‘Four Weddings And A Funeral

Can Stories Avoid Class Issues?

I hate rom-coms. I remember being forced to sit through ‘Pretty Woman’ and hating it, mainly because I brought the baggage of British class consciousness to the film, which then becomes about a middle-class man exploiting a working class prostitute. This clearly wasn’t the intention of the makers, who were simply modernising Cinderella, but unfortunately […]

Why Men Hate Rom-Coms

Once there was something called the battle of the sexes. On the screen this took the form of comedies featuring smart, strong, sassy women like Katherine Hepburn and Jean Harlow. The men were Cary Grant and Spencer Tracy, and what usually happened was that they fought themselves to a standstill and fell into each other’s […]