Teen rom-coms have a built-in fantasy that serves them well in a way their adult counterparts have difficulty in addressing.  They are more likely to deal with the seeming temporary nature of whatever notion of “true love” the main characters find, either directly (all those conversations about “what are we going to do next year”) or indirectly (the audience knows this is a childish lark, but that instills in it a certain innocence – I’d argue that in some ways it’s the lack of a future that gives the genre its power).  This is partially why screenwriters tend to skip the college years and move onto the lonely, Type A personality workaholic female looking for love.  Her life is figured out, so the movie need only concern itself with slotting that one piece of the puzzle into place to get the “Happily Ever After”.  This is all broadly speaking, and I can think of several counter-examples that might be worth examining further, but on a whole, I think there is truth to it, and it is necessary to understand this when approaching the really good aspects of The Five-Year Engagement.    Read the rest of this entry »