Top 8 worst rom com cliches EVER

Romantic comedies are one of the remaining genres which doesn’t rely heavily on CGI and explosions; therefore one would expect screen writers to take advantage and produce some really engaging pieces of original cinema.

Disappointingly that is far from the case and the rom coms that are churned out trot out cliché after cliché. We get far less When Harry Met Sally and far more Failure to Launch. Below we list eight clichés which have been exhausted and really have to go.

1. Our Hero and Heroine can’t stand each other – yes, very intriguing for the first time but when watching the same bickering dialogue for the hundredth time this tends to get old.

2. The Sidekick friend – probably a little overweight friend who lives vicariously through our Heroine.

3. Fish out of Water – a successful barracuda/ business tycoon ends up in some back water and learns some life lessons, mainly that money isn’t everything.

This cliché relies on the assumption that all successful people lose touch with reality as soon as they earn enough money.

4. Quirky Heroine – the Rom Com assumes that characteristics which may seem highly annoying in real life suddenly become endearing and charming on the silver screen. Our Heroine is bestowed with a number of little quirks which make her unique and set hers apart from the normal girl. It makes you wonder what is just so awful about the normal girl?

5. The Transformation – as much as we all enjoy seeing a good makeover this scene of ugly duckling transforming into beautiful swan has been played out so many times that the audience is always expecting it.

And it’s hardly surprising that an already clearly beautiful girl with hair pulled back and glasses becomes even more beautiful without these debilitating appendages.

7. The Montage – a series of dates packed into a two minute montage with John Denver playing in the background is the lazy way to show the growth of a relationship, whereas a few well crafted scenes would serve the same purpose and give more depth.

The montage is a bit of a cheat really.

8. The Rush to the Airport – impractical, unoriginal and unrealistic.

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