I was very happy when I was invited to join the lovely SexyRedframe and her dynamic friends to watch this chick flick. The cinema was filled with girls and it was great fun hearing all the jeers and laughter while we watched men feeding obvious bullshit lines to completely naïve women. I then watched my life being played out by Jennifer Aniston. The absolute misery and humiliation one has to endure after being in a relationship for exactly seven years and realising that he will never marry you! If you haven’t watched, stop reading because it is the ending that has me really cheesed off!
What the hell is it with Hollywood and their damn happy endings? The book was written to liberate women from our bizarre and insane habit of staying with a man or attaching ourselves to men that are really not worth our time. It is a very much ‘get real’ philosophy which all women need to embrace. Even in this day and age women still make excuses for their men, stay in love with their potential and remain foolishly optimistic that one day, miraculously he will wake up, look at you and be the lover and partner you deserve. There is absolutely no logic in this train of thought. In our heart of hearts we know we are settling, we know our desires, but hell – you just simply love him. Surely that counts. Damn happy endings. I had the same disappointment watching the Sex and City movie. The series was liberating because it was real, women being blatantly sexual and being vocal with what they wanted in life, what they wanted in a man. Then bam – regurgitated by Hollywood and it’s the flippin knight in shining armor bullshit and the happily ever after wedding in a plain sweet dress. Man rescuing women from a lifetime of promiscuity and lonely nights in front of a laptop! The fact that authors consent to such a debased version of their initial concept – the child they gave birth to – is deplorable.
I wasn’t alone in my opinion; Redframe’s gorgeous and witty sister was in full agreement and she has actually read the book! We are in the same boat, we want to be congratulated for having the guts to leave our failing men, not being subjected to a soppy ending of a new man, suddenly clean shaven, in a new shiny white suit, going down on his knees and proposing. Again with the wedding scene and the sweet white dress – another woman saved!
Another bit of irony is that the book proclaims we are more often the norm and not the exception. Happy endings are the exception and yet by its very nature chick flicks are the exact genres promoting that continued naivety the book seeks to expose!
BUT when all is said and done: There were some really funny bits and the overall message, albeit slightly twisted in the end, is a good one and that is why we watch these movies in the first place! And I had a really good time in great company!
Well there’s my rant and review…I feel much better now.