For some people, romantic comedies are quickly thrust under the rug as popcorn movies that serve little to no purpose in the artistic landscape that is cinema. Yet to others they are seen as perfect escapist cinema. Of course, the plot of these films can not simply revolve around the horny exploits of the handsome leading man and woman; they need to have friends, too. Friends who provide expositional dialogue, but beyond that really don't serve much a of purpose. Here are six of some of the most extraneous friends in romantic comedy history!
Marie, "When Harry Met Sally."
Every girl needs a shoulder to cry on or a friend who can offer her sound advice when in trouble. These women are normally nothing more than a troubled hag themselves, but Meg Ryan's Sally get's Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher. Fisher's Marie is happily married and provides the standard advice to Sally as she attempts to hook up with Harry, but ultimately, how much good advice can a single woman glean from a married hen?
Barry, "High Fidelity"
Stephen Frears "High Fidelity" is often forgotten about when it comes to mentioning classic Rom-Com's. Maybe it's because it was released when a host of other romantic comedy's were also around in the early 00s or maybe it's because Jack Black's cameo as John Cusack's work colleague completely steals the film. He waltzes in, offends all of the characters and then sings Marvin Gaye impeccably. Fair play to him, but it didn't do much for Cusack's love troubles.
Spike, "Notting Hill."
Rhys Ifans' stole the show as Hugh Grant's roommate in Richard Curtis's 1999 mammoth hit. The scene where he shows off his underwear hubris is a particular highlight, and it's probably the reason why has slept with a host of wonderfully attractive actresses when he himself is quite the scruffy devil. Other than that, he does very little except for sounding particularly cute with his Welsh accent.
David, "Four Weddings And A Funeral."
Richard Curtis has a knack for creating particularly needless characters and Hugh Grant's deaf brother in "Four Wedding And A Funeral" is the most prized example you will ever find. Other than showing that, yes, deaf people can be funny and charming he does very little. Kind of like the real Hugh Grant, Hugh's character is more or less useless!
George Downes, "My Best Friends Wedding."
Rupert Everett is so utterly magnificent as Julia Robert's best friend in the forgotten non-entity of a mid 90s cinema that he should probably do it professionally. Which is probably technically what he does, actually. After all, every diva needs a male lackey, and Rupert is perfect. Yet other than providing catty comments and looking wonderfully campy, he doesn't really get up to much else.
Poor Brittany Murphy. The recently deceased star will be remembered as a elegantly beautiful and relatable screen presence, with her role in this 1995 Alicia Silverstone vehicle being arguably her best performance. She adds humor and heart to the film, turning from the ugly ducking into the beautiful swan, but doesn't have much else to do as Cher commits borderline incest in the end.