How ‘Rye Lane’ Perfectly Captures What’s Been Missing from Rom Coms for Decades: Unbridled Joy

Raine Allen-Miller crafts a lively modern-day Black British romance.

Robin A Henderson

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A man and woman walk in a hallway.
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Do you remember when you last experienced pure bliss?

You woke up full of joy, brimming with uncontrollable optimism.

As you stepped out the door and prepared for the day ahead, you looked up at the electric blue sky and, at that moment, all your sorrows disappeared.

What follows is a perfect blissful day, as you’d see in a romantic comedy.

The barista was ready with your favorite coffee when you arrived.

Your commute was surprisingly fast, and you didn’t encounter any useless interruptions the entire day.

You’ve stepped into the joyous zone, and your life will never be the same.

Get ready to be blown away by Rye Lane, Raine Allen-Miller’s uplifting love story that brings boundless bliss to life on screen.

As a fan of romantic comedies, there hasn’t been much to get excited about.

Despite the genre’s potential for a comeback, there’s no denying the recent string of lackluster entries.

Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel’s Shotgun Wedding, where an engaged couple falls victim to inept pirates during their budget destination wedding, is a predictable, formulaic disaster.

In Meet Cute, Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson bring the magic, plus some time-traveling hi-jinks, as they attempt to recreate their first date, but the lean story fizzles out fast.

Fire Island and Bros give the genre a long-overdue LGBTQ+ makeover. Unfortunately, it did nothing to disrupt the basic rom-com DNA.

But just as these crowd-pleasing films were about to settle off unceremoniously into the sunset, Rye Lane revived an almost dead genre with an overdue shot of adrenaline.

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Robin A Henderson

I write about inclusive storytelling in Hollywood and diverse representation in wellness.