Check out Roissy/Heartist’s analysis of the scene Glenn Stanton can’t get enough of* (youtube clip included).
Mr. Stanton tells us in his book Secure Daughters, Confident Sons: How Parents Guide Their Children into Authentic Masculinity and Femininity that he and his wife make it a point to watch this movie once a year. Stanton references the same scene Heartiste explains from a game perspective. To Stanton it is a teachable moment explaining how an unwed mother can make a man better:
She is a confident and attractive young single mother, Carol Connelly, (Helen Hunt). Even as they grow closer, he is helpless to keep from insulting her regularly.
In one scene, they find themselves out for a nice evening at a fancy restaurant. When Melvin criticizes Carol’s dress, she tells him he has no idea how much his words hurt her and that he’d better come up with a compliment pretty quick. She even reminds him that a compliment is something nice that one person says to another.
Heartiste of course has a different perspective on what is going on in the scene.
*Note that the post itself is pretty tame but you are on your own if you click on any other links or read the comments.