HAPPILY EVER AFTER?
The romantic comedy continues to endure a critical mauling despite, or maybe because of, its continued success at the box oﬃce. The romantic comedy is thriving in the twenty-ﬁrst century; Hollywood is fully
committed to the genre, as it continues to be a signiﬁcant presence in the multiplex, proving its worth and popularity with regular box oﬃce successes. Yet, paradoxically, commentators and critics continue to bemoan the state of the genre, as each high-proﬁle release is greeted by
scathing reviews and feature articles which compare the contemporary romcom to screwball comedies in particular, seeing the latter as a golden age for the genre against which today’s ﬁlms fail to measure up.