The Jewish and cinematic musings of the Rabbi of The Reform Temple of Rockland in Upper Nyack, New York.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Apropos of nothing
So here I am in the midst of sermon writing, conducting my first bat mitzvah rehearsal at Har Sinai, trying to prep for the High Holy Days, and where is my mind? Its focused on the recent implosion of the so-called rom-coms (romantic comedies).
With the most recent failures of Leap Year, When in Rome, He’s Just Not that in to You, and the Ugly Truth, (the Proposal notwithstanding), rom-coms have been declared movie non-grata amongst movie goers and critics alike. Some have even suggested they are a dying breed.
However anyone who counts out any genre fails to appreciate the ebb and flow of movies. Westerns were on the outs until the arrival of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven. Horror movies were going nowhere until the Scream series made something old into something new. And the Smurfs are now back in James Cameron’s Avatar, oh wait, I meant in the live action/computer animated movie coming out next year.
Though maybe some movies should have remained on television. See: A-Team, Bewitched, Dukes of Hazard, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and just about almost every television show made into a movie. I just pray they never make a Three’s Company movie, but you never know.
But with Rom-Coms, this wasn’t always the case. Part of the problem is rom-coms have gotten away from their roots of actual people living life. The most successful and arguably one of the best rom-coms was When Harry Met Sally. It was and is an endearing movie about two people who fall in love but only after a long fascinating on and off friendship. It was a movie both men and women enjoyed as it spoke to the complexities of modern relationships. Plus it was really funny.
Instead the bromance has taken over the place of rom-coms. With the success of Knocked-Up, the Hangover, the Wedding Crashers, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I love you Man, and the like, these movies seem to have found a formula missing from the current crop of rom-coms.
With that in mind here are some suggestions for future filmmakers and writers out there: please stay away from marriages in foreign lands, hired dates, simple misunderstandings, and gorgeous women who for some inexplicable reason are unable to find dates. Instead play to the quirky nature of dating and romance, and try not to force people into situations that don’t exist in real life (unless they are straight out of a Disney cartoon come to life), otherwise you will continue to lose the battle to bromance movies.
See I told you this was apropos of nothing. Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Sharff is the Senior Rabbi for The Reform Temple of Rockland in Upper Nyack, New York. He was raised in Houston, Texas where he discovered the acoustic and electric guitar while sitting in his dorm room one day. Rabbi Sharff graduated from the University of Texas and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.
Rabbi Sharff is the rhythm guitarist for RTR's in House Band, and he also served as the editor for Howard Salmon's z"l Comic Book Siddur.