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Why is it so hard to make a good rom-com?




Actor Kumail Nanjiani and actor Zoe Kazan in
Actor Kumail Nanjiani and actor Zoe Kazan in "The Big Sick."
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Or maybe you love romantic comedies just the way they are.

But for many critics, “The Big Sick,” based on the real-life love story of star Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, TV-producer Emily V. Gordon, is being hailed as the “best romantic comedy in years.”

The 1990s and early 2000s are often credited as rom-com’s most recent heyday — the era of “Pretty Woman,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “My Best Friend's Wedding”  — while finding examples from the last decade has proven to be a tougher exercise.  

It’s not that these movies aren’t being made, it’s just that today’s romantic comedies don’t seem to be nearly as iconic or beloved as the ones we already know. So what’s the art of making a great romantic comedy, and why are they so difficult to make? What’s the last great rom-com you’ve watched? Or if you haven’t abandoned the genre, what’s recently topped your list and why?

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Amy Nicholson, film critic for KPCC and host of The Canon; she tweets @TheAmyNicholson

Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and the Christian Science Monitor