I don't really understand why people are drawn to this kind of entertainment. I've never felt the need to look to entertainment to fulfill my quota of sad things, because I get enough of it at work. Don't get me wrong; neonatology is generally a happy specialty, and I don't deal with death and destruction everyday, but I see it enough that I don't need to see much more of it on TV or at the movies. Maybe people in other jobs feel the need to experience this stuff vicariously in their free time.
I also recently saw "Movin' Out", the Broadway style musical based on the songs of Billy Joel. I was expecting a musical play, but after the first few songs I stopped wondering when the speaking parts would come and realized it was a song and dance revue, almost a modern ballet. The band was tremendous, and I still enjoyed it, although if they hadn't put a two paragraph synopsis of the story in the program I wouldn't have been able to figure it out, except that it had something to do with love and war. (That's what I want to do for a second career: write two paragraph stories for Broadway shows and get paid a ton of money for it.) In an unwitting commentary on American sensibilities, the producers had no qualms about having the dancers simulate sex acts on stage but thought it necessary to omit the verse in "Captain Jack" that contains the word "masturbate."
I'll keep trying to find the perfect entertainment. Has anyone seen any good romantic comedies lately?