In the fourth episode of “Raise the Stakes!” we discuss the genre of romantic comedies, examining the idea of “meet cutes,” the elusive quality of on-screen chemistry, and the fact that our favorite romantic comedies tend not to stick to the traditional romcom formula.
We also share our IMDB Comment of the Week, which is about the classic romcom When Harry Met Sally:
And finally, in “Pitchin’ a Fit,” we pitch some ideas for romantic comedy films based on suggestions from the audience. This time we asked them to provide two occupations they’d like to see cross paths. We’ve included descriptions below, so please vote for the one you’d most like to see turned into a movie.
DOWN THE AISLE
A seasoned Congressional aide (Elisabeth Moss) for the most liberal of Democrats crosses paths with the new, cocky aide (Zac Efron) for the next big thing on the Republican side. Will their ideologies and allegiances keep them apart despite their budding romance?
DYING TO MEET YOU
A depressed obituary writer (Zoe Saldana) creates a bucket list of things to accomplish before she kills herself. One of the entries is to meet the life coach (Mark Ruffalo) she used to idolize, but he turns out to be washed-up and somewhat depressed himself. This confirms her decision to commit suicide, but when the life coach learns of her plans, he makes it his mission to motivate her to enjoy life, pulling himself out of the gutter and into her life in the process.
A demolition expert’s (Julie Bowen) project goes awry, so she’s determined to get the next one, a professional athletic stadium, right. She consults with the architect (Jason Bateman) who designed it, but he wants nothing to do with her. Until she pulls some strings to block his next project. Now he’s forced to help her, and during the process she falls in love with his work… and him.
A high-powered corporate lawyer (Maya Rudolph) has to replace her kids’ nanny and settles on their dance instructor (Josh Groban), a viral video maker just waiting to hit it big. It turns out to be the toughest case of her life when she starts to fall for him.
RIGHT NEXT DOOR
A Chicago butcher (Josh Brolin) suddenly finds himself with the responsibility of leasing the space next to his store. He narrows the choices down to a free-spirited baker (Ginnifer Goodwin) and a no-nonsense candle maker (Tina Fey). Which will be best for bringing in business? And which will be best for his heart?
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