Rom-Coms Were Corny and Retrograde. Why Do I Miss Them so Much?

They were the movies most interested in how ordinary people connect. And they’re essentially gone…. And yet here I am, in a state of panicked rumination: Who are we without these movies? Romantic comedy is the only genre committed to letting relatively ordinary people — no capes, no spaceships, no infinite sequels — figure out how to deal meaningfully with another human being.