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Pairings By Profession in Notable Romantic Comedy Films

Furniture Designer
Train Token Collector

Heiress
Carpenter/Miniature Golf Course Owner

Weatherman
Producer

Electronics Store Clerk
eBay Super-Seller

Mechanic
Mathematician

Rich/Unclear
Old Lady

Politician
Maid

Pediatrician
Wedding Planner

Astronomer
Photographer

Architect
Photographer

Cop
Baker

Accountant
Baker

IRS Auditor
Baker

Record Store Owner
Lawyer

Book Publicist
Lawyer

Executive
Lawyer

Executive
Hooker

Executive
Executive Assistant (Disguised as Executive)

Executive
19th Century British Duke

Composer
Concierge

Architect
Glassblower

Fashion Designer
Glassblower

Book Store Owner
Actor

Book Store Owner
Book Store Owner

Cartoonist
Cartoonist

Ice Skater
Ice Skater

Lawyer
Lawyer

Copywriter
Copywriter's Assistant

Book Editor
Book Editor's Assistant

Sports Agent
Sports Agent's Assistant

Chef
Sous Chef

Horticulturalist
Illegal Immigrant

Aspiring Filmmaker
Awful Guitar-Playing Deadbeat

Musician
Waterer of Houseplants

Novelist
Bird Exporter

Novelist
Waitress

Wedding Singer
Waitress

Schoolteacher
Waitress

Schoolteacher
French Thief

Schoolteacher
Damon Bradley Impersonator

Schoolteacher
Journalist

Pilot
Journalist

Unemployed Canadian Immigrant
Journalist

Advertising Executive
Journalist

Architect (male)
Journalist (female)

Architect (female)
Journalist (male)

Political Consultant
Journalist

Hardware Salesperson
Journalist

Fraudulent Psychiatrist/Radio Personality
Journalist

"Professional date doctor who coaches other men in the art of wooing women"
Journalist

Journalist
Journalist

Journalist
Journalist
Journalist

Architect
Baker

 

Julieanne Smolinski is a television writer. She can be complained at via twitter @boobsradley.

48 Comments / Post A Comment

anachronistique

Aspiring Filmmaker
Awful Guitar-Playing Deadbeat

Rent?

Fidget

@anachronistique Reality Bites.

Amphora

Schoolteacher
French Thief

GREEN CARD the only romantic comedy my grandmother owned on VHS.

realizedniche

@Amphora Greencard was Horticulturalist / Illegal Immigrant! She wanted the apartment for its plant-growing suitability.. then he pulled out all the "weeds" for her

Fidget

@Amphora I'm pretty sure that refers to French Kiss, and I can't even tell you how embarrassed I am that I know that.

Amphora

@realizedniche I thought that was Saving Grace!

@Fidget I'm confusing Gerard Depardieu's actual Frenchman with Kevin Kline's terrible Fronchman.

lora.bee

@Fidget "Oui, Baaahhhb."

Blushingflwr

it is disturbing how many of these I can identify

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

Fashion Designer
Glassblower

If this is 'Sweet Home Alabama' I'm confused because that dude didn't make the glass, the lightning did. And now, if you'll excuse me, I need to rethink my life's priorities now that I've put this much thought into this post.

Ophelia

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose To be fair, in his store, he also had a lot of other glass that he made, the lightning-glass was just part of - nevermind, I'm just going to stop now, and join you in reassessing my life.

City_Dater

@Ophelia

That movie is on television so often, I can chant whole scenes of it despite having only watched it all the way through from beginning to end once. It's the Earworm of Cinema.

supernintendochalmers

I spy Hitch!

And <3<3<3 for "Carpenter/Miniature Golf Course Owner." I will watch that movie to the end every time it's on TV.

kasa

@supernintendochalmers Sorry dude, this is TOTALLY Overboard.

Madeline Shoes

aghhhh Executive/19th Century Duke! Kate & Leopold was my favorite movie as a tween. It was like... my absolute romantic fantasy.

Possibly still my absolute romantic fantasy?

City_Dater

And for the rest of the day, I will snortlaugh over "Awful Guitar Playing Deadbeat."

