Romantic Comedy Sidekicks


Sidekicks are an integral part of any romantic comedy. In part three of their rom com series, Cristen and Caroline examine the ways these sometimes neurotic, sometimes wise secondary characters trade on stereotypes to shape the protagonists' world.

Episode Sources:

"Your best friend in a romantic comedy is always there for you" http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/your-best-friend-in-a-romantic-comedy-is-always-there-for-you

"Coming soon (again): The white guy's non-white sidekick" https://theawl.com/coming-soon-again-the-white-guys-nonwhite-sidekick-f3561191ab16#.oltozajdz

"I'm not your sassy black friend" http://www.gurl.com/2013/11/05/im-not-your-sassy-black-friend/

"When white women discover their 'inner black woman'" http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/08/28/girlfriend_intervention_and_the_sassy_black_friend_a_favorite_hollywood.html

"The pixie and the snidekick" http://livingromcom.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/08/the-pixie-and-the-snidekick.html

"The best of friends" http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/theatre/the-best-of-friends-20121102-28oq1.html

"Sidekicks are second bananas no more" http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-sidekicks5-2008may05-story.html

"How Judy Greer became Hollywood's most in-demand best friend" https://www.buzzfeed.com/jarettwieselman/how-judy-greer-became-hollywoods-most-in-demand-best-friend?utm_term=.sujAEAmAe3#.ytxQDQ6QdK

"Woody Allen's sidekick Tony Roberts shares all in new book" http://forward.com/the-assimilator/330161/woody-allens-sidekick-tony-roberts-shares-all-in-new-book/

Academic Insights:

"Reading the Bromance: Homosocial Relationships in Film and Television." Jenna Weinman. Michael DeAngelis, ed. Wayne State University Press. June 2014. https://books.google.com/books?id=lbeQAwAAQBAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"All About Thelma and Eve: Sidekicks and Third Wheels." Judith Roof. University of Illinois Press. 2002. https://books.google.com/books?id=JQ1ThmtGMIUC&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Masculinity in the Contemporary Romantic Comedy: Gender as Genre." John Alberti. Routledge. September 2013. https://books.google.com/books?id=4X2_AAAAQBAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Genre, Gender and the Effects of Neoliberalism: The New Millennium in Hollywood Rom Com." Betty Kaklamanidou. Routledge. 2013. https://books.google.com/books?id=5l4eSWb21scC&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Hollywood Romantic Comedy: States of the Union, 1934-64." Kathrina Glitre. Manchester University Press. July 2013. https://books.google.com/books?id=Hb5rBgAAQBAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Romantic vs. Screwball Comedy: Charting the Difference." Wes D. Gehring. Rowman & Littlefield. 2002. https://books.google.com/books?id=cXIeDiB7WJEC&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Topics in this Podcast: gender, Hollywood, lgbt, Film, stereotypes, women in hollywood, rom coms