Direct a Rom-Com and We'll Guess Your Relationship Status

By: Zoe Samuel

Direct a Rom-Com and We'll Guess Your Relationship Status
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About This Quiz

Romantic comedies have been around as long as the medium of film. They combine two of our favorite things: love and laughter. While they may seem formulaic, that is part of the fun! Romantic comedies are meant to be reassuring, since things always work out in the end, one way or the other. All stories, romantic comedy or otherwise, work essentially the same way.

Whether you use three-act structure, Campbellian structure, or the eight-sequence model, stories always begin with a hero who is invited to go on a journey, says no, is thrown into said journey sort of against their will, faces a series of challenges that prepare them for their final confrontation—where they lose everything (metaphorically or literally)—but recover by the grace earned along their journey and come back to carry the day. The difference with rom-coms is that they put a funny, sexy spin on this journey, rather than the very traditional themes of adventure films and the like.

What if you got to make your very own romantic comedy? How would it feel? And most importantly, what would it say about you? This is your opportunity to stretch your wings and see if we can determine your relationship status by your take on the romantic-comedy genre!

Set the establishing shot. In what country do you set this rom-com?
Spain
Canada
The USA
France

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What kind of locale should serve as the immediate geography of the rom-com?
A beach resort
A major, if bland, city
Suburbia
An instantly recognizable global city

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Let's get to the hero. How flawed is your hero?
Somewhat flawed
A little flawed
Not very flawed at all
Very flawed

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What does your hero think about love?
It may be an illusion.
It's out there somewhere.
It's wonderful and the best thing in life.
It's a lie.

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Does your hero want to be in a relationship?
Not right now
Maybe if they meet the right person
Absolutely not
Absolutely

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What does your hero value the most?
Certainty
Freedom
Independence
Their career

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Does your hero start out in a relationship or in love with someone?
Yes, but not a "real" relationship
Yes, with several people
No, not at all
Yes, but not a good one

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Assuming your hero is in some kind of relationship or in love at the start of the story, is that person right for them?
Probably not
Yes
No
Not the way they are now

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Is the hero played by the "funny" actor or the "straight" actor?
Probably the "straight" actor, so you can cast a beautiful actor who isn't funny
I'm leaning toward the funny one.
Definitely the funny one
Definitely the "straight" actor, so the sidekick can be funny

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What does the hero do for a living?
Media strategist
Entrepreneur
The own a horse stable.
They're a top athlete.

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What does the red-herring love interest do for a living?
Banking
Stocks
Failed musician
Chef

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How good looking is the red-herring love interest?
Okay-looking
Pleasant-looking
Super sexy
Totally unattractive

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What does the real love interest see in the hero?
Their ability to commit to love
Their keen moral choices
Their fun side
The purity of their love

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What does the red-herring love interest see in the hero?
An object
A port in a storm
A status symbol
A meal ticket

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How good-looking is the real love interest?
Really sexy
Realistically good-looking
Nothing unusual
Quirky good-looking

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What is the sidekick's name?
Shmaz
Benny
Sharona
Jennifer

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What does the sidekick do for a living?
Nothing discernible
Hairdresser
Photographer
Agent

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What mean dig does the hero's romantic rival make at work?
They shred a project the hero was working on.
They spread lies about the hero.
They confront the hero about their clothes in a meeting, in front of the boss.
They get the hero fired while the hero is on vacation.

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How many of the hero's friends think the hero will be single forever?
None of them
Half of them
All of them
Most of them

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What do the hero's parents do to interfere in their life?
Constantly try to break them up
Constantly introduce them to people to date
Constantly ask about kids
Nothing

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What terrible obstacle gets in the way of the hero and their love interest getting together?
Moving for a job
Working for competing companies
Losing a visa
Someones is getting married

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From what metaphysical thing does the hero draw their strength?
An heirloom
A favorite artist's work
The city
An old poem

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What does the hero have to give up in order to accept that they love who they love?
Their friends
Their job
Their reputation
Their pride

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What grand gesture does the hero make to get back their loved one?
They race across the city to give a sentimental gift.
The painstakingly repair the unfixable thing.
They burn their whole career to the ground to do the right thing.
They win an unwinnable competition the love interest said they should win on the love interest's behalf.

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How does the hero's romantic effort pay off?
They get together with their love interest, immediately.
Their love interest finds out much later and comes to the hero when the hero doesn't expect it.
The hero nearly marries the safe but wrong person, only to find their love standing at the altar.
The love interest never finds out, but the hero knows they have done the loving thing, and they move on with life.

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At the end of the story, what happens to the red-herring love interest?
They get fired.
They find someone else.
They become an ally.
They turn into the hero's new sidekick.

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How much of the cast gets paired off at the end of the movie?
All of them!
None of them
Half of them
Just the sidekick

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Does the hero's professional rival become an ally to the hero in the end?
Yes, a very staunch one
No, but they call it even.
Yes, and they help the hero across the finish line.
Yes, and they become the hero's boss.

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Other than the obvious, how does the hero's life change, in the epilogue?
They finally take that trip they had always wanted to go on, as their honeymoon!
They finally stop closing themselves off to the possibilities all around them.
They find the strength to finally stand up to the people who push them around.
Instead of having it all but love, they have only love.

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How many sequels does this rom-com get?
2
1
3+
0

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