With over 56 movies being released between mid-May and Labor Day, movie goers have a selection of films to fit anyone’s taste.
For the action lover there’s Fast and Furious 6, The Lone Ranger, and Pacific Rim. For the lover of Sci-Fi/Super Heroes: Star Trek Into the Darkness, Iron Man 3, and Superman, Man of Steel. For Zombie Lovers, World War Z and The World’s End; horror The Conjuring , comedy The Heat and Grown Ups 2; and for family friendly fans Monsters University and Despicable Me 2.
Finally, for you love birds there’s…uhm…not much.
For the first time in years, a romantic comedy or love stories won’t make much of a presence during the summer movie season.
Why? First, it’s because the viewer more choices than he or she knows what to do with.
Because of HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, On Demand, and Pay-per-view options, less and less people seem to want love stories at their local movie theater. Reality TV shows like The Bachelor, The Bachlorette, Millionaire Matchmaker, and others show the constant struggle of finding love (and I use that term loosely) and ending with a happily ever after or happily ever after for now.
Instead, many have opted to pay for high octaine, intense Computer Generated (CG) films where people can leap buildings in a single bound and robots can beat the crap put of aliens. These movies look far better on a huge screen than two people making out. More viewers are opting to see love and sex at home.
Second reason: money.
According to Adam Markovitz’s article in Entertainment Weekly: Death of a Hollywood Sex Scene (March 14, 2013), it’s actually cheaper to create a CG world than it is to pay actors to play characters that get it on. Sadly, now to have a sex scene in a movie is more costly than it is to pay a few people to sit in a room and come up with a completely fictitious world that’s inserted later.
Third, anything above a PG-13 rating can mean a huge loss of money for a studio. Markovitz states that movies like Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct wouldn’t even get close to a green light now not only because of the cost, but because they would instantly get an “R” rating and now that means a huge loss of revenue for a studio. Huffington’s Post’s Mike Hogan, Executive Director of Arts and Entertainment stated (in attached clip) that there hasn’t been an explicit sex scene in a movie since Titanic (1997).
This should prove to be interesting, especially with the release date of the movie 50 Shades of Grey (based on the best selling book by E.L. James), being announced this week. Next August 1, 2014, Anastasia and Christian will been seen on the big screen, but don’t expect a PG-13 rating for this movie. Don’t expect an R either. Kelly Marcel, the screenwriter, said they are going for “raunchy” and plan on getting an NC-17 rating.
So why is it that the romance, sex, and love aren’t making it to the big screen and yet the romance novel industry still sells more books annually than all others combined?
Maybe die hard lovers of romance will always know where they can find true love, sex, and great characters–in the pages of books.