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In a typical romantic comedy the two lovers tend to be young, likeable, and apparently meant for each other, yet they are kept apart by some complicating circumstance (e.g., class differences, parental interference; a previous girlfriend or boyfriend) until, surmounting all obstacles, they are finally reunited.

Sometimes they are hesitant to become romantically involved because they believe that they do not like each other, because one of them already has a partner, or because of social pressures.

However, the screenwriters leave clues that suggest that the characters are, in fact, attracted to each other and that they would be a good love match.

The protagonists often separate or seek time apart to sort out their feelings or deal with the external obstacles to their being together.

While the two protagonists are separated, one or both of them usually realizes that they are ideal for each other, or that they are in love with each other.

These films contain characters who possess qualities that diverge from the gender role that society has imposed upon them, as seen in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" in which the male protagonist is especially in touch with his emotions and "Made of Honor" in which the female bridesmaids are shown in a negative and somewhat masculine light in order to advance the likability of the male lead.

Other remakes of romantic comedies involve similar elements, but explore more adult themes such as marriage, responsibility, or even disability.

Then, after one of the two makes some spectacular effort (sometimes called the grand gesture) to find the other person and declare their love, or through an astonishing coincidental encounter, the two meet again.

Then, perhaps with some comic friction or awkwardness, they declare their love for each other and the film ends happily.

Often known as "bromance", such films usually use sexual elements which bring the two characters together.

Films in this genre include American Pie 2 and even Wedding Crashers.

The basic plot of a romantic comedy is that two characters meet, part ways due to an argument or other obstacle, then ultimately reunite.