Anytime I post something on Instagram I usually add a caption with it. Most anytime I watch something, it inspires me to think about something. Combine the two and the result is a discussion post. The latest of which is to talk about why wholesome romance should make a comeback. The why of this is, in my opinion, something that seems to be self-explanatory, but nonetheless we’ll talk about all the things that make up a wholesome story.WHY WHOLESOME ROMANCE MOVIES SHOULD MAKE A COMEBACK #ROMANCEMOVIES #WHOLESOMEROMANCE #NETFLIX #APERFECTPARIING #GOODMOVIES Click To Tweet
Often when a new, low budget romantic-comedy will debut on something like Netflix, social media has a fun time at its expense. This I can understand in the sense of the trope-y things like the gasping moment of catching someone falling off a ladder. One of the more recent to fall prey to this is the Netflix debut A Perfect Pairing. The film features former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice as an LA wine import exec who calls it quits when she realizes neither her boss nor her co-workers have an respect for the work and hours she puts in. This inspires her to travel to Australia chasing a possible client to jump start her dreams. Of course, while there, she meets Max, a cute Australian who is not what she expects.
Honestly, I am grateful this film exists.
It’s not perfect and of course, there are things that I wish were written differently, but A Perfect Pairing and other peer films are seriously doing better at winning the romantic-comedy genre than anything else I’m seeing. This film may be made by smaller, independent studios or backers, but even at that, it’s this sort of film that brings me closer to the heartwarming feeling I had while watching While You Were Sleeping than the big studio films of today do. I cannot remember the last blockbuster romantic comedy film I saw that evoked that kind of wholesome feeling.
Of course, everyone also has a different perspective on what makes a “wholesome” film. For me, this means something with an indescribable “it” feeling that makes us feel good and a silly grin by the credits end. The era of Never Been Kissed, 13 Going on 30, Sweet Home Alabama or While You Were Sleeping is gone. No longer do we create films that evoke that kind of reaction. Instead it’s more about darkness or trying to be artistic.
This genre of film is sadly, fading away. Whether or not it will make a comeback it TBD. What I would say is, we really need a return to wholesome romance movies. We need more light in our entertainment. Doesn’t mean it always has to be grand gestures and trips to Europe, but we do need to see some good storytelling that while maybe still sporting content issues, at least understands the value of wholesome storytelling. Stories that make you feel good and stories that have no agenda other than telling their story. Films that feature actors that know how to bring that script to life and understand a story isn’t about their soap boxes, but rather making people smile, laugh, and yes, maybe even shed a tear.
What is your thoughts on wholesome romance movies? How do you define them? What is your favorite wholesome romance? Do you think they should make a comeback? Comment all the comments – let’s get some conversation going.
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