The Genre Of Romantic Comedy

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The genre of romantic comedy has been successful throughout history. Men and women alike watch these films for several reasons, even though they are “predictable.” Whether it’s for the comedy portrayed, or the love story itself, romantic comedies provide aspects of a story that almost anyone can appreciate. Over time, people began to argue that contemporary romantic comedies have depreciated, but this does not hold true. When comparing Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up (2007), which is about a stoner low-life, played by Seth Rogan, who knocks up co-star, Katherine Heigl, who plays Allison, to George Cukor’s Adam’s Rib (1949), which tells the story of two attorneys bickering over their shared court case, there is a radical difference between the two films in their sheer content to portray a love story while sharing the common romantic comedy plot, but one tells a superior love story.
The first notable difference between these films is the kind of humor utilized to articulate the story. According to David Denby, Knocked Up’s humor is vulgar and unnecessary, but the humor in this film is not unnecessary. The Knocked Up no doubt contains extremely inappropriate and offensive humor compared to Adam’s Rib, but comedy has evolved in response to a changing society. As written by George Gerbner in Common Culture, (certain things were not allowed on screen). Comedy in Adam’s Rib consisted of slapstick humor associated with the “good ol’ times” of the late 40’s and 50’s. The audience witnesses
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