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"Bromantic Comedies": Wave of the Future

"Bromantic Comedies": Wave of the Future


Disney just picked up a romantic comedy called Undateable, which tells the "real-life tale of romantic loser Brian Wolf, who launched a Web site (www.settleforbrian.com) as a last-ditch attempt at landing a girlfriend." On his site, Wolf (pictured) lists the pros and cons about himself, along with this practical reasoning:

I know what you're thinking. Settling is admitting defeat. Only losers settle, right? Wrong. Everybody settles. There are no perfect relationships. Do you think you're going to end up happy holding out for Mr. Right? You won't. You'll end up old, alone, and miserable. You don't want that. And I don't want that. So I'd like to propose an alternative.

This idea is funny, but it also has a cute ending: Wolf actually met his girlfriend through the site. So what do we have here? The makings of a new trend. Call it the "bromantic comedy," or a romantic comedy "that guys actually want to see," according to Undateable writer Jack Angelo. The 40-Year-Old Virgin is another example of this genre, and frankly, I think it's the next big thing. To find out why,

I'd love to see more "bromantic comedies." The films that are called romantic comedies have long been lacking in the actual "comedy" aspect, at least in regard to what I find funny (Two Weeks Notice? How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days?!). Similarly, the typical "bro" comedies strike me as lame (the Van Wilder films, for example). I loved 40-Year-Old Virgin, however, and so did many of the males I know.

Thus, I come to my official prediction for the summer: Knocked Up (by 40-Y-O Virgin guy Judd Apatow and starring Katherine Heigl) will be hugely successful — not just at the box office, but also with critics. That's a hard thing to do, but if it works, it's an indication that these "bromantic comedies" might be the best idea for the future since, miraculously, everyone's happy.

The next step? Chick flicks that guys want to see, or "brick flicks."

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amandasunly amandasunly 8 years
So cool! Haha funny.
naked_american naked_american 8 years
I can't wait until "Knocked Up." The guy in it looks exactly like this d-bag I work with and the fact that the tagline on the poster is "What if this guy got you pregnant?" is just too funny. Whenever I look at Katherine Heigl, all I can think is "My Father the Hero." ---- "A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous." -Ingrid Bergman
Tech Tech 8 years
I've given up on RomComs completely - as in I will no longer watch them. I crave an occasional weepy , but lighthearted tale as much as the next person but I haven't seem a smart or funny RomCom in years. In fact, maybe ever. I will wholeheartedly watch a Bromantic Comedy if it lives up to '40 Year Old Virgin' status. Fun post Buzz.
catstarr catstarr 8 years
Bromantic comedies are the perfect date compromise. Asking a guy to come over and watch the 40 year old virgin with you is a great way to ease into romance without awkward first dates.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I've never heard this term until now, but it totally fits these types if movies. I'm glad that there's a phrase for it and it provides middle ground for girls and guys, without the guys needing to tap into feminine sides, or the girls into their masculine sides. It's very 'come as you are' which everyone can enjoy.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Reminds me of an awesome Seinfeld bit: Elaine: "So, what you are saying is that ninety to ninety-five percent of the population is undateable?" Jerry: "Undateable!" Elaine: "Then how are all these people getting together?" Jerry: "Alcohol."
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Love his "pro/con" list on his site. With good casting, this could be really successful.
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