For the most part it seems porn is for men and romance movies are for women. Is there an exception to the rule?
I would have narrowed the topic down to romance movies that appeal primarily to straight men but I doubt even that is necessary, as I’d be willing to bet a gay romance like Brokeback Mountain still had a larger female than male audience.
First, learn from the sorts of movies that appeal to men. Men like action movies, so give the protagonists interesting lives with interesting challenges. And if you want to make the audience laugh, make it witty and/or awesome, not awkward.
Second, lesbians. For example, Valerie’s story in V for Vendetta.
I think you are confusing two separate things: romantic (comedies) that appeal to men, and romantic comedies that appeal to more men than women.
I think there’s a bunch of romantic comedies that appeal to men, especially those that feature actors that actually can act rather than just be blonde. In particular, Something’s Gotta Give, As Good as it Gets, When Harry Met Sally, etc. Good dialogue, good acting, and an intelligent plot are universally appealing.
However, I really doubt we’re ever going to see a romantic comedy where male viewers outnumber female. I think logically, there’s three combinations of male/female that go to films:
No matter how good the romcom is, I don’t think it will ever attract #1, while movies in other genres attract all three. If 2 and 3 always go, and 1 never goes, then males will never outnumber females.
The movie that I always call a romcom for guys is Mallrats. The entire plot is around two guys who get dumped and try to win back their girlfriends. How they win them back is what makes it appeal to guys more then chicks.
Good example. I’d say Chasing Amy also, but I’m sure many viewers would find the “lesbian-falls-in-love-with-straight-guy” context to be chauvanistic or just ridiculous. There is a good bit in the film explaining that away, though.