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jerrymcguirepicbuzz.jpgAs a singleton who recently survived one of my least favorite holidays, I know this list is going to sound incredibly jaded. But I am not bashing all romantic comedies.There is nothing wrong with an occasional harmless diversion into that blissful, though temporal, land of romance. (I’ve watched “Bridget Jones” as often as any female I know, and I adored the “Gilmore Girls.” ‘Nuf said.)
5. “The Wedding Date”: The encouraging, edifying mesage of this romantic comedy is that if you are over thirty, smart and successful, your best bet to find love is to cash in your retirement plan to hire a gorgeous male hooker. Happiness is destined to follow.


4. “The Graduate”: I am not sure if this ode to 60s free love truly counts as a romantic comedy, but it was certainly one of the first movies to idealize men’s desire to stay children and women’s desire to be either promiscious and manipulative or dumb and pretty.
3. “Jerry McGuire”: The most overused and nauseating line of any rormantic comedy in recent history–“You complete me”–supports the notion that we can only find our value in another human–otherwise we’ll be miserable. Such a philosophy is a sure way to avoid the pain and rewards of true, lasting love for faithless, fickle romance.
2. Any Kate Hudson Comedy: There are just so gosh darned many bad romantic comedies Hudson has made I could start a separate list, but I won’t. Whether it’s the recent flick “Fool’s Gold” or the forgettable “Alex and Emma,” all of her comedies represent women in our most selfish and shallow forms.
1.”Love Story”: Perhaps no movie has ever been made which had less to do with real love than “Love Story.” I’m not kidding. An entire generation foolishly bought into that now infamous line “Love means never having to say your sorry.” Anyone I know who has had a worthwhile marriage that has lasted longer than two minutes would vehemently disagree with that sentiment.

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