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question of the day: Will women see ‘Watchmen’?

Kim Voynar, one of the smartest women writing about movies at the moment, wonders whether women will want to see Watchmen. Much of what she writes, in her extended musings on movie violence, context, and whether female moviegoers approach cinematic violence (and cinematic superheroes) on a different level than male moviegoers do, sounds very much like what I would say about myself:

I fall into the female demographic, but I’m probably not what a Hollywood studio exec would consider a typical female consumer. I loathe most rom-coms and “chick flicks,” both for the way in which they tend to generalize gender roles and objectify women, and for the overall banality of their scripts. It’s a rare thing to find a genuinely smart film targeted primarily at the female audience. I tend to favor art films by obscure foreign directors, or interesting documentaries, or little indie films at fests. I’m not a huge fan of horror, but I will see (and frequently enjoy) good horror films that have some element that sets them apart, even if they’re violent (Teeth, Shawn of the Dead, Dance of the Dead, The Descent, Let the Right One In, Grace and Make Out with Violence, for instance).

On the other hand, I think the ultra-violent, misanthropic premise on which films like Saw and Hostel are based is abhorrent. I avoided the remake of The Last House on the Left because the original ranks second in my Most Hated Films of all time list. I hated Funny Games, both the original and the remake, and I’m not a fan of Reservoir Dogs, though I like Quentin Tarantino generally. I’m not a scifi geek or fangirl and I don’t read a lot of comics or graphic novels, but even so, I’ve seen most of the superhero/geek and sci-fi flicks that have come out in the last decade or so. I’m not the most likely target demographic for Watchmen, but I’d be going to see it, even if I didn’t need to see it for my job.

I think anyone who’s been reading this site for a while can tell where I differ from Voynar. But the point is: we’re both women, we’re both avid moviegoers and devout movie lovers, and we’re both psyched for this movie.

I tend to think that quality is the key: The Dark Knight’s audience was pretty evenly split between men and women, and that may have flummoxed the industry, but it’s no surprise at all to me.

So, if you’re a woman, are you geeked for Watchmen? (If you’re a regular reader of this site, I’d guess the chances that you are are probably pretty high.) For everyone, what do the non-movie-geek women in your life say about wanting to see this movie?

Will women see ‘Watchmen’?

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me.)



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