“Love actually IS all around” …
Ok, I’ll come clean, I really like Rom-Coms. What can I say, I’m a complicated man (well, as complicated as men ever get!)
When I was a kid, I remember watching Brief Encounter and getting tearful… poor Laura, having to leave Alec on the platform… and when she goes home and her pipe-smoking husband says "You have been a long way away, but you’re back now," it would take a person of granite not to be moved. I also rate A Matter of Life and Death as one of my most-loved films of all time. David Niven, angels, a chance meeting and a huge celestial court case revolving around the issue of love… fantastic stuff.
I guess these are not strictly Rom-Con… there is plenty of ‘Rom’ in Brief Encounter, but very little ‘Com’ (unless you include the Cockney banter of the supporting characters in the railway station).
The more modern examples like Pretty Woman, and almost anything with a young Hugh Grant in it, are perhaps more uplifting, but the ups and downs of romance are still to the fore.
The idea that guys just want to watch things blowing up is a bit of stereotype. Not to say that I don’t like a good Bond film or Bourne adventure, but men have feelings too :-)
It has just been Father’s Day in New Zealand, and the shops were full of ‘Gifts for Dad’…saws, hammers, books about pig hunting (yes, really), cars and perhaps war stuff… Is that really what we fathers are all about? I would HATE most of that stuff. (As a historian the war stuff is fine). I can’t put up a shelf (well not one that is straight anyway), I can’t fix a broken car unless it is blindingly obvious, and I hate DIY.
But do I feel like I have to wrestle a bear to re-enforce my ‘manliness’ ? No way…
My dad, like me, was brought up in South London (well before the quinoa-eating classes moved in) and he was my hero… he also liked a good Rom-Com… And if it was good enough for him, it is good enough for me :-)
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