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Meet-cute’s often lead to a clash of the characters’ personalities, in prototypically humorous ways. How often have you seen a romantic comedy where the two lovers absolutely despise each other right off the bat? Only to get thrown-together and later fall in love (before breaking up at the second turning-point, of course). What, pretty much every single one ever made?

But, the meet-cute isn’t reserved just for romantic-comedies! You can employ the same type of scene in pretty much any screenplay. And, it doesn’t have to be future-lovers meeting either. You can have two friends meeting-cute as well. Anyone that meets can meet-cute.

As I’ve mentioned before, you want all your scenes to be cinematic. You want to treat every scene, no matter how small, as a short film. You want every scene to be interesting and engaging for the viewer. So, meeting-cute is really just an extension of this.

You can have your characters just meet - but that’s nowhere near as interesting as if they meet-cute (or meet-violently or meet-rudely or meet-unwillingly). There’s far more drama in those other types of meetings. So, if you are just writing a plain old meeting - try to make it interesting somehow? Can you make it cute? Can you make it funny? Scary? Thrilling? Exciting? Sexy? Whatever. Try to make all your scenes more than just plain, make them watchable.

‘Meet-Cute’ is an old Hollywood term meaning that the protagonist and the love-interest meet in a really cute way. It’s a scene where you introduce your love-story in a really fun and audience-friendly manner. Just like it sounds.

Almost every romantic comedy has the soon-to-be lovers introduced in this way. It gives you a

Of course, your meet-cute doesn’t have to be heterosexual anymore! Hedwig and the Angry Inch, for instance, has a rather charming gay meet-cute between an East German teen and an American soldier sporting gummy-bears:

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Instead of just having your characters bump into each other in the hallway - maybe one’s carrying something dangerous he wants to hide, then spends the entire meeting trying to keep his body between the girl and the item, awkwardly. Maybe he mistakes her for someone else and says something unbelievably stupid (before realizing his mistake). Maybe he does something that would be really embarrassing if taken out of context - and she shows up right then.

In Titanic, they have one of the more dramatic meet-cutes: Leonardo DiCaprio first finds Kate Winslett’s character climbing over the edge of the ship - and about to commit suicide! Using humour and charm, he’s able to talk her down.

In When Harry Met Sally (1989), the main-characters meet by sharing a cross-country drive - where they get on each other’s nerves the entire way. It’s absolutely adorable:

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