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# NiceGuy who always puts effort into all they do. Slightly (or mostly) {{adorkable}}; he's possibly a CluelessChickMagnet to several women he knows but NoGuyWantsToBeChased. "WhatDoesSheSeeInHim" everyone asks. Perhaps WeaknessTurnsHerOn. [[CuteClumsyGuy He might fall over a lot]].




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# NiceGuy who always puts effort into all they do. Slightly (or mostly) {{adorkable}}; he's possibly a CluelessChickMagnet to several women he knows but NoGuyWantsToBeChased. "WhatDoesSheSeeInHim" everyone asks. Perhaps WeaknessTurnsHerOn. [[CuteClumsyGuy [[CuteClumsyGirl He might fall over a lot]].





# NiceGuy who always puts effort into all they do. Slightly (or mostly) {{adorkable}}; he's possibly a CluelessChickMagnet to several women he knows but NoGuyWantsToBeChased. "WhatDoesSheSeeInHim" everyone asks. Perhaps WeaknessTurnsHerOn. He might fall over a lot.




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# NiceGuy who always puts effort into all they do. Slightly (or mostly) {{adorkable}}; he's possibly a CluelessChickMagnet to several women he knows but NoGuyWantsToBeChased. "WhatDoesSheSeeInHim" everyone asks. Perhaps WeaknessTurnsHerOn. [[CuteClumsyGuy He might fall over a lot.



lot]].





# Smug {{jerkass}} that needs to be taught a lesson. Possibly reaches a DespairEventHorizon about their previous actions and changes for the better.

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# Smug {{jerkass}} that needs to be taught a lesson. Possibly reaches Reaches a DespairEventHorizon about their previous actions and changes for the better.
# {{Workaholic}} that loathes the female's presence because she's getting in the way. More likely paired with the wildest in the list above. Might wear NerdGlasses and/or constantly seen in a suit.
# NiceGuy who always puts effort into all they do. Slightly (or mostly) {{adorkable}}; he's possibly a CluelessChickMagnet to several women he knows but NoGuyWantsToBeChased. "WhatDoesSheSeeInHim" everyone asks. Perhaps WeaknessTurnsHerOn. He might fall over a lot.








%%Common male characters

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%%Common Common male characters
# Smug {{jerkass}} that needs to be taught a lesson. Possibly reaches a DespairEventHorizon about their previous actions and changes for the better.


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# TheTease that [[TheGadfly enjoys]] making the shy male lead squirm in embarrassment. Probably uses innuendo like it's punctuation; more likely a MsFanservice that [[ShesGotLegs shows off her legs]] a lot, who is a MasterOfTheMixedMessage.

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# TheTease that [[TheGadfly enjoys]] making the shy male lead squirm in embarrassment. Probably uses innuendo [[UpToEleven like it's punctuation; punctuation]]; more likely a MsFanservice that [[ShesGotLegs shows off her legs]] a lot, who is a MasterOfTheMixedMessage.
MasterOfTheMixedMessage.

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%%!!Potential Cast
%%To make your screwball comedy work, you need to have the perfect (and typical, to an extent) set of characters. Commonly, the leading characters usually are the wild eccentric and the shy reserve; by the end, the wild eccentric learns self-control and the shy reserve learns to come out of their shell.

