Generally Hollywood romantic comedies end with a kiss. One can usually know how the plot will be resolved just by looking at the opening credits. The fact of this happy ending is conventionally understood by critics to prove the conservative nature of the genre, a movement from stability through disruption to the reaffirmation of the status quo. This chapter discusses Hollywood romantic comedy films. It provides an overview of the study of this book, which explores the changing representation of the couple in classical Hollywood romantic comedy, between 1934 and 1965. There are, of course, some things that do not change in this period. The couple is always white, heterosexual and monogamous. In focusing on representations of such a couple, the chapter acknowledges the ways in which dominant ideology is reproduced. It also recognises the ruptures and contradictions in this ideology, focusing primarily on discourses around gender and sexuality.
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