Mourning The Rom-Com

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If you were born in the late 90s to early 2000s, your teen angst was probably inspired by the Regina George, Kat Stradford and Cher Horowitz’s of the cinematic universe. From fashion, girl drama and happy endings we all can agree on the superior nature of romantic comedies from this era.

These movies that once brought us tears of both laughter and second-hand heartbreak are now but a childhood memory — now, all we have is whatever cringey imposter Netflix serves us next. To put it simply, this movie genre is no longer executed at the high standards of films like “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” and “She’s The Man” (which — by the way, both are a must-watch!) Since these romantic comedies are now from a dead genre, mourning is appropriate. Let’s look back at some of VALLEY’s favorite rom-com characters and where they are now! 

Elaine Hendrix: Meredith Blake, “The Parent Trap”

Being young and beautiful isn’t a crime you know

says Meredith Blake

While this material girl may have made your blood boil back in ‘98, you may be wondering where she is now. The majority of her success was around the time of the classic remake “The Parent Trap,” but she can also be seen on the popular show “Dynasty” with Nickelodeon alumni Elizabeth Gillies. Unlike her high-strung and high maintenance character Meredith Blake, Elaine is now a self-proclaimed animal activist. 

Larisa Oleynik: Bianca Stratford, “10 Things I Hate About You”

Yup, see there’s a difference between like and love. Because I like my sketchers but I love my Prada backpack

says Bianca Stratford

While many 90s teen idols seemed to have burnt out, Oleynik has managed to hold on to her acting career even if none of her roles have been as iconic as the “annoyingly cool little sister” blueprint of Bianca Stratford. Her most recent film is “We Broke Up,” a new wave rom-com that grossed 15K at the box office.

Donald Faison: Murray Duvall, “Clueless”

My street slang is an increasingly valid form of expression lm Most of the feminine pronouns do have mocking but necessarily misogynistic undertones.

says Murray Duvall

Hailing from possibly the most iconic rom-com is Donald Faison. While he and Dione’s relationship wasn’t the focus of the 90s hit, their love was possibly the more appropriate one to fawn over rather than the ex-step sibling duo of Cher and Josh. As the comedic relief of most of his projects, Faison went on to have a lot of success following “Clueless.” You may recognize him from his leading role in the NBC dramedy “Scrubs” or the classic sports film “Remember the Titans.”

What are you favorite rom-coms? Tweet us @VALLEYmag and let us know!



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