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The Happy Feminist

Prety Woman was dreadful. Misogyny wrapped up in a pretty bow.

Chalicechick

Michele: You know, even though we've watched Pretty Woman like thirty-six times, I never get tired of making fun of it.
Romy: Aw, look, poor thing - they won't let her shop. Yeah - like those salesgirls in Beverly Hills aren't bigger whores than she is.

Sydney

I thought Independence Day was pretty mysogynist. No female fighter pilots, and every woman who had her own career/thing going on was portaryed as unappealing and either died -- or got sick until she discovered that her TRUE AIM in life should be to support the men. The stripper character was "good" since her original job entailed taking her clothes off and serving men.

Annamal: I disagreed about Whale Rider. I thought it was rather sexist. Why should the girl care what her mysogynist grandpa thinks? At the end he still thinks women are inferior as a group -- SHE just has special powers.

Feminist..... hard to think of one off the top of my head, but I really liked Blue Crush and Bend it Like Beckham. You can see my penchant for movies about sporty girls showing though. It's my weakness.

evil_fizz

but my husband loved the Departed so now I'm confused!

The Departed was already not high on my list of favored films because it's VERY violent and I'm not much into violent movies. In Jack Nicholson's first scene, he asks a comely young diner waitress if she's got her period yet and leers at her. It's gross beyond words. The level of homophobia is also pretty freakish.

My fiance likes it, but he's far more immune to those sorts of things than I am.

Isabel

It's far from most misogynist, but I was really bothered by the sexist undertones in The Matrix. There's one female protagonist, and her purpose in life is... to fall in love with the male protagonist? Really? Oy.

Also, as for most-unexepctedly-feminist-friendly film, I would like to give a nod to Red Eye. I went expecting a fun, stupid thriller starring two young actors I think have tons of potential (Cilian Murphy and Rachel McAdams), and I wasn't disappointed--but I was also surprised by SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER: Rachel McAdams's character's admission of being a rape survivor, and her declaration of not wanting to be a victim again, right before she stabbed Cilian Murphy in the throat with a pen, which was pretty badass.

chem_fem

After reading IRobot I think that film is one of the worst I've seen. They take one of the most amazing powerful women in literature (Susan Calvin) cut her age by half (at least!!) make her 100 times more attractive and sap out all of her intellect. She then boils down to a character who finds a lot of different ways to say "that isn't possible" and there is a scene where she is asked to do something and she pouts for a whole minute before saying "ok then". Even Asimov discribes her as the best roboticist in history in stories that take place after her death and she gets turned into a pout and an excuse to show how good Will Smith's chest looks like. This is another film where the male lead is "hyper" masculine. I think he has overdosed on Testosterone.

Lord of the rings has got to be up there too, although that is at least pretty like the book. I never understood why they send out boys to fight but let women hide out.

There's so many but I can't think of them all right now.

Lya Kahlo

"The Departed was already not high on my list of favored films because it's VERY violent and I'm not much into violent movies. In Jack Nicholson's first scene, he asks a comely young diner waitress if she's got her period yet and leers at her. It's gross beyond words. The level of homophobia is also pretty freakish."

I think this is part of what made it a good movie. It shows the digusting aspects of these men, and makes them pretty damn unlikable, imo.

There wasn't a single character that was likable in that movie. And neither should there have been. (imo)

Ismone

I kinda liked Mark Wahlberg's character. He was a jackass, but he was a funny jackass with a cause. Plus I think he's kind of cute.

But it wasn't until 2/3 of the way through the movie
SPOILER ALERT!

That I figured out that Jack Nicholson was supposed to be Irish instead of just being some random white guy with a lot of Irish friends.

claire s

the departed is definitely NOT a movie for those who like strong female characters. there is one woman who gets more than a moment of screen time, and she is, well, not a strong character.
i think aside from that (ha) the departed does a decent job of making you know that it's the characters who are sexist and homophobic, not necessarily the movie itself. none of the men are people worth knowing, and yet they are full characters. so i think the actors did a great job of conveying their full-bodied assholery.

Arwen

Ooh. Yes, Whale Rider; great female protagonist.

I also, oddly, really liked the portrayal by Emma Thompson of the writer in Stranger than Fiction; and I expected nothing more than dough-heads. She was a writer, not a pretty girl. Of course, Maggie Gl... Glynanhaal? Glankaabaahallaic? Was a pretty girl, but she was also a nifty drop-out hippie activist businesswoman. Okay, so she baked; but she baked subversively.

Louise Fletcher in the sci-fi movie, Brainstorm (early 80s) made me really believe in the possibility of excellent female scientists. In a serious, who cares that she's a woman way; the role was pictured without fuss or bother. (Similarly, Monkeys in the Fog... um... Gorillas in the Mist).

I also think that Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada" was deadly. Not likeable, but a fabulous character.

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