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%%To To make your screwball comedy work, you need to have the perfect (and typical, to an extent) set of characters. Commonly, the leading characters usually are the wild eccentric and the shy reserve; by the end, the wild eccentric learns self-control and the shy reserve learns to come out of their shell.
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'''The Two Leads'''
Common female characters: The female character types have a wide spectrum.
# The ones from the most famous comedies of old are {{cloudcuckoolander}}s and/or {{genki girl}}s. In the romantic types, they often drive the male character crazy until he reaches his BerserkButton. They might be very emotional, {{camp}} and theatrical; they are definitely very loud and could annoy others around them. It might be a "YoureCuteWhenYoureAngry" kind of annoying, or just plain annoying. Often, they show the male lead an [[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers exciting side to the world]] and [[UptightLovesWild wins him over]]. May have a WhatDoesHeSeeInHer reaction from the rest of the cast.
# {{Rich Bitch}}es that have to deal with {{hopeless suitor}}s that are too poor and/or wacky for her. Often an {{acceptable target|s}} for slapstick or being humiliated by the other characters because of this, and can be a bit [[AllWomenArePrudes prudish]], too (although, in the world of the classic period of Hollywood, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar allusions to this]] are common).
# TheTease that [[TheGadfly enjoys]] making the shy male lead squirm in embarrassment. Probably uses innuendo like it's punctuation; more likely a MsFanservice that [[ShesGotLegs shows off her legs]] a lot, who is a MasterOfTheMixedMessage.



With comedies like these, there will definitely be stunt actors needed for (probably) every character, depending on how far you want to go with the slapstick side of the genre. The use of slapstick often breaks haughty characters (one occasionally being one of the leading characters)] and makes them as equal as their likeable love interest.

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With comedies like these, there will definitely be stunt actors needed for (probably) every character, depending on how far you want to go with the slapstick side of the genre. The use of slapstick often breaks haughty characters (one occasionally being one of the leading characters)] characters) and makes them as equal as their likeable love interest.




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\n%%To make your screwball comedy work, you need to have the perfect (and typical, to an extent) set of characters. Commonly, the leading characters usually are the wild eccentric and the shy reserve; by the end, the wild eccentric learns self-control and the shy reserve learns to come out of their shell.



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!!'''Potential Motifs'''

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* A BodyguardCrush dynamic, or the FlorenceNightingaleEffect could work too.






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\n\n* Any entry in the RomanceArc page.



Commonly, screwball comedies have a plot device to make the two leading characters come together. This allows them to bond and then make a truce (especially if they don't like each other at first).
* Perhaps the characters experience a LockedInARoom situation. This allows the audience to focus on the two characters without supporting ones getting in the way. It can also allow a lot of situational comedy, {{deadpan snark|er}}s, and BreakTheHaughty moments, especially if one of them is a stuck-up so-and-so.
* The characters are forced to work together in a project, such as EggSitting. This can create a conflict between the two who have different ideologies over how to deal with the situation.
* A MistakenIdentity situation ends up being a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage (without the marriage part).





Consider basic slapstick like trips and pratfalls, but you can include the occasional giant stunt (e.g. falling from a building). Beware with major stunts because they can get tiresome if you overuse them.


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Consider basic slapstick like trips and pratfalls, but you can include the occasional giant stunt (e.g. falling from a building). Beware with Be careful when it comes to major stunts because they can get tiresome if you overuse them.

them. The RuleOfThree might be the best option, in this case.



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!!'''Costume Designer'''!!Costume Designer
* To make a period piece based on the films from old, you can base the costumes around the fashions of the 1930s and '40s.
* For a comedy based on class, there could possibly be extremes between the leads to show the contrast of their social lives. In a more obvious approach, the rich character dresses in expensive designer clothing and the poorer character would wear dirty, scruffy rags or clothes that are mismatched in colors and sizes.




With comedies like these, there will definitely be stunt actors needed for (probably) every character, depending on how far you want to go with the slapstick side of the genre.


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With comedies like these, there will definitely be stunt actors needed for (probably) every character, depending on how far you want to go with the slapstick side of the genre.

genre. The use of slapstick often breaks haughty characters (one occasionally being one of the leading characters)] and makes them as equal as their likeable love interest.

Consider basic slapstick like trips and pratfalls, but you can include the occasional giant stunt (e.g. falling from a building). Beware with major stunts because they can get tiresome if you overuse them.



