My Indisputable Love of Rom-Coms

rom-com

noun: (in movies or television) a romantic comedy

Ahhh if only I could live in a romantic comedy.

Plot: Romantic ideals and humor would rule my days. And nights.

Setting: Everything would be lovely. The furniture would match. Fresh flowers would abound. Even the food on the counters would serve as inspiration.

Characters: I could be sexy and funny and wear stylish clothes. Every. Single. Day.

Conflict & Resolution: I wouldn’t mind the conflicts in everyday life because I’d know deep down that they’d all get resolved, as long as I kept my sense of humor. And there would always be a happily ever after. A love conquers all. A win win.

This week Nancy Meyers daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer, debuts her directorial debut in Home Again. Starring Reese Witherspoon, produced by Nancy Meyers, it is a romantic comedy by a team of talented women. I can’t wait! My daughters and I have a sort of “Rom-Com Language” we speak to each other. Whether referring to fashion or interior design or quoting witty lines we reference a myriad of movies we’ve seen together, only to have the others guess which one we are referring to. It’s a special combination of memories; times spent at the movies and on the couch being together giggling, eating popcorn, being influenced by other women. I am excited to see how this movie will add to our repertoire.

John Hughes. Nora Ephron. Nancy Meyers. They shaped my teenage and adult unrealistic romantic expectations. They have given my daughters and I time together to bond through laughter and ¬†inspiration. And they have painted pictures of women whose pretty homes are ran with wit and creativity. Women who write, who cook, who buy flowers. Women who make mistakes, have great senses of humor and are their own best friends. Maybe I do live in a romantic comedy…and I kind of like that about myself!

“I happen to go for the simplest, most ordinary things. The extraordinary doesn’t interest me. I’m not interested in psychotics. I’m interested in the person you don’t expect to have a story. I like Everyman.”

John Hughes

“I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are.”

Nora Ephron

“I’ve always been blessed with confidence. I am a glass-half-full person.”

Nancy Meyers

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