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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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#5: The Collage


 EXAMPLE 1 
Valentine's Day (2010)
There's no lazier way of making a rom-com poster than just taking mugshot-esque stills of all the characters and clicking the 'collage' button on Picasa (other use-friendly Photoshop replacements are available). Valentine's Day is the king of this, as it also uses the heart motif. That said, there has to be someone you have the hots for in there. Someone. Surely.

 EXAMPLE 2 
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
Did you know that Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Sasha Alexander, Justin Long, Jennifer Connelly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kevin Connolly, and Bradley Cooper were in this movie? Now you do.


 EXAMPLE 3 
Love Actually (2003)
First of all - it's Christmas, so everything is forgiven, and yes, red and white a-go-go, but just dressing up some stills as a present? Really? You're better than this, surely?

 EXAMPLE 4 
L'Auberge Espanol (2002)
A 10-year-old child could have made this poster. Come on, it's true. And if our French neighbours are going to take inspiration from anything in American cinema (rather than the reverse, as is traditional) they should try to take the best bits, not the tradition of the ensemble poster.


 EXAMPLE 5 
The Russian Dolls (2005)
...its sequel is just as bad, no matter how it dresses it up with little colourful squares.

 EXAMPLE 6 
Elizabethtown (2005)
Again? Sigh...
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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

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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