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A new piece in the Atlantic asks why romantic comedies are so bad lately. Tell us about the best and worst ones you've seen

According to Christopher Orr's latest piece in the Atlantic, the romantic comedy has fallen on tough times. The plot lines are bad, the profits are down and we didn't even have a new release in the lead up to Valentine's Day. He quotes legendary rom-com producer Lynda Obst as saying: "It is the hardest time of my 30 years in the business."

Orr goes on to cite bad actors (or the wrong actors) as part of the problem – too much Katherine Heigl and not enough George Clooney – according to him, but ultimately Orr places the blame on a much more existential issue: that the "obstacles to nuptial bliss" – the conflict that the lovers at the center of any rom-com must overcome to be together – are harder and harder to come by. »

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