Movies: Who Killed the Love Story?

On the lost art of making a great romantic movie

Melissa Moseley / Sony

Evan (Michael Cera, left) could get the chance to hook up with Becca (Martha MacIsaac, right) as he has the night of his life in Superbad.

Correction Appended Aug. 10, 2007

Somewhere in the outer reaches of outback Australia, a place where there are few paved roads and, since it's winter, the temperature gets to only 98°F (37°C), Nicole Kidman is trying to fall in love. This is an incredibly risky thing to do. Not because it's difficult: the object of her affection is Hugh Jackman, a broad-shouldered swoony hunk of the old school. And not because a lot of her needs--Chanel, lip gloss, salad--aren't available in nearby Kununurra, and the nearest substantial town is about 350 miles (560 km) away. It's because Kidman & Co....

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