Sunday, 9 May 2010

Genre Opening Codes and Conventions

Codes and Conventions of a ‘Romcom’ movie:

  • A romcom appeals to people in love or hoping to be soon. This is argued tha it is mainly women, so the main audience will be generally younger women.
  • The characters in romcoms do things that are seen as funny which adds to the comedy aspect.
  • The plot of most romcoms is that a couple who may or may not be together at the beginning of the film, but are clearly meant to be- end up being together at the end. It is mostly always a happy ending. It is always that sterotypical idea of 'love'.
  • It is mainly always hetrosexual relationships, male and female. It is rare that a gay couple is seen in a rom-com.
  • The music is slow, romantic but usually music that appeals to anyone- it is easy to like.
  • The main characters are good looking and usually big stars.
  • The setting is usually somewhere obvious where everybody would understand where it is, usually a big and well known city.
  • There is sometimes competetion between the male and another male fighting for one woman. However this can be turned around and have 2 women fighting for a male.
  • Stereotypical colours are used, red to represent love and pink signifies femininity. White represents purity.

Examples of Rom-Coms

4 Weddings and a Funeral, 1994, Mike Newell

10 Things I Hate About You, 1999, Gil Junger

Notting Hill, 1999, Roger Mitchell

Bridget Jones' Diary, 2001, Sharon Maguire

Love Actually, 2003, Richard Curtis

Pride & Prejudice, 2005, Joe Wright

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