Revise the good old classics and films that you love from your youth are pleasant - until you start analyzing them from a modern point of view. Sexism and other ethical issues are a reason to think about why we didn't notice this before. Here are eight popular films that look far from flawless in 2019.
TEXT: Dina Klyuchareva, author of the telegram channel One Oscar For Leo
Letter for you
You've Got Mail, 1998
Producer: Nora Efron
Nora Efron's touching melodrama with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, when viewed through modern optics, turns out to be a chilling story of persecution and manipulation. Kathleen, the heroine of Meg, contains a small book store Around the Corner, her mother's legacy, and a cozy place where buyers and sellers know each other by name. On the Internet, she anonymously meets a man and starts a correspondence affair with him. Heroes pour out their souls to each other and share the most intimate. One problem: she does not suspect that he is Joe Fox, a charming villain, her competitor and owner of a large chain of book supermarkets, the neighborhood with which is about to ruin her own store and leave her and her subordinates out of work.
When Joe discovers that Kathleen is his pen pal, he devises a cunning plan to win her heart - as well as take her out of the business. In addition to the fact that the film embellishes the way large corporations infringe on small entrepreneurs and romanticizes betrayal (both heroes have couples at the time of their acquaintance), it also normalizes stalking. For example, Joe appoints Kathleen a date as a pen pal, but appears to him as a real acquaintance and "saves" the heroine from the evening alone. Stalking is not romantic at all, but scary and very unpleasant.
Sixteen Candles, 1984
PRODUCER: John Hughes
To swing at the work of John Hughes is to swing at the sacred, but by 2019 most of his films were really out of date. The world-beloved teenage classic, Sixteen Candles, from the height of the 21st century, turns out to be a hopeless failure on several fronts, from racism to justifying violence.
The plot is built around the birthday of high school student Samantha. A lot of things upset her: she is unhappy with her appearance, Jake, a guy she likes, does not pay attention to her, her family forgot about her holiday because of her sister's wedding. Samantha goes to a party, where Jake will come, but cannot get rid of an extravagant guy from China, imposed by his relatives, who has come to visit America on an exchange. She goes through a hectic day, but in the end a romantic ending awaits her.
However, there is not much really romantic in the film. The Asian hero - a monstrous compilation of stereotypes - wears silk brocade clothes, and his every appearance on the screen is accompanied by the sound of a gong. That same sweetheart guy turns out to be a rare scoundrel: in the midst of a party he puts his drunk girlfriend, the school beauty queen, in the car with another and allows him to "have fun" with her. And he takes a photo while she is passed out, so that everyone will believe in his stormy night with the most popular girl in the school. It is difficult to think of anything more inappropriate in a romantic comedy than a scene of a person taking advantage of another's vulnerable position under the influence of alcohol.
American Beauty, 1999
PRODUCER: Sam Mendes
The Oscar-winning film, which was conceived as a sober view of life in the suburbs, today looks more like a typical representative of the genre of "middle-aged white male problems." Lester, the hero of Kevin Spacey, is experiencing an identity crisis: career growth has stopped long ago, his wife is cheating, his daughter is a sullen teenager, neighbors are strange.In a word, being an adult does not bring joy to a person at all. Instead of listening to his wife's wishes or trying to improve relations with his own child, Lester suddenly loses his head from his daughter's underage classmate and is charged with a thirst for life again. For which she pays.
Behind the leitmotif of the film - beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and even the ordinary can delight - for some reason, his actual indulgence to seducing a teenager by an adult man is completely lost. To get out of a midlife crisis, it is not at all necessary to give up your usual life and indulge in all seriousness - a couple of visits to a therapist is much more effective.
Diary of member
The Notebook, 2004
PRODUCER: Nick Cassavetes
A sentimental story about a second chance of love, which turns out to be a history of toxic manipulation from the inside out. A worker named Noah meets Ellie, a girl from a very wealthy family, at the fair, and they fall in love. Ellie's parents do not approve of this union - Noah is too poor and simple to admit him into their social circle - and Ellie is taken to another state. World War II begins, Noah goes to the front, and Ellie serves as a nurse in the hospital, where she meets her future husband Lon. A few years later, she sees a photo of Noah in the newspaper and comes to him - and their feelings flare up again.
Even though the film is considered one of the greatest love stories, its protagonist is far from the most pleasant type with a penchant for manipulation. He repeatedly ignores Ellie's refusal to dance or go out with him (although no always means no) and forcibly forces her to agree, threatening to kill herself if she refuses. Noah's love is like an obsession: for a whole year he continues to write to her every day, although he does not receive an answer. Many years later, he is still fixated on this love and buys the house she once dreamed of, waiting for the opportunity to see her again and play on her feelings again - which eventually happens.
All of this does not sound like romantic “grand gestures,” but a blatant example of emotional pressure. The conflicts between Noah and Ellie are pretty embellished - after each temperamental quarrel, the heroes kiss and hug. Direct quote from the film: "Despite their differences, they had one thing in common: they went crazy with each other." The inability to calmly listen to each other without bickering is not at all like what tender relationships grow out of to a ripe old age.
