Romantic Comedy is a 1983 American film starring Dudley Moore and Mary Steenburgen, directed by Arthur Hiller. The screenplay by Bernard Slade is based on his 1979 play of the same title.
Jason Carmichael is a popular New York City playwright in desperate need of a new writing partner who can provide him with inspiration. Phoebe Craddock is a small-town teacher who aspires to be a writer.
On the day Jason is marrying wealthy socialite Allison St. James, he meets Phoebe, stripping naked in front of her when he mistakes her for a masseusse.
The two embark on a professional partnership. Over the course of the next nine years, they produce a string of plays, some flops but mostly hits. They find themselves attracted to each other but manage to avoid becoming involved romantically except for a one-nighter out of town, which the aloof Jason fails to even acknowledge the next morning.
As time passes, Jason's marriage suffers as Allison runs for political office. He thinks she is about to...