Romantic Comedies: Bridget Jones's Diary and Clueless

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Topics: Love, Jane Austen
Rom-coms
The genre I have chosen for my film studies documentary is rom coms. I have chosen this genre because I enjoy watching them and it’s a type of film that interests me.
Rom coms are usually light hearted and generally focus on romantic ideals. An example of this romantic ideal is true love overcoming all obstacles. The main feature is a love plot in which two sympathetic and well-matched lovers are united or reconciled. They are usually focused around a similar plot – two characters are apparently made for each other, but are faced with obstacles, such as a social divide, parental influence or a problematic ex-boyfriend or girlfriend. When these two characters are separated, one or both of them realise that they love the other. Usually, one of them makes a great effort in order to win the love of the other. In a lot of rom-coms, the two characters end up married or live happily ever after.
The two films I have chosen to discuss are Clueless and Bridget Jones’s Diary. Clueless is a 1995 film that is loosely based on Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’. It’s written and directed by Amy Heckerling and produced by Scott Rudin. Some of its main stars are Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, and Brittany Murphy. Clueless is set in Beverly Hills and tells the story of Cher Horowitz – a typical wealthy Beverly Hills teenager. Cher, played by Alicia Silverstone, is 15 going on 16 years old and is rich, pretty, self-centred and popular, having risen to the top of the high school social scene. She knows how to talk anyone into doing just about anything she wants. Because her teacher gave her a bad grade, that she couldn’t argue her way out of, she and her friend Dionne match him up with another teacher to make him happier. When a girl named Tai transfers to Cher's school, she and Dionne give her a makeover and attempt to find her a boyfriend. Cher soon realizes that she wants a boyfriend herself, but no one seems right. She goes through a spiritual makeover and realizes

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