wallow in singledom self-pity (that last one might just be me). Boy meets girl in some cute romantic scenario, and after a rumble and a tumble they fall in love and eventually live happily ever after. Tah dah!
And this is what we expect to get from a relationship. Thanks romantic movies (and books) for ruining any chance I had at finding a functioning relationship. As I’ve gotten older though, I can see through the rose colored glasses that these movies have put me in and call out their bullshit. Here’s what I’ve learned. Forewarning, I might crush some of your elevated romantic notions. Sorry, I’m not sorry.
1) After some sort of problem/fight/misunderstanding, he’ll come running to you in some dramatic fashion, usually an airport begging for forgiveness.
Seriously? So much drama occurs in these movies where a simple miscommunication leads to a necessity to jet off to some far off destination. Ladies… when you break up with a guy, go get a haircut or something. Don’t make some rash life choice because you’re, sigh, heartbroken. Suck it up. Ok that was a little harsh, and I’m not normally one to ere on the practical side. In a normal situation, yes, please go fly to some foreign destination; just don’t do it in reaction to a guy. It’s not worth it.
2) He’ll be ridiculously attractive, but you still won’t like him at first because, well, you’re an idiot.
When you find a single, interested in YOU hella attractive man, you can pretend you don’t like him to keep him on his toes, but beautiful men are hard to come by (can I get an amen)! We all know there is much more to a man than his looks (I’m not trying to be superficial here), but that leading man in a romantic comedy has the charm and all the personality to go with it, so you would definitely want to jump on that opportunity--uh, figuratively, of course-- if and when he came around.
3) Eventually you’ll get over your prejudice and fall madly in love, no qualms, headfirst.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I never quite understood how some people fall so easily. I don’t even know if I can stand someone as an acquaintance after a week, let alone fall in love. Props to you ladies that can look past every little thing a man does or says and can fall in love. Romantic comedies just do it quicker. I mean, how else are you supposed to fit an entire love story into 90 minutes?
These movies/books may not teach us about how real relationships work, but what’s the point of entertainment if not to entertain? Just don’t expect some guy to chase after you, follow you to an airport and stop you from getting on a plane. It just isn’t going to happen. Sigh. Thank you romance movies. Cue me flipping off the TV.
(Image via Working Title Films)