Make More Rom-Coms About Late Bloomers

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The world is full of things that shouldn’t be, but are: The bumblebee’s teeny-tiny wings are somehow strong enough to lift their comparatively chunky bodies off the ground; every time I mail a letter, a part of me is afraid it won’t work; and Charlize Theron occasionally feels like a loser.

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This is what traditional rom-coms have led Theron to believe, and a sign that maybe rom-coms need to be shaken up a bit. “I struggle with that sometimes in romantic comedies,” Theron, who stars in Long Shot with Seth Rogen, recently told the Press Association (per the Independent):

“I feel like I’m the only loser who has never experienced the third act of most romantic comedies and it just makes me feel very bitter, and so I just wanted to feel like I could bring something to the table...”

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Theron—Furiosa from Mad Max!—feels like she’s somehow behind on life because she’s still “shockingly” single, as she put it the other day. Rom-coms are supposed to be formulaic (part of their charm, sure). But many types of love remain unexplored, including films about women who prioritized work and still want a cheesy happy ending later in life. In Long Shot, Theron plays a Secretary of State who’s running for president and hires a former journalist (played by Rogen) who she used to babysit as a kid. They start dating. It’s not any more realistic than other rom-coms, but Theron said she was satisfied with how the cast and crew handled their love story:

“I just wanted to make sure that we all agreed that we wanted to make a film that would have two characters that felt modern and felt at times conflicted and that we would focus on a relationship that felt real...”

I fully support the creation of messier rom-coms.

Senior Writer, Jezebel

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justanother85er
BoobPunchin'Tina

I keep sane by telling myself I’m just a late bloomer when it comes to a career. I grew up poor and was very aware from the age of 11 that I wanted out and did all the “right” things. It was a struggle. It still is a struggle. I make an ok wage but am woefully under-employed, have a high rent and huge debt. My friends are all from very middle class families with decent holds on their careers. It is incredibly difficult not to compare myself to them.

But....

I didn’t ride a two wheeler until I was 10.

Didn’t have my first boyfriend until I was 19.

Didn’t get my licence until I was 28.

Didn’t dye my hair a crazy colour until I was 29.

Didn’t get my eyebrow game perfected until I was 31.

Didn’t get my full on single swagger until I was 32 and a half. 

So fingers crossed!