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film criticism by maryann johanson | since 1997

because there’s nary a dentist to be found in England…

Tom Charity, in his review of Valentine’s Day at CNN.com, makes the comparison that everyone is making: it’s an American version of Love Actually. It’s a totally fair criticism, but the way he does it is stupid, lazy, and just plain unfactual:

The reality is forgettable, something like a Robert Altman movie without the calories, but loaded with sweetener. Or “Love Actually” with better dental work.

It’s funny, see, because the Britis have bad teeth. Of course they do. Everyone knows that. I mean, look at some of the stars of the film…
Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Martin Freeman:

Hugh Grant, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Colin Firth:

Keira Knightley, Thomas Sangster:

Ah, I see what Charity means now: He means that those hideous blindingly white horse veneers that so many American movie stars have are “better” that nice, normally white, even teeth.

You know, I’m not really annoyed that Charity chose to diss my friends the Brits. I’m annoyed that he chose such a careless, witless way to do it. And he’s supposed to be a professional writer?

(my review of Valentine’s Day)

This has been your WTF Thought for the Day.

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