Moscow does not believe in tears
PRODUCER: Vladimir Menshov
An outstanding illustration of the inequality and questionable distribution of gender roles in the Soviet Union. Three dorm mates are trying to get a job in Moscow, and each of them has the main task - to get married. Katerina has no luck with her gentlemen: at first she is seduced by Rudolph from television, but upon learning about her pregnancy, she disappears from the horizon with the words "these are your women's affairs." In adulthood, she begins an affair with a married man who does not want to hear her objections when Katerina refuses to sleep with him in his wife's bed while she is on vacation.
The turning point turns out to be a meeting with the third and main man of her life - Zhora (aka Goga). An ordinary locksmith who either suffers from an inferiority complex, being next to a woman - the director of a plant, or parodies him - the lesser of evils. Yes, he is caring and economic in his own way, but in 2019, from statements like “do not praise a woman for washing her clothes or knows how to cook dinner” or “everything and always I will decide for myself - on the simple basis that I man”hair stands on end.
Men in "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears" are also not sweet - they are doomed to an eternal demonstration of "masculinity": to play the role of "breadwinner", carry heavy bags and participate in fights. But the latent perception of a woman as inferior if she does not have a man is characteristic of most popular Soviet films: be it the mensplaining festival “Irony of Fate,or Enjoy your steam! " or the monstrous lookism in "Office Romance", where the head of the enterprise has to go "from the hip" in order to get a man and become a "normal" woman.
PRODUCER: Randal Kleizer
A classic and disastrously sexist film about the love of two high school students. During the holidays, the studious girl Sandy meets Nice Guy Danny and has a nice summer romance with him. When the holidays are over and the school year begins, it is revealed that Sandy has transferred to Danny's school. That she is very happy, but he is not - it's hard to maintain the reputation of the main bad guy and heartbreaker with an angelic girlfriend-excellent student.
The problem is that Sandy really likes Danny, but since his friends do not approve of her, he tries to hide his sympathy and treats the girl in a completely impolite manner. Which is outrageous - after all, in the summer outside of his environment, he was not embarrassed by either Sandy's layered dresses or her modest behavior. The apogee of sexism sounds right in the legendary song “Summer Nights”, in which the heroes tell their friends about their summer romance, and they ask about the details: the girls want to know if it was love at first sight, and the guys “did she resist”.
By the end, Sandy is forced to completely reshape herself in order to please her lover - who for some reason does not think about basic respect for her. She transforms: she puts on deliberately sexy clothes, makes chemistry, dyes brightly in an unusual manner for herself, and even starts smoking. What does he do for his beloved Danny? Nothing.
007: Coordinates of Skyfall
(and all other James Bond films)
Producer: Sam Mendes
From more than twenty films about agent 007, you can collect a very long list of points how not to treat women. Perhaps the most egregious example comes from the relatively recent film in the Skyfall Coordinates franchise, where Daniel Craig seduces Severine (Berenice Marlowe) just minutes after she confesses to him that she is a victim of sex slavery … Moreover, when she dies, Bond emotionlessly calls it “the loss of good whiskey” (the glass with which was on her head at the time of her death).
Early films are also rife with dubious moments: Bond slaps women on the buttocks, simply because he can (From Russia with Love), in Goldfinger, such a spank is accompanied by his comment, “Come out, men need to talk,” and in The Man with the Golden Gun "Roger Moore informs the heroine that he" did not recognize her in her clothes. " Women in the Bond universe are one hundred percent consumable.
This is all she
She's All That, 1998
Producer: Robert Iskov
Another school variation on the eternal theme of Pygmalion and his Galatea. The film plunges into the jungle of sexism from the very beginning: a schoolgirl, Zach, is sewn off by a girl, he resentfully declares that she has nothing but makeup skills and a breast-enlarging bra (how cute), and he is able to turn any “ugly girl” at the prom. into the same popular beauty. Zach is confident in his success and promises to strip naked at the graduation ceremony if he fails. His friend chooses a candidate for a magical reincarnation - she turns out to be a quiet excellent student Laney, who does not like other people's attention. Getting to know her better, Zach realizes that he really likes her. But Laney finds out about the bet and throws Zach, however, contrary to common sense, by the end he still obeys his irrepressible charm.
The makeover consists of Zack exchanging her glasses for contact lenses, and denim overalls and oversized blouses for a red slip dress - and voila, the "dream girl" is ready. But why impose your opinion on a girl if you already like her? Laney is quite self-sufficient: she is comfortable in her clothes, she has versatile interests - she is engaged in ceramics, draws, plays in the theater.The moment passes completely unnoticed when Laney is harassed by one of Zach's friends, and she does not even think to fight him back - all her revenge is to blow hard on a sports buzzer near his ear.
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