Cat’s comment made me look at the ratings for the first time to see how far off base we were, and really, they’re remarkably consistent across the board.
The Pop Poll (that’s all of you) was much kinder to Ninotchka than we were and a little bit kinder to The Lady Eve and Born Yesterday, but the poll was tougher than we were on the other five movies. Even so, all the scores are really close. See for yourself (click on the image to make it larger):
I think the thing to remember is that the goal of this series to find out what makes a great romantic comedy, not what makes a great movie. So while you may love a movie (I still love Bringing Up Baby), if the romance doesn’t work or the structure is all over the place, we’re going to point that out, although I was surprised at how many 5pop structure ratings Lucy and I have given: 6 out of 8 for each of us. Comedy is tougher–4 out of 8–and then there’s romance where we’re sharks: 3 out of 8.
You all, on the other hand, have yet to give a movie a 5. Tough, tough audience.