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Free Film Series: Romantic Comedy: Couples & Complaints Campus Updates

Programmed by Jenna Weinman, Ph.D. candidate in Visual Studies at UC Irvine

Although romantic comedies are beloved, or at least well-known, for their delightfully predictable happy endings, this series focuses on the complaints and frustrations that inform the couples’ conflicts and compromises. How do romantic comedies work to recognize and absorb various tensions, anxieties, and desires circulating within a particular historical moment? In what ways are certain intimate expectations, struggles, and thrills recycled across different historical contexts? The films in this series use distinct figurations of the couple–ranging from upperclass, estranged spouses to two heterosexual buddies curiously determined to take their friendship to a physical level–to engage issues of gender and sexuality, singleness and commitment, immaturity and maturity, romance, class, and parenthood.

  • Thursdays in July at 7:00 pm in Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100
  • Free to UCI students, faculty, staff and visitors
  • No need to RSVP
  • Parking available in the Mesa Structure for $2/hour
  • Free snacks provided to enjoy during the film
  • Participate in a group discussion after the film
  • Programmed by UCI grad students

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