(Was Janeane Garofalo's character covering all of the rent with that job at the Gap?!)

supernintendochalmers

@City_Dater I can't believe I didn't get that the first time. Ethan Hawke in that movie really is a romantic fantasy that expires around the same time you turn 23.

magnowlia

If "Rich/Unclear" and "Old Lady" isn't Harold and Maude, there is no justice on the hairpin. If, as I suspect, it is, then yes, all the shout outs to Old Lady, as she is my greatest role model in life.

steponitvelma

@magnowlia I was just coming down here to shout Harold and Maude!!! True justice would be Old Lady/ Former Political Activist, however.

Aeroplane

I know that "Chef/Sous Chef" isn't Ratatouille, but I really want it to be.

MattP

@Aeroplane No Reservations with CZJ & Aaron Eckhart?

Aeroplane

@MattP I've only seen the poster was afraid that was probably it. Holding out hope though.

Onymous

@Aeroplane Ugh.

Oh I'm a badass chef but you asked me for help, therefor I'm in love with you.
What did it never occur to her that there were dating options other than french chefs?

Margaux Weisman@facebook

is it horrible that i got 43 out of 53?

sam.i.am

I need an answer key.

Euphonica Jarre

@sam.i.am Seconded.

rocknrollunicorn

@sam.i.am I got like 10 on my own, looked up the professions of characters in movies to get another 10 or so (I had no idea what Harry or Sally did). Now I NEED HELP.

wordnerd

If you haven't read Mindy Kaling on romantic comedy types, you must: http://www.newyorker.com/humor/2011/10/03/111003sh_shouts_kaling.

Best part: The Gallery Worker character is the rare female movie archetype that has a male counterpart. Whenever you meet a handsome, charming, successful man in a romantic comedy, the heroine’s friend always says the same thing: “He’s really successful. He’s”—say it with me—“an architect!”

Lianne

@wordnerd Great Article! Thanks for the link :)

Ophelia

I kind of need to know what movie has a journalism 3-way?

sam.i.am

@Ophelia Broadcast News. I think.

City_Dater

@sam.i.am

If there's another one, I desperately want to know about it.

rosaline

Is Cop/Baker Bridesmaids? Does Bridesmaids count as a romantic comedy?

Aeroplane

@rosaline I think it is Bridesmaids. If 40-year-old Virgin and Knocked Up count, I think Bridesmaids does too.

mauritia

Executive
Executive Assistant (Disguised as Executive)

Working Girl!

Ophelia

Can we please add Applesauce Magnate/Veterinarian?

rocknrollunicorn

@Ophelia YES PLEASE

hucklecat

What is the Journalist / Unemployed Canadian Immigrant?

1928786311@twitter

@hucklecat Scarface (the original with Paul Muni)

MaximeHanes0

Im making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do, www.Best96.com

Tafadhali

I recognized like 30 of these and am now embarrassed.

But all I could think for "schoolteacher" and "journalist" was Gentlemen's Agreement, which I watched on Netflix yesterday but which...not so much a comedy.

Also the wikipedia page, not wholly unfairly, has this to say about the female lead in that film: "Kathy 'works' as a pre-school teacher."

YoungCrone

I only recognized 2 of these! (Is that a humblebrag?)

pinkerton

I created an account just to express my sadness that

Insurance Drudge
Elevator Operator

Did not make this otherwise delightful list.

rocknrollunicorn

So sad that

Painter/Rich kid
Bartender/Bar owner

did not make the list. Also,

Watermelon carrier/future world relief organizer
Dancer

Did not make it either

Tripleoxer

Also disappointed that marine biologist/unemployed amnesiac did not make the cut.

bitzyboozer

I find it pretty weird that musician/waterer of house plants was the only one I recognized right off the bat. Music and Lyrics is an experience that really stays with you, I guess.
EDIT: Nope, forgot that I also got Harold and Maude.

rocknrollunicorn

WAIT ONE MORE

Administrative Assistant (by way of lies)
Hot Dog Deliveryman

Possibly one of the best and least offensive-to-womankind romantic comedies ever.

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