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The difference between female and male RomComs regarding aging

I think it would be really interesting to compare the following: how female protagonists who are going through some sort of dating/relationship crisis when they are older are treated in comparison to movies about males going through the same thing. For instance, how This is 40 or The Other Woman compares to films like That Awkward Moment. The representation of how the female is ‘supposed’ to handle it according to the plot line vs. how a male in the same position is ‘supposed’ to handle it would be a key emphasis here.

  • interesting topic! you can see this situation addressed directly in 30 Rock, where the main characters Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy discuss the different dating cultures of men and women as they age in the episode "Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter." – ees 3 years ago
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  • Very interesting topic, love the idea! You could also discuss Reese Witherspoon's film from last year, Home Again. – Zoe Azile 2 years ago
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