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The 7 Romantic Comedy Movie Poster Clichés
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Cliché #2: The Three Floaty Faces


 EXAMPLE 1 
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Love triangles are very easy to represent. Well, they are if you're willing to be incredibly first base about it all, and we're sorry to say that the people behind the first Bridget Jones' movie definitely were. To be fair, at least Colin Firth is actually trying to look into the diary and they all look very nice. So there's that.

 EXAMPLE 2 
Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason (2004)
This one, alas, doesn't have that sense of poster continuity. All three of them could be anywhere, their faces and shoulders floating side by side endlessly in the ether. Nice pout from Renée though. That is a pout, isn't it?


 EXAMPLE 3 
Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
Hugh Grant and Colin Firth are often victims of the three-heads-side-by-side disease, and here's a solid example of Hugh taking the lead role in the triple-header. We suspect it's Photoshopped, of course, but the tweak of the face and the kiss from the right are the kind of addition that make posters like this work. Almost work, anyway.

 EXAMPLE 4 
The Accidental Husband (2008)
Here's Colin's third slice of the Three Floaty Faces pie, and it's a real shocker. In fact, we've already ripped this one to shreds in Our Ultimate Collection Of Badly Photoshopped Movie Posters feature. So you might want to head in that direction for a bit. If you like.


 EXAMPLE 5 
Licence To Wed (2007)
Sure, it says 'License To Wed' on this poster, but it's an American one, and unfortunately one of the things Americans can't do is spull werds propa. Like You, Me And Dupree (see next slide) this poster is about a couple whose relationship is messed about with by a third party - which is why he's dead centre, see? It's very clever really. Shame neither Mandy nor John want to kiss each other. At all.

 EXAMPLE 6 
You, Me And Dupree (2006)
This film is awful, and so is the poster. That's all we have to say on the matter.


 EXAMPLE 7 
Three To Tango (1999)
Though Neve Campbell might be in the centre of this celebrity sandwich, Three To Tango is a Matt Perry vehicle, right in the middle of his Friends heyday. He's presumed to be gay, and that's funny, and he is neurotic and charming, and yeah, so yeah. If you've watched this movie, we'd be very, very surprised. Seriously, just look at the poster.

 EXAMPLE 8 
My Boss's Daughter (2003)
Ashton Kutcher is in so many movies in this romantic comedy poster cliché list it's almost as if he asks for the posters to be as bad as possible. You know, to match the quality of the films. Plus, you need to take a closer look at Terence Stamp's face. That's definitely a I'm-going-to-strangle-my-agent face. Definitely.
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1 Manhattan?
Are they not sitting on a park bench in Manhattan, it's a bit far away but they are definitely on one More

Posted by edjones95 on Saturday October 22, 2011, 17:39

2 Bendy Ben
Is it just me or has Ben Affleck suddenly gone all Mr Fantastic in the poster for Forces of Nature? More

Posted by Enzino on Wednesday March 16, 2011, 14:20

3
the accidental husband poster has absaloute crap editing... More

Posted by supernaturalfan93 on Thursday January 27, 2011, 09:40

4 How do they forget the template of two-four faces in horizontal panels?
When I saw this headline on IMDb, I was sure someone would finally be torn into for using the same freaking template for like ten movies. But no! It's the horizontal panel photos with the title in the middle in thin serif font, seen in the following movies, for example: Something's Gotta Give (http://www.imdb.com/media/rm232299776/tt0337741) The Holiday (http://www.imdb.com/media/rm4200108544/tt0457939) I Could Never Be Your Woman (http://www.imdb.com/media/rm998872576/tt0466839) Th is one's remarkably similar: Because I Said So: (http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2412745472/tt0490084) S ame freakin' template! Could you get any lazier about your poster design? It pisses me off. More

Posted by keelover on Thursday January 27, 2011, 05:16

5 Red-on-white
The WORST RomCom trait ever - white background, red fonts. Doing the in-house displays in my work irritates the hang out of me, 'cos I can never put the RomCom posters together as they all look like the same film!! The Ugly Truth, The Rebound, Morning Glory, Love and Other Drugs, the Heartbreak Kid *shudder*, there must just be a 'generic RomCom' button on most studios' Photoshops... More

Posted by GypsyTrash on Wednesday January 26, 2011, 11:57

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Rom Coms...a bloody waste of space in the film market More

Posted by ronniem on Wednesday January 26, 2011, 09:58

7 What about...
Shallow Hal in the bench department: http://pinartarhan.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/ amorcego2.jpg More

Posted by Seannybo on Wednesday January 26, 2011, 09:42

8 Excuse Two Weeks' Notice
Like the Run Fatboy Run poster, the Two Weeks' Notice one is not in English, it's Italian. So maybe they don't have the same grasp of apostrophes. More

Posted by Enzino on Wednesday January 26, 2011, 09:11

9 Non-rom-com films that use these cliches
1 - Back to Back: A View to a Kill (original poster), Iron Man 2 2 - Floaty faces: Goodfellas, Wall Street, Saving Private Ryan 3 - Park Bench: Forrest Gump, Good Will Hunting 4 - Giant Faces: Election, No Country for Old Men, Avatar 5 - The Collage: Magnolia, The Truman Show, Donnie Darko, Boogie Nights 6 - Pick Me Up: As Good As It Gets 7 - The Lean: Gone With the Wind, The Persuit of Happyness More

Posted by G MAN on Tuesday January 25, 2011, 23:49

10 Three to Tango
Seen it - is it wrong that kinda totally like it? More

Posted by mebbetheywasinjuns on Tuesday January 25, 2011, 20:35

11 Kevin Connolly must...
... be absolutely MORTIFIED at that shot of him in 'He's Just Not That Into You'. Jesus Christ, look at that face! More

Posted by Concise_Statement on Tuesday January 25, 2011, 20:29

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To be fair, there aren't THAT money ways to make a poster! More

Posted by jamie325 on Tuesday January 25, 2011, 20:23

13 A few more...
1. White background, wording in two colours (the proposal, the back up plan, the break-up) 2. White background - bold font, narrow font (Date Night, Leap Year, the ugly truth, definitley maybe, made of honour) 3. Jennifer Aniston, Katherine Heigl and Jennifer Lopez More

Posted by House_Of_Myrmidon on Tuesday January 25, 2011, 16:50

14 A few more...
1. White background, wording in two colours (the proposal, the back up plan, the break-up) 2. White background - bold font, narrow font (Date Night, Leap Year, the ugly truth, definitley maybe, made of honour) 3. Jennifer Aniston, Katherine Heigl and Jennifer Lopez More

Posted by House_Of_Myrmidon on Tuesday January 25, 2011, 16:45

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