Remember the good ol’days when films like You’ve Got Mail or The Notebook made us believe in romanticism? Not to dismiss the current Hollywood curriculum, but older films could last five second with today’s technology and also the appearance of Facebook and Google…it’s a bit hard to hide…even Linkedin can demystify certain information about yourself.
Here’s the list of romantic-comedies films that modern technology would have ruined…
A Cinderella Story
(2004) Austin (Michael Chad-Murray) has an online pen pal which confides to. He is popular, but unhappy. He goes to the school dance and dances with a mysterious girl. The unnamed Cinderella aka Sam (Hilary Duff) drops her flip phone after the school dance. Austin finds the phone, but every girl claims to own the phone. The hunt begins and finds out after an hour later into the film…it was Sam all along. Happy ending.
(Today) Austin (Michael Chad-Murry) finds the phone and it does not have a pass-code, so he can access her pictures. Oh, bleep! It’s Sam’s phone and by the way she has the same app where he confides with his pen pal. Opens the app and reveals she is his pen pal as well. Returns the phone to the school office and needs counseling because now he has trust issues. Sam gets her phone back and the lady of the office is bitter and does not reveal who found her phone. Sam feels relieved, yet she finally adds a pass-code. End of story.
(Alternative version) Sam has a pass-code, but Austin has a friend that has an IT degree meaning that he can hack into the phone and still needs counseling because he still has the same reaction as the previous version. End of story.
You’ve Got Mail
(1998) Kathleen (Meg Ryan) logs into her AOL email account and navigates to the chat room for ’30 something’ and often chats with NY152. Little does Kathleen knows her chatroom friend is her nemesis, Joe (Tom Hanks) and will destroy her little book shop.
(Today) Kathleen (Meg Ryan) wonders who is NY152 on reddit. Does a google search and links to Joe Fox…her nemesis! or finds his Instagram or Facebook account. Again, end of story. End of story
(Alternative) Joe Fox would have been the owner of Fox Cafe corporation, while Kathleen was the owner of her mother’s cafe shop. And it would still have the same outcome. End of story.
While You Were Sleeping
(1995) Lucy (Sandra Bullock) is infatuated by a passenger named Peter (Peter Gallagher). As an employee of the CTA, she sees him everyday. He has an accident and takes him to the hospital. His family aren’t connected, but Lucy lies saying that she is his fiancee.
(Today) Although Peter’s family are not too connected; they are aware of his activities via Twitter. Lucy the CTA employee that has a crush on Peter, claims that she is his fiancee. The family knows she is lying. His last status was ‘Loving my girlfriend, Ashley’ and that was posted a day before his accident. Peter wakes up places a restraining order against Lucy. End of story.
(1999) Maggie (Julia Roberts) aka The Runaway Bride has become a tabloid sensation because her escape was caught on tape. Ike (Richard Gere) a columnist wrote an article about her, but had factual errors. To redeem himself, he begins to write an in-depth article about her and falls for her. After a lengthy discovery that they are in love with each other, they marry on top of a mountain to prevent her from escaping.
(Today) The Runaway Bride has taken social media by storm. Ike, an online writer wants to vlog her because his previous contains errors about her, but falls for her. Because of her ways, he adds her phone number into his account and clicks Find iPhone. Luckily, he did not use the app because she does not runaway. Their story gets a million hits with her accomplished wedding. End of story.
(2001) Sara (Kate Beckinsale) and Jonathan (John Cussack) meet during the Christmas season and exchange phone numbers on a $5 bill. Sara hides it in a book and if found they are meant for each other. Years later, he finds the bill and finds her kissing a man, but its her twin sister. After confusion and ending his engagement, Sara and Jonathan stay together.
(Today) Sara (Kate Beckinsale) and Jonathan (John Cussack) meet during the Christmas season and exchange phone numbers on a Starbucks receipt. Sara hides it in a book and if found they are meant for each other. He is unable to find the bill, yet finds her on Facebook. They maintain in contact and stay together. End of story.
How to Loose a Guy in Ten Days
(2003) Andie (Kate Hudson) writes the column How To… Her next assignment is to How To Loose a Guy in Ten Days. During a party, she meets Ben (Mathew McConaughey) an executive in advertisement that is also on a mission. To make any woman fall in love with him to win the new diamond campaign. And he also wants to prove that he knows what romanticism is! The battle begins, Andie drives Ben crazy. They fall in love, but discovers their real intentions. They split; however, Ben wants Andie back. He learns that she quits her job. Plans to move to DC if her job interview is successful. He chases her while she is stuck in traffic. They rekindle and stay together.
(Today) …Ben Facetime her friend and arrives to her apartment weeks before she leaves. Although he tries to make her stay, Andie reminds him that she no longer has a job. She goes to the interview of her dream job and he moves to DC with her a few months later. End of story.
The Airport Scene
There are countless of films that have used this scenario…the clip will explain it better than I can. And I was very pleased that Not Another Teen Movie mocks this cliche. As a child (maybe I’ve always been somewhat sarcastic), but I knew how airports work because I’ve been through a few… #1 its tough to chase someone without security chasing after you. #2 Traffic is always hell, it is unlikely to find the person on time #3 Getting a last minute ticket…not gonna happen #4 persuading security to let you go through because you need to profess your love to someone is like stating I am a stalker! And if you are not familiar with the song Careless Whisper when George Michael chases after his fiance at the private airport…yeah he does not make it on time. Even George Michael was aware his fictional version would not make it on time. In real life, he/she would block your number (also social media accounts) and it is best to let it go.
I do want to point it out majority of these films, I have seen and loved. Before throwing fire at this article, it is meant for humor. Also, it points out how scenarios would play very differently with today’s technology and the way we communicate. Romantic comedies are almost a dead art in current main stream cinema. Hallmark is a network that continues to create films of this genre. As for major film companies have not released a major film of this category in years. Of course the major question here is…would it work in today’s society? They would have to do major changes before making this move.
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