movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Thu Apr 21 2016, 10:30pm | 4 comments
It’s great to see this cliché quantified in a visually graphic format, highlighting how insidious it has become, perpetuated at the screen writing level.
I liked Pacific Rim for subverting this trashy trope. The lead guy and the female co-lead don’t get together by the end, and they BOTH save the day because they need each-other to win. If the relationship dynamics are just slightly different it negates most of the issues. A good example that comes to mind is Rey and Finn; they each have their own strengths and weaknesses and the film gives them both time to shine. The manic pixie warrior is just bad writing.
This is what you get by pandering to the focus groups, I guess: ordinary schlub heroes, women who are perfect in every way, but stories in which the former still has to rescue the latter.
The trailer for Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates looks dangerously subversive through this lens: the women are allowed to be just as self-interested and incompetent as the men! (It’s still a grossout comedy, though.)
I’ll pass. It looks like one of those films where the actors laugh at the jokes onscreen and then pause awkwardly like they’re doing stand-up or something.
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