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film criticism by maryann johanson | since 1997

Turbo trailer: dude snail racing

Maybe the most fun part of this is that while DreamWorks has no problem figuring that audiences will be able to identify with a small garden snail who dreams of being a race car, DreamWorks imagines it would be a step too far for us if the garden snail who dreams of being a car were female.

Or that any of the ordinary garden snails scooped up by humans for their own amusement might be female.

Hollywood simply cannot conceive of characters who are female unless they have to be stereotypically female, like “sexy” or “mom.” Once you notice this shocking lack of vision, you can’t unsee it.

US/Canada release date: Jul 17 2013 | UK release date: Oct 18 2013
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