The romantic comedy movie genre or as many call it, the rom-com, has been a Hollywood staple for years. Numerous actors and actresses have taken a stab at their own versions of it, but most all hold to the same general idea. Read more: Rebel Wilson Reveals Character Isn’t Romantic Wears Clothes Fashion Line | Daily Mail and Isn’t It Romantic Trailer | Glamour
Two people who either don’t think they need to be together or only one of them wants to be with the other go through some sort of crazy adventure or obstacle only to be rewarded with true love at the end of their journey. Follow Rebel Wilson on Instagram and Twitter
Why does this work so well? It contains all the essentials for a feel good experience. Throw in some laughter, a couple of emotional moments, and a predictable plot with tension that everyone knows will be resolved and people eat it up like popcorn.
Rebel Wilson, popular “Pitch Perfect” and “Bridesmaid” actress, is starring in a new movie that is looking to flip the rom-com genre on its head by calling out the absurdities in it. The new trailer for “Isn’t It Romantic” features Rebel Wilson as Natalie, an architect who in attempting to stop a mugging is knocked unconscious.
When Natalie awakens she finds herself trapped in an alternate reality where her life feels like a PG-13 rom-com. She claims the hospital room she is in looks like a Williams-Sonoma and that someone replaced everything in her apartment so it looks like something from a movie. Learn more about Rebel Wilson: https://www.thelist.com/41472/stunning-transformation-rebel-wilson/ and https://www.broadway.com/buzz/194108/rebel-wilson-to-play-jennyanydots-in-cats-film/
Guys are giving her romantic attention that she is not used to receiving. In this universe her best friend is a stereo-typical gay man that Natalie declares “is going to set gay right back one hundred years.” Men and women are bursting out in song and dance and she is unable to curse or remember being intimate.
Rebel Wilson has proven herself to be a solid actress with a proven track-record for comedic success. This film does not look to disappoint. There is much to be said about a movie that is willing to challenge, mock, or redefine a genre.
People have accepted the romantic comedy genre for decades. However, with the recent rise of big dollar action blockbusters, Hollywood has backed away some from putting rom-coms in theaters. Perhaps a film like this is exactly what is needed in order to bring an interest back to the popular genre that many felt would never be challenged.
Plus calling out the absurdities of many rom-coms may challenge future directors to think twice about leaning on the old clichés. Just as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has redefined what people thought a superhero movie could be, perhaps something that mocks the rom-com genre can help to redefine it moving forward. Regardless, the film looks like it has the potential to be a solid Hollywood earner and not the typical rom-com.