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Anatomy of a Typical Guy Meets Girl Movie

Updated on December 12, 2010

(Peppy music plays.) Boy meets girl, but one is better than the other. Usually the guy is substandard, but sometimes as a twist, it is the girl who is inferior. However, some accident of fate throws them together and they go out. Friends point out the relationship is doomed while conversely encouraging them to pursue it.

Girl (usually) gives guy a chance, but he blows it. Friends commiserate, tell him it is hopeless, but encourage him to try again anyway. He does try again and is so inept and bumbling, it is simply charming. Girl agrees to go out again. Guy is happy, friends are amazed.

(Upbeat romantic music erupts.) Scenes fly by. Guy and girl on a bridge. Guy and girl laughing and drinking sodas together. Guy and girl at ball game. Guy and girl having a water fight. Guy and girl getting very intimate.

Then someone blows it again, usually the guy. Or there is an enormous misunderstanding, the type that never takes place in real life. Or they have a terrible argument over something about which no two sane people in the real world would ever argue. They break up.

(Sad romantic music now plays.) Guy walks alone. Guy eats alone. Guy is depressed and sees girl from a distance, but she ignores him. Or he tries to talk to her and she snubs him. Girl is righteously indignant. Guy wanders forsaken in a bleak world of solitary trips to the mall or he revisits their old romantic haunts, but this time alone. The idea is put forth that he is miserable. She is also miserable, but not as miserable as he is. Tension rises in the movie. Friends again commiserate and tell him it was never meant to be. They tell her it was never meant to be.

Some tragic event throws them back together. They suddenly realize he has been wrong and is indeed a complete fool. They both experience this epiphany simultaneously. This generally happens in a large crowd of people, for instance in a subway terminal, airport, or a huge party. Timing for this amazing revelation is almost always just as one or the other of them is ready to leave for a distant location where he or she will disappear into a void of un-findability. Therefore, there is an undeniable urgency to this exchange. Their pressing and cataclysmic reconciliation draws the attention of the crowd.

These total strangers completely forget their own concerns and lives at this point. They watch and listen with rapt fascination as girl admits to a few minor mistakes and guy admits to massive lapses in judgment. They kiss and the crowd applauds, inappropriately interested in this interaction which has no bearing whatsoever on their own personal situations. (Bright happy music ensues.) Crowd loses interest. Guy and girl now start their new future together and the movie is over. (Bouncy romantic music blares until the end of the movie and throughout the roll of the credits.)

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Which is your favorite way for guy and girl to meet in this type of movie?

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      Nancy Cartwright 

      6 years ago

      I understand your knowledge on the subjet of "boy meets girl" romantic comedies, however your knowledge about the robots living among us is not displayed in this article.

      Kisses from Kansas,


    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Sometimes that's part of the fun of those kind of know what to expect and can just enjoy the lightheartedness of it all.

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      7 years ago from North York, Canada

      Ah yes, you have the formula down pat. Cue that montage!

    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks, Rhonda. I agree with you. Sad endings are such a let down after investing a couple of hours into watching a movie. I'm a happy ending kind of person, too.

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      Rhonda Musch 

      7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Voted up. I like happy endings. Found this on twitter. Great job.

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      7 years ago from Cyberspace

      LOL I really enjoyed the poll choices.

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      7 years ago from KY

      Awesome imagination! Well sort of--but it's been imagined a million times over on the big screen!! Great Job! Voting up!

    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      You are right, Shades. I forgot that little plot element.

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      7 years ago from California

      My but you are prolific. :) I'll be honest with you, I hate chick flicks. What always pisses me off is what I call the "dumb lie." In ever one of them, there is some thing they need to admit to up front, like "I slept with your mom," or "I'm really an assassin" or something, and there is a moment early one where they have the chance to confess, a point where everyone watching knows that if they confess RIGHT now, she will forgive him because of how in love they are, BUT... every single G-damn time, he NEVER, EVER just outs with it. So the whole rest of the movie is the same damn sham every time. Riding out the consequences of that stupid moment between minute 15 and 23 in every one of those movies. (sigh). :)

    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks, Scarlett. I like a happy ending too. There are just too many of the other kind in real life.

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      Scarlett My Dear 

      7 years ago from Missouri

      Oh, how I love a happy ending!

      I respect, admire, ponder over a brilliant, but melancholy tragedy. But, Oh how I do love a happy ending!

      Funny, Karen ~ and right on the mark! ~ Cheers, Scarlett

    • Karen Wodke profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wodke 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      When a formula works, I say stick with it! I have watched Pretty Woman more than a couple of times and enjoyed it every time.

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      7 years ago

      Well now, there is no way to follow that comment from epigramman!

      I like these movies because they are so predictable. It means I can make popcorn, answer the phone or whatever else without missing a beat! Pretty Woman is still a fav along with When Harry Met Sally. Oh, who am I kidding? I love them all... Sleepless in Seattle etc etc etc. Well written and fun way to lay out the old cliché scripts! :)

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      7 years ago

      ...inventive writer you are to turn over a new leaf, so to speak, on a tradiitional age old cliche and make it sound so fresh and exciting - bravo to you for your wit and verve - and thanks so much for your comment - and yes a brand new romance came out of a sex change operation!


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