I suppose you could call me something of a masochist for even acknowledging this trivial piece of personal information, but I really, actually, truthfully do enjoy watching romantic comedies. Mind you, I’m the guy that was excited to learn that Burial Ground: Nights of Terror was being released to Blu-ray and nearly jumped through the roof in a store recently when he came across a Media videocassette of Joe D’Amato’s Endgame in an uncut box. I’m also the lad who owns nearly every single Ed Wood and Jerry Warren feature ever made; the very same bloke who likes to make people watch Cannibal Holocaust just so I can make them throw up by playing the soundtrack for them (just ask my ex-wife).
And yet, I still like watching cutesy movies about silly folks falling in love. I suppose it could be my secret innate desire to be one with the “normal nation” — or at least likeable by the “par people” — even though, in reality, I don’t give a damn about the so-called “conventional community” which society reminds us everyday we must be a part of (see: Reality TV). Or maybe it’s because I’m so neurotic and manic about everything from the world of cinema to life in general that I just need to turn my brain off long for an extended period of time, and these rom-coms fill the bill.
It’s hard to say. It’s also hard to care.
Most of the time, my attempts at being whisked away to the magical land of fairy tale romances are thwarted by the fact that a majority of the current entries in such a genre aren’t fit for trap shooting (e.g. When In Rome). Thus, you can imagine my surprise when I popped in Something Borrowed and discovered that it really wasn’t half bad. In fact, it was a bit more than half good; and this is a movie that stars Kate Hudson, mind you!