Rom-Com Rambling

Arely Rubio, Staff

Being given the parameter of well… no parameter… is harder than one would think. I’m sure that if I had a clear vision of what this article would contain, I would have finished this article before it was even due (which is very rare for me). Naturally, when I was told my piece could be about anything, I thought, “Well look at me. I’m Kate Hudson standing next to Matthew McConaughey, in the movie, How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Although, I’m still waiting for that epiphany of an idea to come to me… at least for now, she has my back. What I think we are desperately missing is one of those self diagnosing magazines telling me how compatible I am with my celebrity crush.

If I were to take one of those compatibility tests on which Rom-Com character I relate to most, I would most definitely be more of a Kat Stratford than a Brianca from 10 Things I Hate About You. Kat has a personality that I would compare to one of those Mickey Mouse ice creams that you buy at Disney—a hard exterior, hence the chocolate shell (my favorite part), then soft ice cream in the middle. If you’ve ever seen Miss Congeniality, there’s a scene where Sandra Bullock is sitting at a bar and asks the bartender for a full pint. Con- versation exchanges between Sandra and her po- lice partner, and before you know it, the bartender hands her a full pint of ice cream—not what you were thinking. This reminds us why a woman’s best friends are sometimes named Ben and Jerry.

Although Ben and Jerry are definitely a power duo of best friends, it won’t be easy to top ours truly, Julianne Potter and George Downes, from The Best Friend’s Wedding. Personally, this is one of my favorite Rom-Coms. Who doesn’t like it when you suddenly realize that you’re actually in love with your best friend? Yet, when you are appointed Maid of Honor, things get even more complicated.

It is absolutely jaw-dropping if you think about the amount of Rom-Coms that include wed- dings. I’m not talking about the happy-ending… the everyone smiling, type of wedding at the end of a movie. But more of a Wedding Crashers and 27 Dresses kind of plot. One where love hits you in the face,leaving nothing buta smashed wedding cake on your nose and giving you that sweet happy ending of which almost every person dreams of.

Sometimes dreams are hard to fulfill, but not for Jenna Rink. 13 Going on 30 starts with a teen wishing that she becomes an older version of herself. Little does she know that with age comes responsibility. If I had the responsibilities of a 30 year old, I’m pretty sure rambling about Rom- Coms wouldn’t be at the top of my to-do list. But, who am I to know? Fate works in strange ways. Hmm… this leads me to, perhaps because it was written in the stars, the movie Serendipity.

Serendipity has a topic that I adore, woven in between the lines of the script. This movie tests the boundaries of chance and fate, showing the viewer that some things in life are just out of our control. The universe takes two people from New York, with different lives, and merges their lives to one, mak- ing it seem like a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle is easy. When it comes to talking in this case, writing about “destiny” and “fate” seems wondrous. Knowing that every movement and event that happens in your life leads to something bigger and unimaginable in the present is simultaneously comforting and exciting at the same time. I am a strong believer in the saying, “Everything happens for a reason,” and when there is a movie made up of many moving parts that come together in the end, I’m all for it. Bam! I have named eight romantic comedies that are must-watches. Now, if you are ever in dire need of some mindless entertainment, and especial- ly if you are looking for a break from homework, chores, or even reality, this is the perfect recipe. From solving crimes (Miss Congeniality) to solving love (every movie I just named), I got you covered. Now when it comes to having no parameter in this page, it looks like watching a bunch of T.V. just helped me out here. Because of the square box, I have officially finished my newspaper assignment. Thanks to Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey.

“Hudson spent a day shadowing Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, after landing the role of the ambitious magazine columnist,” according to E News.
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