Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
Romantic Comedies and the Male Perspective
Growing up in a house of women, I’ve watched a lot of romantic comedies at time. Call it an acquired taste or Stockholm Syndrome, I’ve grown quite an affection for them. For a genre so heavily associated with the female demographic, its surprising (or depressingly unsurprising) to see that most of the creative forces behind these films are guys. Admittedly most of these movies tend to formulaic and pandering often attributed to simple creative laziness or not showing the genre’s main demographic much respect. This is all standard extrapolation, yet it seems that the films in the romance genre that do get some form of critical acclaim are mostly ones from the male perspective. 500 Days, Eternal Sunshine, even Casablanca are all stories about the romantic struggles of men. Why is this?