* ''Film/YouvewGotMail'' (1998): Although considered a "classic" modern romcom, this movie uses the classist version of screwballs through two business rivals that ironically become closer through the anonymity of online dating. The woman owns an independent bookshop and the man is hoping to open a new one for his company's popular bookstore franchise. You can use the romantic side of the genre, but it doesn't have to be old-fashioned.

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* ''Film/YouvewGotMail'' ''Film/YouveGotMail'' (1998): Although considered a "classic" modern romcom, this movie uses the classist version of screwballs through two business rivals that ironically become closer through the anonymity of online dating. The woman owns an independent bookshop and the man is hoping to open a new one for his company's popular bookstore franchise. You can use the romantic side of the genre, but it doesn't have to be old-fashioned.






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\n\n* ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'': Even in Shakespeare's time, there were comedies that had screwball elements. The female lead dresses in drag when she goes to hide in the woods with her cousin. There, she reunites with her crush, who cannot see through her disguise, so he tries to make him fall in love with her through the man she's pretending to be.




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* ''Film/MyManGodfrey''

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* ''Film/MyManGodfrey''''Film/MyManGodfrey'' (1936): A homeless man during the years of The Great Depression is offered a job as butler to a wealthy family by one of the daughters. The daughter is a wild eccentric that has a crush on her new butler and tries everything she can to win him over. Hilariously, she's not the only woman in the house that has feelings for him because her smug sister, ''and'' the maid do too.





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\nOther comedies with screwball elements in them...
* ''Film/YouvewGotMail'' (1998): Although considered a "classic" modern romcom, this movie uses the classist version of screwballs through two business rivals that ironically become closer through the anonymity of online dating. The woman owns an independent bookshop and the man is hoping to open a new one for his company's popular bookstore franchise. You can use the romantic side of the genre, but it doesn't have to be old-fashioned.
* ''Film/TheThinMan'' (1934) and the rest of the series: A retired detective and his wealthy wife solve murder mysteries between partying and sips of alcohol.




* ''Film/MyManGodfrey''
* ''Film/TheLadyEve''



* ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory''
* ''Film/LibeledLady''






The 1980s' Music/{{Madonna}} film ''Who's That Girl''. It's often been described as a remake of ''Film/BringingUpBaby'', and even has the similarity of being one of the biggest box office flops of the year they were released. However, ''Bringing Up Baby'' managed to be saved through {{Vindicat|edByHistory}}ion, whereas ''Who's That Girl'' has not. A classic example of exaggerating the ManicPixieDreamGirl character to the most [[MostAnnoyingSound unlistenable]] and [[TheScrappy annoying levels]], as well as pairing her with an equally unlikable leading man and confusing scenarios in the narrative that throw it off guard. It's saying something when the audience and critics found the supporting characters more interesting and entertaining.

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The 1980s' 1987 Music/{{Madonna}} film ''Who's That Girl''. It's often been described as a remake of ''Film/BringingUpBaby'', and even has the similarity of being one of the biggest box office flops of the year they were released. However, ''Bringing Up Baby'' managed to be saved through {{Vindicat|edByHistory}}ion, whereas ''Who's That Girl'' has not. A classic example of exaggerating the ManicPixieDreamGirl character to the most [[MostAnnoyingSound unlistenable]] and [[TheScrappy annoying levels]], as well as pairing her with an equally unlikable leading man and confusing scenarios in the narrative that throw it off guard. It's saying something when the audience and critics found the supporting characters more interesting and entertaining.entertaining.
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!!'''Stunt Department'''!!Stunt Department
With comedies like these, there will definitely be stunt actors needed for (probably) every character, depending on how far you want to go with the slapstick side of the genre.






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\n* ''Film/BringingUpBaby'' (1938): In SmallReferencePools, this is often the screwball comedy that many people know when it comes to understanding the genre. In this movie, the two leads bond over trying to transport a leopard across town, despite the leading male character preparing to marry another woman. When the animal goes missing, the situation plays into the leading woman's HoneyTrap plan to try and make the male character love her instead of his fiancee.

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