formulaic formulaic  /ˌfɔrmjə ˈleɪ ɪk/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) characterized by or in accordance with some formula

Usage(s):

  1. Bankable in Bollywood, she tired of formulaic fare and is one of the few marquee actresses willing to risk reputation to take adventurous roles in experimental films.
  2. Until last night, the show had become the single most formulaic television product since Jeopardy.
  3. A stroll through Tower's indie racks or the countless smaller music shops nearby reveals a diversity of music that contrasts tellingly with the mainstream's formulaic sameness.

News

  1. Review: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson back in 'The Internship'

    Ah here we go with another formulaic comedy. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are paired up again (see: “Wedding Crashers”) as the duo at the center of the action.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: KATU Portland

  2. The Best Bikini Beach Party Music Videos

    (VEVO) The beach party music video is about as formulaic as it gets, relying on the very reliable equation of hot girls plus bikinis equals attention. But there have been some additions to the bikini beach party canon since David Lee Roth set the bar with "California Girls." Check 'em. Nicki Minaj, "Starships" Nicki Minaj is more than your average beach party enthusiast in her video for ...
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Zimbio

  3. There's no Elvis in 'Graceland,' just standard cops

    'Graceland” — a new, trite and pretty awful scripted formulaic cop show — is supposedly based on a real-life story. But right out of the box it feels more like a reality show than real life. We’re talking a penthouse filled with good looking people and all! If you were hoping...
    on June 6, 2013     Source: New York Post

Quotes

  1. "These superhero movies are all formulaic stories at heart, and they're all really well known," says Chad Hartigan, an analyst for Exhibitor Relations, a box office tracking firm. "In most cases, there's only so much wiggle room. So it's not...
    on Jul 13, 2008 By: Chad Hartigan Source: MiamiHerald.com

  2. "There's nothing formulaic about the way Hans thinks about the score," film director Ron Howard said, adding that Zimmer's music always "suits the sound that the film calls for."
    on May 12, 2009 By: Ron Howard Source: United Press International

  3. "I am a great believer that art can transform situations that politics can't, and I feel that Obama is too," Weaver said. "I'm actually hoping the time of Obama will inspire Hollywood to do things that aren't quite as formulaic, to understand...
    on Jan 3, 2009 By: Sigourney Weaver Source: Chicago Tribune

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periphery periphery
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