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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

looks like ‘The New York Times’ A.O. Scott is a nasty feminazi

He really should get back in the kitchen, where he belongs, and make me a sandwich, and learn when to just shut the fuck up if he knows what’s good for him. Listen to this crap from his review of Eat Pray Love:

The double standard in Hollywood may be stronger than ever. Men are free to pursue all kinds of adventures, while women are expected to pursue men. In a typical big-studio romantic comedy the heroine’s professional ambition may not always be an insurmountable obstacle to matrimony, but her true fulfillment — not just her presumed happiness but also the completion of her identity — will come only at the altar.

I bet he doesn’t even have a girlfriend.

This paradigm is, of course, much older than the movies, but it can be refreshing, now and then, to see something different in the multiplex: a movie that takes seriously (or for that matter has fun with) a woman’s autonomy, her creativity, her desire for something other than a mate.

How dare he bring his feminist agenda to his film reviews.

(Thanks to bronxbee for the link.)



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  • char

    He better put pickles on that sandwich too! I bet his legs are really, really hairy!

  • Susan

    It was very refreshing to read that in his review. Maybe if enough critics take notice of it, Hollywood will in turn pay attention and then start making movies I actually want to go and see?

  • gensing

    Huh – this from the man who made “Hot Tub Time Machine” a New York Times Critic’s Pick when it came out… I’m afraid I can’t take Scott seriously, and if he’s getting all “you go, Sister” on us about EPL, I’m almost certain to find the film sophomoric at best.

  • Lisa

    I’m still not going to see this. It just smells of Rich Westerner goes East to find themselves and become more self-centered.

  • Jeff

    Maybe I’m missing something, but doesn’t she end up with a “mate” at the end? And isn’t she now married in real life again? I’m all for self-exploration, discovery and globe trotting no matter what the gender, don’t get me wrong. However, that is the way the film builds to (and her life is now). So are we supposed to celebrate the journey or the outcome? Mr. Scott just writes: “yes and no”.

    Gee thanks A.O.

    At first I was pleased to see Michael and A.O. take over the reigns at At The Movies (at least they aren’t both named Ben). But now I find myself constantly disagreeing with them. Their ringing endorsement and incoherent explanation of “Step-Up 3D” was the last straw. It’s not hard to see why the show was finally canceled.

    I miss Roger and Gene.

  • JoshDM

    Speaking of feminist issues, it’s been announced that mega pro-feminism pop culture icon Cathy, who has personified feminist ideals such as “ack”, “staying in the kitchen”, and “finding the right man” is being retired in October.

  • bats :[

    Lisa pretty much nailed the whole concept of this movie. Of course it doesn’t hurt to be just so pretty and precious like Julia Roberts to do the globe-trotting, too…

  • bronxbee

    i saw the movie the other night with maryann, and even though there is no doubt that there is privilege involved in being able to travel through italy (hardly an “eastern” country) and india and bali, the character doesn’t stay in the ritzy parts of rome or india… and the dollar goes a lot further in bali, and yes, she does look for something more in life, but i’m gonna go out on a big limb here and ask: just because you have some money, does that mean you’re *not* entitled to look for a deeper meaning in your life? or use your money? i believe the character does work for her money — and has no dependents. if i could do it, i would. (travel i mean).

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