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to think it's compulsory for the female lead in an adventure film to be attractive?

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kim147 Sat 26-Jan-13 17:19:03

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StrawberryMojito Sat 26-Jan-13 18:35:28

Toni Collette has done well. She is far from unattractive but she isn't a head turner (and neither am I). Same goes for Cate Blanchett and...erm...I'm struggling to think of some others...YANBU. I can't imagine the female equivalents of Jonah Hill (get him to the Greek) or Seth Rogan (knocked up) being as successful.

I actually started my comment trying to play devils advocate and have failed miserably.

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 26-Jan-13 18:35:46

Actually, Ridley Scott tends to have quirky, interesting, not traditional female characters. Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise...

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 26-Jan-13 18:36:56

Actually, depressingly Toni Collette is skinny and stunning IRL. I know someone who has snogged her...

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 26-Jan-13 18:37:58

Actually, I have to stop using the word actually grin

kim147 Sat 26-Jan-13 18:39:54

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StrawberryMojito Sat 26-Jan-13 18:40:31

You and me both.

Back2Two Sat 26-Jan-13 18:40:49

Um. Hasn't anyone noticed this is the trend everywhere in the media?

Men can be old, rugged, a bit haggard, or just plain old. Very fat (but funny of course), grey haired, wrinkly ..........
Women are attractive with good, slim or curvy body. Glossy hair.

Be it film, news reader, weather person, reporter.. Whatever.

BelaLugosisShed Sat 26-Jan-13 18:40:51

Uma Thurman is definitely not pretty or even conventionally attractive yet is seen as hot .

LadyBeagleEyes Sat 26-Jan-13 18:42:04

I was about to say Sigourney Weaver too.
(I can't spell it either)
I do think there is as much male eye candy as female in films.
And in the history of Hollywood, there have been many men that have had to pretend to be hetrosexual so as not to lose their vast army of female fans.

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 26-Jan-13 18:45:45

I do think there is as much male eye candy as female in films I agree but I think it is because the ratio of men to women in films is high. In ensemble pieces there is invariably 3-4 white men, one black man, possibly one 'other' man (Hispanic, Asian...) and one or two women. I'm looking at you, The Expendables/The Avengers/every other action film.

kim147 Sat 26-Jan-13 18:47:47

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StrawberryMojito Sat 26-Jan-13 18:48:21

I agree back2two. But whilst I couldn't care less what the person reading the news looks like (male or female), I do quite like looking at beautiful people on the big screen, it's about escapism I think.

marjproops Sat 26-Jan-13 18:53:23

Hey Kim147 was asking about you the other day , thought you'd disappeared!

Yes the proverbial bond girl thing.

big perky 99% -on -show -boobs, pert bum, pouty lips and perfect skin, more often than not the obligatory topless shot, totally unneccessary to the actual film, then they complain that theyre classed as bimbos etc.-- they have a brain, they have a choice.

and somehow theyre the ones who either save the day or manage to run around in perect hairdo and high heels. and always so predictable whats gonna happen, as in end up in bed together.

deleted203 Sat 26-Jan-13 18:55:35

I want to know why it is compulsory for crappy pre-teen things on the Disney Channel to have characters who are only ever one of the following:-

a) an impossibly skinny, good looking girl who's smart and everyone fancies
b) a hunky (but often slightly dim) 'jock' type
c) a ridiculously geeky/nerdy loser who is in the chess club
d) a smart mouthed kid who is always trying to get away with things.
e) a very dumb (but good looking) girl

The girls are always ridiculously gorgeous - yet the teenage boys are always immature idiots that no girl would want to hang out with.

kim147 Sat 26-Jan-13 18:57:17

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Trills Sat 26-Jan-13 18:59:22

The attractiveness of women in films is more important than the attractiveness of men. You're not wrong.

KellyElly Sat 26-Jan-13 19:06:52

Uma Thurman is definitely not pretty or even conventionally attractive yet is seen as hot Er yes she is! She's really beautiful. Most hollywood actors who play the lead roles are. Maybe comedy is an exception, but the romantic hero or leading lady are. It's the same in novels, you rarely get the romantic leads being referred to as ugly.

marjproops Sat 26-Jan-13 19:16:59

Kim whats FWR???

kim147 Sat 26-Jan-13 19:22:43

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StinkyWicket Sat 26-Jan-13 19:36:51

It's practically law that any American made film or tv series has impossibly good looking (and therefore bland imo) in it. The only exception I can remember is The Killing, where the main woman looked like a 'normal' person, although was still attractive IMO.

I watched The Orphanage the other week, it's a Spanish film. It looked so much more real.

Mind you, generally it's not the physical attributes of the actors that annoy me, it's more the fact that they all live in enormous houses that are (on the whole) immaculately presented. Only poor, drug-addled and - in the main - black characters seem to live in the smaller apartments that aren't perfect.

Just a few generalisations on the last few films I have watched!

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