Movies: Andie's Arrival

Why romantic comedy is a gal named MacDowell

You don't have to be an AARP member to get misty about classic-style Hollywood romantic comedy--or to wonder what ever happened to it. Here were people at their most attractive, dreaming and scheming, who spoke effortlessly in the sort of dialogue that would occur to us only after the door slammed in our face. Witty words for pretty people: that was the clever format. In the mouths of glamorous stars, romantic comedy gave a sly intelligence to the pursuit of love. It made the amorous heart beat smartly.

Wax nostalgic no more. The old form is alive--with a nice femme kick--in...

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