There once was a time when people laughed at romantic comedies. And I don’t mean that they snickered at the term as an epithet for a genre that’s become lazy and formulaic, as many do now. They actually used to laugh because romantic comedies were funny—hence the term, romantic-comedy.
But somewhere after the box-office reigns of Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan, during the Kate Hudson dynasty, and definitely before Good Luck Chuck, rom-coms became a creative wasteland. “Oh, it’s been horrible,” Chris Rock tells EW. “It’s been brutal for 20 years. They always forget the comedy part, and they forget that you can do what would really happen. They never [tell the story of] what would really happen… Maybe (500) Days of Summer, that was pretty good.”
Rock’s latest movie, Top Five, is a romantic comedy in the purest sense of the term—and it’s so good that it might just remind both audiences and an industry that’s basically given up on the genre what they used to love about these movies. READ FULL STORY