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Why are most movies terrible at conveying the true drama of romantic relationships?

"Before Sunrise" Richard Linklater - 1995

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We’ve all heard the same old complaints about romantic comedies; they give women unrealistic expectations, the plots always work out unreasonably well, and the relationships in them just don’t feel real. It’s not just the romantic comedy that’s tended to be guilty of this, and throughout films, depictions of relationships tend to feature a lot more of the relationship action, and a lot less of the relationship everyday.

Why is it that movies have such a difficult time depicting the everyday drama that makes relationships such a complicated part of people’s lives? And what can we learn from those rare films that get this balancing act right?


 Dr. Mary-Lou Galician, professor of media analysis and criticism at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, author of ‘Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media: Analysis and Criticism of Unrealistic Portrayals and Their Influence’

Julie Delpy, Actress, currently Golden-Globe nominated for her role in “Before Midnight” (Sony Classics) - the third film in director Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy, co-starring Ethan Hawke; Delpy, Hawke and Linklater were co-writers of the film