Today’s topic was suggested by my wife (hello, honey!). For the longer story as to how this topic came up, see the epilogue at the end of the article.
For now, I’ll focus on what she suggested I research: Are romantic comedies shorter (and do they receive poorer reviews) than non-comedic romance movies?
I built a dataset of all movies which grossed at least $1 in US cinemas between 1980 and 2017 (13,159 movies) to try to discover the answer.How romance compares to other genres
Let’s start by having a look at how the romance genre compares to other genres. For each movie I gathered three pieces of information (where available):
- Length, measured in minutes, from IMDb.
- Metascore, which is the average score of all major critics, out of 100.
- IMDb user …