Romantic Comedies 101

Rom coms were invented thanks to Hollywood censorship. In this introduction to a five-episode series exploring the vintage screwballs to the modern screwups, Cristen and Caroline spotlight the hallmarks, hijinks and heteronormativity of the romantic comedy movie genre.

Episode Sources:

"Flick chicks"

"A brief history of romantic comedies"

"Sex and sexier: The Hays Code wasn't all bad"

"Shakespeare crafted the genre of the romantic comedy"

"Matthew McConaughey defends the romantic comedy genre"

Academic Insights:

"The Hollywood Romantic Comedy: Conventions, History and Controversies." Leger Grindon. Wiley-Blackwell. 2011.

"Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre." Tamar Jeffers McDonald. Wallflower Press. 2007.

"Film Genre for the Screenwriter." Julie Selbo. Routledge. 2014.

Topics in this Podcast: history, pop culture, Hollywood, movies, gender, Film, stereotypes, rom coms