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Films which just annoy you(105 Posts)
James Bond - just his casual sexism and his treatment of women.
I'm watching Ice Cold in Alex. The first female became "hysterical" and got shot.
The second female is all sympathetic. But she "couldn't understand wha they were doing" and now she lets out the clutch and the truck goes down the hill. She bursts into tears.
Cheers - Sam being so charming around women and most of them falling for it. Just hits on every women in the bar.
Drives me mad.
I can't remember the name of the film, Channing Tatum is in it. His wife is in a car crash and has amnesia, doesn't remember anything including why she hasn't spoken to her parents for years. She finds out her dad had an affair and she didn't speak to her mum because it was all her fault for some readon.
Up till then its a fairly typical romcom, but I'm thinking wtf?
The thing that bothered me most about Dirty Dancing was its effect on Jennifer Grey. She was affected by people saying she had a big nose and wasn't get enough for Swayze's character she got plastic surgery and now looks like a completely different person. It pretty much killed her career too.
I think Disney is trying to raise its game - Brave, Lilo & Stitch and Frozen are all films I'd watch with my nieces.
(I remember some random guy on DigitalSpy getting in a froth that Brave starred a positive female protagonist "I won't be taking my sons to see THAT!!")
That film with Meryl Streep. Can't reember the male lead. One of the Baldwins?? Where they split up because of his behaviour and get back together. Him being totoally smug allthe way through. UUuuurgh!
Pretty Woman also.
Though I did laugh at What women want i still felt uneasy at times.
I also hated dirty dancing. I just hated the character Baby. How could someone look that old be called baby??!!! Did not enjoy the film at all.
I watched the lego movie yesterday and was heartened when the female character came on kicking ass. However, when she then changed into her bodice and skirt combo and the lead character zoned out while she was talking because he fancied her, I felt a bit let down.
In fairness, if they'd made the mum the bad guy, being all about work & seriousness, it would have sparked a whole other debate about working mums, so thankfully that wasn't the case.
But I agree a few more female lego figures wouldn't have gone amiss. Wonder Woman is fab (as my name suggests!) but there weren't many others, were there.
I watched Frankie and Johnny the other night after reading this thread. I'd remembered it as a love story but seeing it now it was awful, cringey, pervy, stalkery behaviour!
I don't get to the cinema much but saw the Lego Movie last week. Which was great in many ways, really funny and I really enjoyed it. Until I realised the practically total absence of female characters in a film where there's no reason not to have female characters (historical films, military movies - makes sense to have them mainly male. Lego characters assembling Lego - WHY???)
It only scrapes through the Bechdel test if you assume the Unikitty unicorn/cat creature is female. Why couldn't the kid or the parent be female? Or the astronaut or someone?
Friends is just shit in every possible way. My housemates wouldn't let me in the room when it was on as I'd start shouting KILL! KILL! at the telly...
I know everyone seemed to love this film , but "mamma Mia " was horrendous to watch
All those silly women dancing around in dungarees and the story line was so weak ....
My mum watched it at the cinema three times
So I thought it must be good as we usually like similar things.... Never been in a cinema where I just wanted to leave before ..
I was yelling at TV when watching the last episodes of Friends. So Rachel's boss does not appreciate her and fires her without any hesitation, only gives her the job back because Ross bribes him. Rachel, who is really excited about the career move and going to Paris gives that all up for a guy with whom they had a massively dysfunctional relationship that will probably break up again in the next 2 weeks. And that's an happy ending?
I've recently realised, after watching re-runs of Friends, how many casual references they make to porn and strippers. Both seem to be a completely normal part of life. And a 'good wife' is one who buys her dh porn for valentines day
Frasier - There is a big running joke about how easy Ros is and how many men she has slept with but Frasier sleeps with someone new nearly every episode but we are supposed to feel sorry for him as he is just looking for love!
pretty much every film ever made
I found Friends With Kids awful.
A couple childless couple are the envy of their friends at the beginning of the film because they have sex in public bathrooms Inevitably she gets pregnant and the sex wanes, as does their relationship.
There is a conversation between two male characters bemoaning the fact that sex is sparse. One confide that it's been a month Cue disbelief from his friend.
