Definition of romantic comedy in English:

romantic comedy


  • 1A film or play that deals with love in a light, humorous way.

    ‘the wit and charm of a classic romantic comedy’
    • ‘Like Stiller's supposed cleverness, it's too subtle, mostly just a hint—a shot at couching an otherwise plain, predictable romantic comedy in some kind of vague pseudo-intellectuallism.’
    • ‘Two Weeks Notice is the season's must-see romantic comedy!’
    • ‘A deliciously offbeat romantic comedy, Eternal Sunshine creates a story that not only tantilizes the mind and tickles the funny bone, but offers its own warped perspective on that crazy little thing called "love."’
    • ‘I believe the original Wilder "Sabrina" is the most irresistible romantic comedy ever made.’
    • ‘A light-hearted romantic comedy should be short.’
    • ‘There are few romantic comedies in Australian cinema; few fully developed adult love stories, fewer still with happy endings.’
    • ‘On the other hand, wherein lies the films singular biggest failing, in a performance of remarkable naivety, the lead actress apparently thinks that she's making a straight romantic comedy.’
    • ‘It did well because there are very few well-written, smart, funny romantic comedies out there.’
    • ‘Tinseltown has usurped the kung fu genre, and even some Bollywood romances have a taste of the American romantic comedy.’
    • ‘It's been a while since Hollywood made a light romantic comedy.’
    • ‘I can enjoy a cheesy romantic comedy as much as the next girl, and I am absolutely blown away by some effects and stunts in action films.’
    • ‘These characters cart around pleasing loads of emotional baggage for a romantic comedy, which makes the final half hour of cat-and-mouse games a huge letdown.’
    • ‘The film gets better as it goes on, but it turns into a rather conventional romantic comedy, and you can see the romantic pairing from miles away.’
    • ‘This is a fantastic romantic comedy, exploring the serious side to a young relationship.’
    • ‘It is truly the only romantic comedy that involves relationships of all types, not just conventional ones.’
    • ‘At any rate, I will eagerly anticipate the DVD release of this picture, because it's one of the most edgy romantic comedies I have seen in a long time, and one of three from that genre on this Top 10 list.’
    • ‘Sweet Home Alabama is the best romantic comedy of the year!’
    • ‘Don't worry; it makes for a funny, surprisingly tender and classy romantic comedy.’
    1. 1.1mass noun Romantic comedies as a genre of film or theatre.
      ‘romantic comedy is about the kind of love that turns everything upside down’
      • ‘Romantic comedy can come encased in a mystery intrigue.’
      • ‘Romantic comedy is a genre mainly comprised of sappy, syrupy fare with few risks and fewer surprises.’
      • ‘The producers know how to subvert the romantic-comedy genre to suit their needs, taking wry digs at the anxieties and expectations of both sexes.’
      • ‘This film is romantic comedy at its sharpest and most sophisticated!’
      • ‘Romantic comedy is devotedly urban.’
      • ‘As usual in romantic comedy, wealth and status exist to be bestowed.’
      • ‘Had the movie originally been treated as a studio comedy, I suspect a reptilian producer would've demanded that the cultural jokes either be more offensive or fit into a romantic comedy mold.’
      • ‘Even with too many cooks spoiling the broth, this film still manages to avoid most of the pitfalls of hackneyed romantic comedy thanks to its direction and the strength of its cast.’
      • ‘These savage comedies invite a different kind of laughter from romantic comedy.’
      • ‘In multiplying these clashes between two stereotypical characters, this film understands the logic of romantic comedy better than the last Australian attempt at the genre.’
      • ‘The 1990s brought back the genre of the light romantic comedy movies.’
      • ‘The romantic comedy rule book forbids them from expressing their feelings until the final scene, and so we endure them bantering like banshees while they figure out what everyone else already knows.’
      • ‘The plot is set in motion by a classic romantic comedy device.’
      • ‘The conventions of romantic comedy are parodied through the 'romance' between these two characters.’