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Is 'Friends With Benefits' a 'Judeo-Christian' Romantic Comedy?

Romantic comedies have a lot of Jewish history — Woody Allen practically invented the modern version of the genre with ”Annie Hall.” But is there a distinction between Jewish and Christian rom coms, and is there such a thing as a “Judeo-Christian” combination?

There is according to David Newman and Keith Merryman, writers of “Friends With Benefits,” which comes out in theaters July 22. In an interview today with New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, Newman posited that Christian romantic comedies involve external barriers to love, whereas in Jewish rom coms the barriers are internal.

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Is 'Friends With Benefits' a 'Judeo-Christian' Romantic Comedy?

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