Valentine’s Day just happened so let’s shit on some of those rom-com movies. Have you EVER seen a more played out trope than the a guy running through an airport, destined to catch his love before she gets on a flight? I mean, it’s been done WAYYYYY more often than it should’ve been done. Or even in Crocodile Dundee where she gets in a PACKED YET PERFECTLY QUIET SUBWAY STATION, conveys her love to Dundee 7 car lengths away, and is carried by the crowd to him? Or even Lloyd Dobber playing a boombox at the loudest volume allowed? How does that dad not come out with a shotgun and fire a warning shot into the air while yelling, “GO ON, GET!” All of these moments make you want to yell, THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN!
Kevin Israel’s pick:
I recently caught the end of the 2012 film, “2012”. The movie follows geologist Adrian Helmsley , who discovers the Earth’s crust is becoming unstable after a massive solar flare caused by an alignment of the planets, and novelist Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) as he attempts to bring his family to safety as the world is destroyed by a series of extreme natural disasters caused by this. During Curtis’ adventures he ends up helping his ex-wife and her boyfriend. As the movie progresses it becomes apparent that Curtis and the ex still have feelings for each other. By the end of the movie, the boyfriend gets killed in a horrible fashion and Curtis and the ex quickly rekindle their romance. This is just one of many examples of a significant other being killed off simply to bring two former lovers back together. Damn, that’s cold. Cause you know, boyfriends and girlfriends are never as appealing as that ex you hated and left. Right? THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN!