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The thrill has been mostly gone for romantic comedies since Meg Ryan’s heyday. Once the playground for Tracy and Hepburn, Nora Ephron, Woody Allen, Preston Sturges and Julia Roberts, the genre has lost its fizz, thanks to joyless rom-com duds such as “Fool’s Gold,” “New Year’s Eve” and “Did You Hear About the Morgans?.” Movies such as “No Strings Attached” and “Friends With Benefits” fumbled when they tried to injecting sex into the stale genre; though bromances disguised as romantic comedies such as “Knocked Up” managed to find the box office success that has eluded traditional romantic comedies. »

- Brent Lang

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