Friday, January 15, 2010

More Lies for Women to Buy

In watching commercials as of late...I've noted a continuing stream of schlock for women's movies (redundant, I know). This is really a repetitive cycle of the same plot in some form:

Read the synopsis here in its entirety

Highlights - "Beth (Bell) is a young, ambitious New Yorker who is completely unlucky in love. However, on a whirlwind trip to Rome, she ... is then aggressively pursued by a band of suitors."

How formulaic could a film be? Girl is is unlucky (men of course will be the cause of this lack of luck). She will be pursued by semi-desirable guys from abroad (another outright boldfaced lie as I've never heard a guy from another country say he preferred dating American women...and I've known a good number and asked them all this exact question. Many of them do admit that American chicks traveling abroad slut it up - several close female friends of mine attest to this phenomenon).

American woman finds love as it comes to her doorstep...after making the foreign guy jump through hoops.

See also: The Closer You Get - virtually identical - "Irish lads send an ad to the Miami Herald inviting fit and enticing women, between the ages of 20 and 21, to live in their isolated Donegal village. .....Kate, a publican with a young daughter, (lol) is separating from her husband and catches the eye of a bachelor ...." - Insert American girl. Unlucky in love. Somehow attracts foreign man. Finds love through random chance/luck.

See also: Leap Year - virtually identical - "A woman who has an elaborate scheme to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day, an Irish tradition which occurs every time the date February 29 rolls around, faces a major setback when bad weather threatens to derail her planned trip to Dublin. With the help of an innkeeper, however, her cross-country odyssey just might result in her getting engaged." - Insert American girl. Unlucky in love. Somehow attracts foreign man. Finds love through random chance/luck.


  1. I'd venture it's not as much intent of "slutting it up" as much as a)being on vacation, knowing that what happens here will not be part of your life once you return home, and a bit of economics.

    Let's say a girl has heard all her life about the passion and sensuality of Italian males. She saves up for a trip after college or high school, and goes, not sure if she'll ever find herself in that country again, or if she'll ever encounter that perfect Italian male in her hometown. She has one week to engage in her fantasies. It has a very defined time limit, a very defined supply.

    So, yes, she's going to leap.

    Much as when love or sex interests visit from out of town, something one normally wouldn't act on if that person was there everyday, knowing that they'll be gone in a day, a few days, a week, you leap on it.

    Because who knows when you'll have that chance again?

  2. The real lie is the implication that a woman as attractive as Kristen Bell has to go to Rome to find an aggressive band of suitors to jump through her hoops. If she's "unlucky in love", it's her own fault, because she hardly lacks numerous choices.