A romantic comedy (or rom-com) is a genre of film where a romance between the two main characters usually leads to onscreen hilarity. It differs from a sitcom where the comedy is usually based on a particular situation. Examples are as follows:
- The Cosby Show focused on an African-American family in the late 80s who resided in Brooklyn, New York.
- That 70s Show centered on a group of middle aged teenagers in the 70s living in fictional Point Place, Wisconsin.
- The Big Bang Theory concentrates on five characters living in Pasadena, California.
Typically, sitcoms can later on include themes such as romance, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness as seasons progress. But in rom-coms are all about the story of a guy and girl falling in love, with comedy built around how the characters meet, interact, or argue.
Interestingly enough, since most romantic comedies are about characters in their mid-20s to 40s, this movie genre is often set in the workplace. Today, we’ll look at several awesome romantic comedies that take place there.
Two Weeks Notice
When liberalist lawyer Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) accepts to work for billionaire George Wade (Hugh Grant) in order protect the Coney Island community center from being demolished, tensions rise until, finally, both characters confess their undeniable love for each other at the end.
Another Sandra Bullock rom-com makes this list. Associate editor Margaret Tate forces her assistant (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her in order to prevent her from being deported due to an expired visa. Though they detest one another initially, they turn their sham wedding into a real one by the film’s conclusion.
Down with Love
Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger star in this period rom-com/musical set in the 60s. The clash of ideologies between main characters writer Catcher Block (McGregor) and author Barbara Novak (Zellweger) are both humorous and provocative. The on-screen chemistry of McGregor and Zellweger is undeniably fun; a perfect match made in casting heaven.
You’ve Got Mail
The main focus of this chick flick (aside from the casting of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan) was the use of e-mail as the communication medium for both characters, since the Internet was a relatively young technology during the film’s release back in 1998.
Keeping the Faith
This 2000 rom-com starring Edward Norton (who also directs), Ben Stiller, and Jenna Elfman wonderfully intersperses religion, friendship, tension, betrayal, and reconciliation.
Dating consultant Alex “Hitch” Hitchins (Will Smith) helps clumsy but earnest accountant Albert Brennaman (Kevin James) win the woman of his dreams: his boss, Allegra Cole (Amber Valleta). At the same time, Hitch woos gossip columnist Sara Melas (Eva Mendes).
These are just some of the workplace romantic comedies Hollywood has produced in the last decade or so. Have you seen any of them? Which of these films are the funniest in your opinion? What other office rom-coms can you add to this list? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.