Oh, and there's a charming conversation between a male and (pregnant) female in which he discusses how childbirth will ruin future sexual encounters because her vagina will be stretched.
Oh, and there's this whole 'will they/won't they' 'suspense' running through the film. She pluck up the courage to admit her feelings to him. He dismisses and humiliate her. She then gets her life on track and he decides that actually he does want her. One big grand gesture later and she falls into his arms. Aah, how i love a happy ending
Its been over a year since i saw the film and thankfully some of the memories have faded but i remember how angry i felt for days after watching it.
Yes, Baby Boom.
Because if you have a successful career then of course you are dead inside and secretly unsatisfied. All they really need is a baby. Now, now, of course you cannot have both career and a baby, you're a woman. But don't worry, you don't want that silly old career any more anyway, you now have a baby! So you will be soooo much happier sitting at home, decorating cakes or making jam. That's what all women really want.
Oh and if someone offers you millions to buy your little business, of course you would turn it down. Who needs money anyway?
Any film where they have men dressing as women for shit and giggles. Like Big Momma etc
Gross on so many levels.
The Devil Wears Prada.
Hated the way her boyfriend demeaned her job, yet was allowed to work round the clock for his. As if his job was so much more meaningful than hers, when he was a chef.
Yup, that was it. Baby Boom. Bloody awful. Think she ended up starting a Red-tastic baby food company from her kitchen table. Oh joy.
The Diane Keaton one, wasn't it called 'Baby Boom'? I never saw it, never wanted to.
Morris, I quite liked the Diane Keaton one when I saw it as a teenager!
Disregarding the fact that no sensible mother would 'leave her baby in her will' to someone she'd never met, the fact that in the end Keaton managed to look after the baby and also start up and run her own successful business was quite inspiring to me as a young woman.
Can't believe nobody has already mentioned Twilight. Gives me the rage! The books are worse though.
To be fair, I think most of knew watching it in the first pace would raise blood pressure and gave it a miss!
For similar reasons I don't plan on watching 50 Shades when it comes out....
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Love this thread - it's like an alternative MN feminist Oscars!
It's amazing when you think about it, just how misogynist mainstream Hollywood movies are. Independent cinema is not even all that better but at least there are some female director-trailblazers in indie cinema.
Worst film for me on a feminist basis was 'The Social Network'. Ridiculous parody of the tech start-up scene. The women were all just girlfriends or background scenery, no actual strong female characters. Admittedly Facebook as a company was known to be a boys club in the early days but the film made it seem that the whole of the tech world is a boys club. I know women who are programmers and engineers and who have started their own companies. There are plenty of women working at top levels here in Silicon Valley and they hold their own. The way the tech world was depicted in that film would put any young woman off a career in tech for life. It was unnecessary too, just seemed like a deliberate attempt to belittle the role of women in the tech industry.
Most of Katherine Heigls films are awful - Knocked Up, 27 Dresses and The Ugly Truth are three I can think of that were dreadful.
Anyone seen 'Playing for Keeps'? Gerard Butler - crap ex husband and absent father. Becomes soccer coach for his sons team. Decides he wants wife and son back, so sets out on a campaign to do so whilst shagging a bunch of soccer Mums. And of course ex wife dumps her perfectly kind and loving fiancee for him (who her son has also formed a strong bond with). Horrible, horrible story.
Generally hate Vince Vaughn films as well.
Heartbreak Kid - Ben Stiller hilariously cheats on his new wife on their honeymoon. But it's all her fault right? Cos "bitches be crazy, you know that" said by his father. Yuk. Then repeats the infidelity with his new partner at the end of the film.
I really hate the Hangover films as well.
Gosh there are lots aren't there? I haven't heard of the Bechdel test before. I shall definitely be applying it from now on though!
The Boat that Rocked - awful film anyway, but the bit that had me screeching at the screen was when the DJ (forget the actor) invited someone else to go and sleep with his girlfriend, who apparently couldn't tell the difference between two men in the dark. Creepy and rapey.
yy to James Bond. Especially the last film where the bond girl tells him she was a child sex slave, then he breaks into her place and surprises her in the shower. Really, really grim.
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