OH WOULD YOU GROW UP ALREADY?

13 Apr

I’ve been watching a lot of early 90’s movies and I’ve noticed a strange similarity between those movies we grew up with to the movies and TV shows we love today.
By Pam Quinn (Writer)

The characters we spent our childhood identifying with haven’t been written much differently from then to now. For Example:

Now and Then – Starring Gabby Hoffman, Christina Ricci, Ashleigh Aston Moore and Thora Birch.
Group1If you were a young female of the 90’s, this was a movie you saw and loved. Arguably the quintessential “chick flick” for pre-teen girls. “I’m so Roberta!” “I’m definitely Teeny”. And As I recall casting myself within these four ‘non subtle’ youthful characters, I realize… holy crap we still do that as women of 2011 with shit like Sex and the City. Do you notice a similarity in these women?


Now and Then Sex and The City
Samantha – A writer dealing with family problems Carrie – A writer dealing with relationship problems
Roberta – Bold, tomboy, strongly opinionated. A lesbian actress plays her when she gets older Miranda – Bold, Lawyer, strongly opinionated. Is played by a lesbian actress.
Chrissy –dreams of a white picket fenced life and a bit naïve. Ends up with a guy she thought was gross at first. Charlotte – dreams of a white picket fenced life and a bit naïve. Ends up with a guy she thought was gross at first.
Teeny – Boy crazy, defined as a “Sexual magnet”, grows up to be a movie star Samantha – Boy crazy, sexual magnet, grows up to do PR for movie stars

So this got me thinking… years later women are still identifying with similar character types from our childhood.  I mean, it’s kind of similar to men, isn’t it? you can’t really compare The Goonies and Stand By Me to Swingers or The Hang Over as closely but there’s always a protagonist who’s morals are generally intact, the charming/ trouble maker friend who pushes the limits and either a fat guy or naïve one who gets made fun of through out by the other guys.

I’m psyched to see current “chick flicks” reaching out to a male audience as well. I mean, all your “chick flick” film needed was a little crazy mixed with lesbian action and… BAM! You’ve got a chick flick guys can enjoy. While we may not have come too far in how women are portrayed on screen with certain films, we are making strides to be more interesting for a larger kind of audience and I’ll take that. Dick Flicks and Chick Flicks…. let’s separate them, shall we? Cause after all… they’re pretty similar anyway… (The below table can be seen in full here: CrazyTownBlog)

WHAT WHO PLOT DIRECTION SUPPORT ACTION
The Wrestler Micky Rourke One gets so engrossed in their “Sport”  that they harm themselves. Directed by: 

Darren Aronofsky

Hooks up with a hot, sexy, female, brunette dancer Pulls staples out of his back.
Black Swan Natalie Portman One gets so engrosses in their “Sport” that they harm themselves. Directed by: 

Darren Aronofsky

Hooks up with a hot, sexy, female, brunette dancer Pulls feathers out of her back.
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One Response to “OH WOULD YOU GROW UP ALREADY?”

  1. Eddie 2011 at : #

    This was a lot of fun to read and you’re very talented when it comes to analyzing plots, characters, etc. However, most movies, especially by the same director, are almost identical in nature. David Fincher’s “Fight Club” is about a group of frustrated men pounding on each other in dark basements, while trying to revolutionize the world. David Fincher’s “The Social Network” is about a group of frustrated men (boys) writing code in dark dorm rooms, while trying to revolutionize the world.

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