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Tue, 26 Apr 2011

The SciFiRomCom.

In the last few weeks I've seen both The Adjustment Bureau and Limitless. And I've realised they are really both in a new (new to me, that is) category.

If you have the chance, they are both worth seeing. They are not particular spectacular and neither will really make you think. But what is this “new” category about?

Basically you have a Romantic Comedy but the trigger is Science Fiction.

For example; in the Adjustment Bureau, a man loses an election. He meets an amazing girl who lifts his spirits and inspires him. To not only give a great consilation speech but to not give up.

However, he never meets her again. Or he does but "outside forces" (the titular Adjustment Bureau) conspire to keep them apart. The remainder of the story is about him trying to overcome those obsticles.

In Limitless, a man reaches rock bottom when his girlfriend leaves him. Whilst bumbling around he gets a 'magic' pill that helps him get into a state of flow and solve problems.

Along the way, he arranges to do things that enhance his social proof; like learning (multiple) languages, earning lots of money, etc.

Whilst the remainder of the story is about him trying to overcome the obsticles that life with the pill throws up, a significant sub-plot is the relationship with the ex.; and how he tries to win her back.

Thus the SciFiRomCom, there are, no doubt many examples of this genre. But the earliest that I can recall seeing is Groundhog Day (which is a classic and MUST be seen). What other classic SciFiRomCom's are out there?

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