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06/22/2013 10:14 am ET

Why The Rom-Com Is Almost Extinct

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The romantic comedy is back.

It took only 400 years.

“Much Ado About Nothing,” Joss Whedon’s larky adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play that opens Friday, transposes the action from 17th-century Sicily to modern-day Santa Monica, where in Whedon’s sprightly re-imagining, the verbally sparring Beatrice and Benedick fall in love in the director’s own modern mission-style home, amid shots of tequila, beeping iPhones and scads of political intrigue.

But Shakespeare’s play — with its deceptions, schemes, setbacks and ultimate victory of true love — also serves as a sobering reminder of how romantically impoverished mainstream American cinema has become.

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