Moonstruck: Perfect Romantic Comedy/Screenplay, Male Lead & Dialouge


Moonstruck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Annotation of Billy Mernit’s

Writing the Romantic Comedy

[On Romance, the Perfect Male Lead and Importance of Dialogue]

…For instance, just as Moonstruck would not be Moonstruck without the big luminous moon shimmering in the backdrop, neither would it be Moonstruck without the following speech so eloquently delivered by a love struck Ronnie. It serves to characterize Ronnie’s sense of humor and irony, sensitivity, insight, masculinity, self-awareness, strength and vulnerability. His words place him right in Cary Grant’s shoes, as the perfect, yet imperfect, quintessential male lead role in a romantic comedy. Ronnie’s raw poetic speech to Loretta in Moonstruck (my oft-quoted and favorite piece of dialogue from my absolute favorite and most loved romantic comedy of all time!) is as perfect as it gets in explaining the sweet imperfection, the beautiful fear, wondrous heartbreak, the thrilling uncertainty and the primal lightning bolt passion which at once hurls our hearts straight through hell and Elysium:

“Love don’t make things nice. It ruins everything, it breaks your heart. It makes things a mess! We’re not here to make things perfect. Snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us, not us! We are here to ruin our-selves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and die! The story books are bullshit. Now go upstairs and get into my bed (Moonstruck, 93)!”

{Excerpt from UI&U Presentation on Romantic Screenplays}

By Sharon Lynn Van Meter

Copyright 2009


About sharonsharinginsights

Namaste'! I write poetry, stories, essays, reviews, editorials, screenplays, get the idea! I love to write. I graduated from UI&U in Vermont, U.S. with BA in Writing and Literature with a concentration in Women's Studies. I was chosen and interviewed as local artist for my writing on local online college magazine HOWL (circa 2003). My writings have been published in several genres and I have won numerous awards for my poetry. I am desirous of having my own collection of poetry and/or other writings published in my OWN book. I am passionate about women's issues, romance, love and a great number of benevolent causes. I am pretty passionate about almost anything that is NOT mundane or boring. I write from my soul (cliche' I know). Most of my work has been published and/or copyrighted (all either or both). My goal, again, is to publish a book of poetry, short stories, a novel, novellas, another song (collaborating with someone who writes music...hello, out there?)....OK more later, and thank you for checking me out! Sharon View all posts by sharonsharinginsights

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