I hate romcoms. They’re dull and cliched and make me feel like there’s a conspiracy to present women in the worst light possible. I don’t know anyone who acts like the women in romcoms. And the comedy bit is a complete misnomer.
Hadley Freeman has a great opinion piece in The Guardian about how bad The Ugly Truth and The Proposal are – two films produced by women that still humiliate women. It’s worth clicking through just to see the photo of Katherine Heigl.
While I accept that there aren’t many roles around for female actors over the age of 30, I don’t think it’s purely a problem for women. Most of the young male actors don’t make it further than a couple of teen flicks. Think of all the kids in the spoof films – most of them won’t be getting Oscars. Ever. What about the boys from 1999’s American Pie? A few of them played the same characters in a few almost-identical films, but that’s about it. Apart from Seann William Scott who is making a living playing Stifler in lots of films.
Bear with me, I’m not getting all ‘oh, poor men, they’re so hard done by’.
Romcoms illustrate perfectly that Hollywood doesn’t know what to do with 30-40 year olds. For women in their early 30s, it’s their last chance to “be sexy” before Hollywood says they’re desperate cougars (god, I hate that term). For men, unless they’re action heroes, they’re just the love interest of the neurotic woman in a romcom. Until they age a bit more and then get to have fresh young 20-somethings as their completely plausible – cough, cough – love interest.