Anatomy of a ManCom

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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In the past several years I’ve noticed an influx of what I am going to refer to as ManComs.  Like the male equivalent of RomComs.  Actually closer to the male equivalent of ChickFlicks, but the rhyming version of that for males is not appropriate for all audiences, so we shall stick with ManComs.

What makes a movie a ManCom you may ask?

  • The average-looking main character goes after a gorgeous co-star and actually gets her.  I believe Adam Sandler started this craze back in his Billy Madison days.  I love Adam Sandler, he’s charming and cute, but he’s no Johnny Depp.  Jason Segel is another prime example.  I’m a fan of How I Met Your Mother, he’s sweet, but seriously Jason?  Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher)?  Not likely.
  • A disgusting, fat friend.  This friend is not disgusting because he’s fat, he’s disgusting because he is always the barer of the crudest sexual jokes.  Prime example, Dan Fogler (Stu) in Good Luck Chuck.  Let’s just say there’s a scene with him and a large fruit that I’d rather forget.  I think this character is included to make the average-looking main character look even hotter/nicer/more normal.
  • Bodily function jokes run amuck.  Bathroom humor is a staple in these movies, so is awkward nakedness, highly embarrassing moments and masturbation.  American Pie is a classic example of all of these mashed into one.
  • A period of sleeping with random girls from bars.  Not every one of these movies has this, but it’s a recurring theme nonetheless.  See 40 Days and 40 Nights and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Side Note:  I don’t think 40 Days, 40 Nights is a true ManCom because Josh Hartnett is HOT [WHERE IS HE THESE DAYS??] and the feather scene with Shannyn Sossamon is a female fav.  Instead perhaps this movie built the bridge between RomComs and ManComs.).  Is this the way men deal with all emotional problems they wish to avoid?  The good thing is they usually show that that particular method is not successful in helping the main character feel better.

I do mock these movies, but we ladies know that RomComs have much to be mocked as well, despite how much we may love them in all their glorious cheesiness and predictability.  I actually enjoy these ManComs occasionally, they have their very funny moments and some endearing moments, but sometimes the gross humor is just a bit much for me.  I appreciate this new form of entertainment for men though.  At the very least they now have something to watch that isn’t violent or morbid.  I’d much rather see ManComs on a date versus a man who wants to drag me to see Saw.  Soon enough we’ll be seeing a ‘She’s Just Not That Into You.’

So Ladies and Gents, what do you think of ManComs?  Which are your favorites and which do you hate?


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