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Added by Lexie on 28 Aug 2010 09:01
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The Romance Movie Cliches (spoilers)

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Opposites attract

They just have to be different. If the guy is a cool captain of the football team, man’s man kind of a fellow, the girl most definitely will be your everyday nerd with a headmistress kind of an approach to life. Or it could be the opposite. The girl could be a good for nothing, popular cheerleader and the guy could be a hapless bundle of loser-ism.
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The reformed bad boy

This genre allows both male actors and the audience to have it both ways: first, caddish masculinity and assurance that our hero is a guy's guy, then, the right woman to come along and transform him, unwillingly, into a softy.
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They don't realize they're in love

The whole world knows it, their friends know it, the mailman knows it, and even the neighbor’s puppy dog knows it! But the couple won’t and they tend to take a good 75% of the movie to realize that they’ve got the hots for each other.
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Quirky girl brings adventure

It's good news that eighties-style makeover flicks were in short supply in the last decade. And maybe we can also be happy that in the place of the ugly duckling came the nominally indie, self-consciously quirky girl with the adventurous streak.
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From dislike to true love

If two people seem to dislike each other, it's just a sign of repressed attraction. Then, somehow, they are forced to spend time together through some convenient plot device. Suddenly, they discover they are really soul mates who are madly in love with one another.
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The parents

Dealing With The Hardass Parents: In-law jokes are a worn genre in and of themselves.
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Misunderstanding - break up - back together

It happens every single time doesn’t it? They have fight on an issue which is more often than not a misunderstanding where either of the couple completely refuses to hear the other one out, ignoring the repeated requests of “Just listen to me for a second, will you?”, and end up taking a lone depressed walk on a lone beach or a crowded footpath.
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Falling in love with the help

It's a genre at least as old as Jane Eyre, but the last decade saw no sign of upstairs-downstairs eroticism abating.
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Advisor friends

Since they’re too dumb to plan and think for themselves, the couple’s buddies jump into the picture and act as the saviors of the moment - only it turns out that their suggestions are for all for the worst. At the end it is always left upon the lad and lass to figure out the differences and join hands for a brighter future.
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Journalist on assignment

The traditional media may be in crisis, but on the silver screen, being a journalist remains glamorous, exciting, and the best way to meet a man.
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No cliches

Romance movies that doesn't contain any of the cliches above.
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Posted: 8 years ago at Aug 30 17:45
Good list!

Some actors could be classified as clichés themselves, notably Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore.
Posted: 8 years ago at Aug 30 17:48
very nice list ^__^
I like the texts u wrote :D
Posted: 8 years ago at Aug 30 17:48
very nice list ^__^
I like the texts u wrote :D
Posted: 8 years ago at Aug 30 19:04
great list '-'
Posted: 8 years ago at Aug 30 19:26
Posted: 8 years ago at Aug 30 19:59
These are all so very true, Lex - great job!
Posted: 8 years ago at Aug 31 4:05
Good list.
You can add escapist love stories/brief encounters such as before sunset, before sunrise, The bridges of madison county, an affair to remember?

Posted: 8 years ago at Aug 31 4:13
More for brief encounters - Lost in translation.
Posted: 8 years ago at Aug 31 4:15
And some more- In the Mood for Love
Posted: 7 years, 9 months ago at Nov 25 6:14
Well there is my all time favorite the notebood, twilight, pretty women it is old but good and so is dirty dancing.

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Posted: 7 years, 4 months ago at May 15 11:01

May i suggest one?

The female drops her possessions (usually notebooks) and the 'hot guy' picks it up for her and they become soulmates!
Posted: 7 years, 4 months ago at May 15 19:00
Good one, I will put that up! :) I know I've seen that in several movies, but I can't think of any right now.. hmm..
Posted: 7 years, 4 months ago at May 16 5:18
To tell you the truth, i forgot myself despite seeing that in almost every other movie... LOL!
Posted: 7 years, 4 months ago at May 16 10:11
Hahah :] I'll keep my eyes open :P
Posted: 7 years, 4 months ago at May 17 11:40
The bounty hunter its could go in :
Misunderstanding - break up - back together
Journalist on assignment

and Did You Hear About the Morgans? in :
Misunderstanding - break up - back together
Quirky girl brings adventure

Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Aug 8 9:53
Love it! I honestly don't really like romance movies. Probably because of all the cliches that you list down here...
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Aug 8 11:46
Quirky woman - Amelie, I'm a cyborg but that's okay.
Posted: 7 years ago at Aug 23 23:45
i love romantic films
great list buddy!!!
Posted: 7 years ago at Aug 24 16:40
All of this is SO TRUE! But I like romances all the same! XD;
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Dec 17 21:16
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Dec 18 1:27
Titanic is part of the misunderstandings over the dumb very expensive necklace...and Moulin Rouge is a No Cliches :)
Love your list, thank you
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Jan 13 6:44
Superb List....................
Posted: 6 years, 6 months ago at Mar 15 19:09
The fourth one is otherwise known as the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" syndrome.


I like your lists!
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Dec 31 9:29
Teachers and student Romance Movie List :

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