Golden oldies: how romantic comedies set out to attract the more mature lover
After a lean decade, the 90s staple has returned in a big way. But there is one key difference: grey hair. How did older actors take over the genre?
Much like a platonic friend who realises that their soulmate was by their side all along, Hollywood has finally noticed how desperate we are for new romantic comedies.
Over the past decade, we were lucky if we got one high-profile romcom a year. But on 27 January, there are three to choose from. On Netflix, there is You People, co-written by Jonah Hill, in which Hill’s Jewish character gets together with Lauren London’s black Muslim character (culture-clash hilarity ensues). Prime Video has Shotgun Wedding, a bet-they-thought-of-the-title-first caper in which Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel’s tropical-island nuptials are interrupted by masked gunmen. And US cinemagoers can see Maybe I Do, in which Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey consult their respective parents about whether to tie the knot.