My latest column:
Mainstream Media Realize RomComs Hate Women
The high profile story is Maureen Dowd’s back-and-froth with social historian Sam Wasson about “Why romantic comedies now reek.” It’s a fairly entertaining exchange with highlights like Wasson saying, “Every time I see Jennifer Aniston’s or Jennifer Garner’s face I wince. Basically, every time I see someone named Jennifer.” But they also get a few good points across, such as Dowd’s suggestion that more female-run studios ought to have resulted in more female-positive films. Wasson laughs:
“Even the studios that are run by women aren’t run by women. They’re run by corporations, which are run by franchises. Unfortunately for us, Jennifer Aniston is a franchise. So is Katherine Heigl and Gerard Whatever-His-Name-Is, and even when their movies bomb, their franchise potential isn’t compromised because overseas markets, DVD sales and cable earn all the studio’s money back…The worst part of it is, from Hollywood’s point of view, it ain’t broke.”
There’s a reason people still love and adore films like His Girl Friday, Philadelphia Story, The Lady Eve and Holiday: they’re fun and funny. I guess writing romcoms that don’t insult women is going to have to go on my list of things to do. What’s your fave?