Netflix’s Set It Up Puts the Romance Back in the Rom-Com

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Netflix’s Set It Up Puts the Romance Back in the Rom-Com

Illustration: Arati Gujar


ack in 2011, Mindy Kaling, the creator and star of The Mindy Project wrote about how romantic comedies were her favourite kind of movies. “I regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world operates according to different rules than my regular human world. For me, there is no difference between Ripley from Alien and any Katherine Heigl character. They are equally implausible. They’re all participating in a similar level of fakey razzle-dazzle, and I enjoy every second of it,” she wrote.

As an incurable fan of romantic comedies (who, like, Kaling is the Sandra Bullock of her life’s film), I related hard to her piece. Especially when she savagely broke down how rom-coms have always saddled women with the most unoriginal tropes – but most when she stressed how embarrassing it felt to admit that she enjoyed rom-coms. “Saying you like romantic comedies is essentially an admission of mild stupidity,” she said, referring to how fluffy the genre had become in the last 20 years, making it almost impossible to champion.