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Re: “Re: Just not that into review; Thanks for Franklin coverage

Amey, your letter made me sigh heavily. This movie is not a "street-level look at the everyday mechanics of some young people's lives." This movie is a mockery of the female pysche, portraying almost every female character in a poor light. Are we really all so privileged and neurotic that this is how we spend our time, obsessing over the minutia of relationships? I would venture to say no, that intelligent, successful women can talk about things other than men.

"All of us dumbos who care about falling in love or marrying, what could we be thinking?" Well, you could be thinking that having your emotions displayed on-screen as cursory and petty enough to be boiled down into a marketed catchphrase is accurate, but you'd be wrong. What about women who don't focus on marriage as the ultimate goal, like Jennifer Aniston's character before she decides to conform to societal norms? Do we really need to be shown as sad and confused? Her life with Ben Affleck is fine until marriage becomes her focus. Obviously women cannot attend to both a stable relationship and wedding planning! This storyline only reinforces the idea that women desperately need to get married to feel secure.

And this movie is full of preppy, straight, white actors. Oh, I forgot that there are some gay characters and people of color. Too bad they are one in the same and comprise Drew Barrymore's gay minstrel show. This movie was set in Baltimore for god's sake, and the only POC they saw fit to include were the gay caricatures?

I don't think I need to tell you what's wrong with Gennifer Goodwin's storyline. If that doesn't seem needy and silly to you at all, well... that's disheartening for the entire female population that cares about the way we are portrayed on film and television. I want to watch a rom com that doesn't boil down to a woman whining that a man won't call her or love her, or a woman wanting so badly to conform to societal standards of marriage and reproduction that she pushes a good man away. I want to see a rom com that accurately portrays gays and lesbians instead of using them as punchlines. And I want to see a movie that doesn't use a POC as a sidekick or comic relief. HJNTITO fails to do so on all accounts. And when a movie reviewer recognizes those failings and stereotypes, strong language is necessary.

Posted by poppy12 on 04/09/2009 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Free dog night

While I agree that you should know that it's a law to have your dog on a leash, I have to disagree with the more ardent leash-law abiders. I definitely felt that way when I first started taking my dog out on the trails for runs/walks - getting bum-rushed by off-leash dogs that were not being properly attended to by owners was frightening for me and the dog. However, after much practice, my dog is well-behaved enough to be under voice control - I think if your dog can be trusted to come when called, the occasional off-leash romp is okay.

Posted by poppy12 on 05/14/2007 at 4:25 PM

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