I love ‘em. Even the Zombies love ‘em.
Boy/Girl Meets Girl/Boy. Boy/Girl Loses Girl/Boy. Boy/Girl Carries Out Grand Romantic Gesture That Would Normally Get Them Arrested/Sectioned/Dumped On Their Sorry Arse To Win Girl/Boy Back. Boy/Girl & Girl/Boy Live Happily Ever After.
As the Better Half will testify, I’m appalling watching films. The Grand Romantic Gesture (preferably executed in the rain) will generally reduce me to tears like an 8 year old girl with a skinned knee.
Well, except the ending of ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’. That reduces me to tears for all the wrong reasons. I’m looking at you Andie “Is It Still Raining? I Hadn’t Noticed” McDowell.
Why don’t we bring the Grand Romantic Gesture back and make 1st June 2010 International Romantic Comedy Day?
Forget the corporate whore-fest that is Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, let’s all do one stupid and/or legally dubious thing to bring the John Hughes-esque lurve back.
You could spend the day running after random women at an airport playing Snow Patrol on your iPod speakers. Tell them that “If you get on that plane, we’ll never know how great this could’ve been”. (Hopefully the volcanic ash cloud would’ve gone by then so they don’t reply “My flight’s been cancelled” and you both stand there awkwardly.)
Burst into your Object of Desire’s important conference call/Alcoholics Anonymous meeting/wedding/mother’s funeral to announce that they complete you.
Stand outside their house, rocking a ghetto blaster Cusack-Style as it plays Your Song (I don’t mean the Elton John song. Unless it is actually your song. Better if your song is ‘Remember You’re A Womble’)
Or simply visit a location where that Significant Conversation Occurred and stare wistfully at the swings/restaurant table/bondage gear. While playing Snow Patrol.
If any of this can be done at the same time as ruining a school production where the poor bloody kids have been working really hard for months, only for you to come along and shit on their cabbage patch, kudos.
Basically, if you feel that Richard Curtis could’ve scripted it and it feels good, do it.
I’m just a boy, who’s ‘/’ key has worn out, standing in front of a computer, asking the internet to love everyone. While being had at “hello”.
EDIT: There’s now a Facebook page for the International Rom Com Day here. Sign up!: http://tinyurl.com/2ve6q4l
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