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12 Romantic Comedy Cliches That Give Men False Hope

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List of romantic comedy cliches most notoriously aimed at making men think dating and marriage is one big laugh riot. Everyone loves to hate romantic comedies for their over-the-top moments and predictable storylines, which are so unlike real life.

What’s even more illusory about romantic comedies is that they give men false hope when it comes to attracting or keeping the opposite sex. Check out the cliches below and make sure not to make the mistake of believing them too easily because love and even hooking up, is rarely that simple.
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    If you’re hideous and she’s beautiful, you still have a chance to make her fall for your personality.

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    Sometimes when you’re at the mall, you’ll notice a pretty girl holding hands with an ugly dude, but don’t think all girls are sensitive enough to like you for your humor if you’re seriously lacking in physical attractiveness. Practically every Adam Sandler movie propagates this false notion (Just Go With It, Funny People, Bedtime Stories, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, etc.).

    Although the positive outcome of the lovable and chubby Kevin James’ obsession with celebrity Allegra Cole in Hitch is sweet, it’s also extremely unrealistic. Similarly, Seth Rogen’s character in Knocked Up is a total pothead loser who only ends up in bed with Katherine Heigl because she’s drunk. Remember, Heigl’s character is forced to look for Rogen’s positive traits when she gets pregnant.
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    If you’re really persistent, she’ll fall in love with you.

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    In Hitch, Will Smith is persistent to the point of restraining order, going so far as to preach about his feeling on his love interest's doorstep before jumping onto a moving car to stop her from leaving with another man.

    In How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Matthew McConaughey weaves his car in and out of New York traffic to profess his love for Kate Hudson, who's secretly trying to get rid of him. Under other circumstances it might be kind of creepy and stalkeresque, but hey, movies. 
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    All of her friends will NOT bang all of your friends

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    It seems like once the two protagonists of a romantic comedy start dating, their friends suddenly have no lives of their own and match up perfectly – alternative. All that'€™s left for them to do is tag along for comedic relief, like in What Happens in Vegas. The pranksters, Hater (Rob Corddry) and Tipper (Lake Bell) spend the movie insulting each other, but end up attracted. Don't assume that if one scores, all of your boys will.
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    Even if she looks like a nerd now, a makeover will transform her into a hot chick.

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    This classic cliche can be found in She’s All That, The Princess Diaries, The House Bunny, and Miss Congeniality. Rachael Leigh Cook in She’s All That is made "unattractive" by wearing glasses and putting her hair up into a ponytail. Sandra Bullock has a dorky laugh and tough attitude in Miss Congeniality. Anne Hathaway’s hair is frizzed up and she’s awkward and clumsy in The Princess Diaries.

    The truth is that all these actresses are beautiful to begin with – they still have pretty faces and nice bodies. Don’t be fooled into thinking that a two-hour makeover will do the trick on any nerdy chick of your choice.
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