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Ensemble Romantic Comedies — Love 'Em or Leave 'Em?

I couldn't help but let out a groan yesterday when I heard the news that Lionsgate is in the process of adapting pregnancy guide What to Expect When You're Expecting into a romantic comedy. The film will follow seven couples as they prep for parenthood, and I'm willing to bet the the majority of those onscreen parents-to-be will be big budget actors.

It's no secret that the ensemble romantic comedy is getting more popular every year — we had He's Just Not That Into You, and Valentine's Day will hit theaters in a few weeks. I'm kind of divided on the whole genre, though I'll always have a soft spot for Love Actually. Where do you stand — love 'em or leave 'em?

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lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
wow; just realized (more than a week later) - I meant "they're" not "there"...
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
oh, come on, you all - ensemble romantic comedies are no different than any other kind of romantic comedy. there all cheesy, cliche, predictable, insanely formulaic, and always feature poorly-crafted characters. but that's not why we love them!!!! no matter how much of a movie snob I am; I will always love rom coms (haha; I love the ridiculousness of that term) because they're fun, cute, and sweet...
BabyNorbert BabyNorbert 6 years
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BabyNorbert BabyNorbert 6 years
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BabyNorbert BabyNorbert 6 years
I how no problem with neither cheesy nor cliched movies :-P
katiedid0985 katiedid0985 6 years
@greenfairy, I agree, I'm so sick of the stupid cliche romantic comedies and the ensemble ones are part of that. Oftentimes they are worse because they combine so many cliches into one movie! Love Actually was slightly better than the rest, but still not great. I wish someone would write a romantic comedy that doesn't suck. Either that or I'll write a bad rom com, make lots of money off of it and laugh all the way to the bank!
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 6 years
Nah, all romantic comedies are fairly nauseating, preposterous, unfunny, and insulting.
popcorn19 popcorn19 6 years
I agree with having such a soft spot for Love, Actually and not really being able to tolerate any others.
Cris1192 Cris1192 6 years
Love actually is the best one!
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
I think that they're usually pretty cute. It definitely keeps you on your toes.
a-million-suns a-million-suns 6 years
So awful. You don't have time to really get to know any of the characters because there are like 5 bazillion main characters.
penguins268 penguins268 6 years
Love Actually was great and He's Just Not That Into You was awful so...go figure.
Allyace Allyace 6 years
Usually they don't go well, but Love Actually is the exception.
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 6 years
"he's just not that into you" was a letdown, but i have high hopes for valentine's day... i hope i love it!
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
Wow, I wasn't expecting so many people to love them. I personally find them exactly what the option says, cliched and cheesy... Probably because I feel those movies only go skin deep since there are so many different story lines, and I end up not really caring about any of them...
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I like ensemble casts for romantic comedies (and other genres too) because it shows different outcomes and aspects of love/relationships/life/whatever the movie is about. Sometimes you do kind of get the "fairy tale", but sometimes it just plain kind of sucks.
popculture-whore popculture-whore 6 years
ensemble casts can be great, like paris je t'aime (though that's not exactly a romantic comedy) but sometimes there's too much going onmy friends really wanna watch valentine's day... hopefully it doesn't suck
popculture-whore popculture-whore 6 years
ensemble casts can be great, like paris je t'aime (though that's not exactly a romantic comedy) but sometimes there's too much going on my friends really wanna watch valentine's day... hopefully it doesn't suck
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Oh, and I will absolutely not see What To Expect. Yuck.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Love Love Actually. Hated He's Not That Into You. Have no desire to see Valentine's Day. So, I guess it depends.
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