This just in from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh: Romantic comedies give viewers unrealistic expectations about relationships. OMG! Does this mean there's no such thing as love at first sight? That Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise, pictured, with Renee Zellweger) was faking it when he said, "You complete me."? Next thing you know, some academic is going to tell us that superheroes give moviegoers unrealistic expectations about what the human body is capable of.
Forget the academics: For us, "Jerry Maguire" is a reliable spirit-lifter. Likewise "Hitch" with Will Smith and Eva Mendes. "Four Weddings and a Funeral" with Hugh Grant and Andie McDowell. "Music and Lyrics" with Grant and Drew Barrymore. "High Fidelity" with John Cusack and Iben Hjelje. "Say Anything" with John Cusack. "SOmething New" with Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker. "Tin Cup" with Kevin Costner and Rene Russo. "Bull Durham" with Costner and Susan Sarandon. And pretty much anything with Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck or Audrey Hepburn, but most especially "Bringing Up Baby," "The Lady Eve," and "Funny Face." Tell us which rom-coms work for you.