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We don't have that many rituals that bind us together, but the Academy Awards sort of fill that role for some of us. We use movies to help us dream. And then we find out what the "best dreams" are.
Today, NPR's David Edelstein will lead us through the Academy Awards. And then he and I and Gina Barreca will ... kvetch about certain things.
We're going to discuss romantic comedies, here on Groundhog Day, the jumping off point for a RomCom that threads the tiny needle of honoring both male and female sensibilities. Maybe. Gina may disagree.
It's a male fantasy because Bill Murray gets to do stuff over and over until he gets it right. It's a female fantasy because ... it's a romantic comedy?
See this is where Gina probably starts yelling at me. But where did that kind of movie go? Where are the RomComs that are not strictly chick flicks or bromances?
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