Racial divide

Classic romantic comedies follow this scenario: the hero and heroine begin as adversaries but are irresistibly drawn to each other; they overcome a series of obstacles and recognize that they belong together; their willingness to change—to discard the prejudices that kept them apart—denotes their growth as human beings and shows that they deserve each other.

The best recent film example of a classic romantic comedy is the enchanting remake of Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennett and Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. D’Arcy. For an interesting variation on the formula, check out Something New, in which the barrier that the protagonists, Kenya (Sanaa Lathan) and Brian (Simon Baker), have to negotiate is race: she’s black and he’s white.

 

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