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The 7 Romantic Comedy Movie Poster Clichés
If you thought the movie was bad, you ain't seen nothing yet...

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Cliché #3: The Park Bench


 EXAMPLE 1 
Singles (1992)
Singles is a good rom com, but the poster is generic in the extreme. Well, this one is, anyway: white background, park bench, title at the top. Its poster brother, a black and white number, is slightly better, but is hampered by some poor Photoshopping. Still, as an example of the couple-on-a-park-bench rom-com movie poster trope, it cannot be beaten. Should have had a picture of Eddie Vedder on it, we reckon. In fact, as a general rule, if you're worried about your poster being rubbish, just add Eddie Vedder.

 EXAMPLE 2 
French Kiss (1995)
God Kevin Kline is awesome, isn't he?


 EXAMPLE 3 
Must Love Dogs (2005)
Odd one, this. It's a three-floaty-heads number, in miniature, on a bench, with a dog. Also, if that bench wasn't there, that dog would be exposing himself in a way that someone would definitely complain to the producers about. In other words, thank God for benches.

 EXAMPLE 4 
Ghost Town (2008)
Unusually for a rom-com movie poster, the female lead does not appear, which by us is a damn, damn shame, especially as the lady in question is ever-so-lovely Téa Leoni. But this is a Ricky Gervais movie - his first, in fact - and Ricky Gervais doesn't play by the rules. Just ask the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. And anyone who's watched The Invention Of Lying… God bless you poor souls.


 EXAMPLE 5 
Milenge Milenge (2010)
Remember this one from the back-to-back wall/lift leaner? They also did a bench number. Shameless, really.

 EXAMPLE 6 
Guess Who (2005)
Ashton! It's been too long. Like Ghost Town, there's no lady (this time around, Zoe Saldana) and it's playing on the whole awkward thing, but considering this movie is the modern, farcical remake of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, the poster is the least of its problems.


 EXAMPLE 7 
The Dilemma (2011)
Is this movie called The Dilemma or The Truth Hurts? If you can't tell what the movie's called, you've gone done fucked up, poster designer.

 EXAMPLE 8 
You Me and Dupree (2006)
You again? Stop it! It doesn't matter that it's German. There's no excusing this shoddy behaviour. Bad Owen Wilson, bad.


 EXAMPLE 9 
Elizabethtown (2005)
This movie indulges in so many movie poster clichés that you'll see a grand total of three appearances from it in this long list. This one is the least heinous, what with it just being the two leads pulling faces on a velvety bench of some sort. Still, keep eyes peeled for further offences.

 EXAMPLE 10 
Knocked Up (2007)
As sitting-down-together movie posters go, this is the best of the bad bunch we've shown you today. Their faces genuinely communicate something, and the punning / wordplay around the title is top notch. We're suckers for puns, basically. Gluttons for punishment, if you will.


 EXAMPLE 11 
The Rebound (2009)
The other poster for The Rebound plays with the red meets white look again (but Justin Bartha seems drunk, somehow) but this one is a pure and simple bench number, only the bench has been swapped out for a couple of washing machines. But you can't fool us; we know there's a bench under there, damn it.

 EXAMPLE 12 
Laws Of Attraction (2004)
STEEE-RIKE TWO!
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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

6
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

12
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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