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A not so feminist Christmas movie

Because Christmas is around the corner, my husband wanted to watch his favorite holiday movie, Christmas Vacation, with Chevy Chase as the patriarch of the Griswalds.

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I also enjoy the movie and I remember loving it as a child. It‘s a good comedy. Seeing it again after many years, my opinion of it has changed quite a bit though. As a grown-up, I have interpreted it from a feminist point of view and I must say, this movie does not belong on my list of feminist movies. Why?

  • Misses Griswald is very pretty… and that compensates for her lack of brains; check out that cleavage! Plus, did you see how she behaves and the way she talks? Life-size Barbie right there! Stereotypical supporting female character.
  • Nowhere in the movie do we get a hint that she also has a job, so we suspect she is a housewife. Not that that‘s a bad thing. But still, she has two grown kids who could do well without a stay-at-home mom. I know I kept asking myself during the movie: does she just does not want to work or is she too stupid to hold down a job? Maybe if she had also had a job, her family would not have been so dependent on dad‘s Christmas bonus.
  • She and her daughter do the ‘‘girl-thing‘‘ and cook for the family while Mr. Griswald and his son are responsible for the ‘‘man-thing‘‘ and decorate the house‘s exterior with Christmas lights. Typical! Why, even in the modern movies, do the men meet for football&beer on the couch while their wives cook and chat in the kitchen!?
  • Let‘s not even talk about the low percentage of female characters and how little screen time and speaking lines they get.
  • However, let‘s not forget the movie was filmed in the late 80‘ – as if that‘s a good excuse for misogyny.
  • Oh, and heads up! The other Griswald movies are the same, so don‘t expect anything different!

From a feminist point of view, this movie belongs in the WOMEN AS PROPS FOR SHOW category.

If you want to have a good laugh with the whole family, I recommend it. If you want to see some Girl-Power, you‘d have more luck watching Powerpuff Girls.

BTW, my favorite holiday movie is The Grinch. The girl leaves the rich man for the poor and ugly Grinch? Talk about love conquers all!

How about your favorite Christmas movie? Are you still satisfied with it? Would love to hear your thoughts on it!

Merry Christmas!

L.

Laurasgotzthis Review

Christmas Vacation ’89 (US Comedy)

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E(education)

How do you review movies/series? Here is my 5 Paws criteria.

I am, of course, not the only one in the world that binge-watches series constantly. So I am always looking for new, exciting series. I can go with any genre, as long as the story is interesting and the characters are unique and seem REAL.

What do I mean with REAL characters? They are all fake, make-believe, fictional, whatever. Yes. But that does not mean that they shouldn’t have a soul. Depending on the actor that portrays a specific character, you get another feeling from it. I am sad to say that, especially in comedies, almost all characters act and feel the same. They are thus unlikable. You can have an amazing story but if the characters seem FAKE or just blend in with other characters, the audience will notice and their interest to watch further will drop.

My CRITERIA (5 Paws Imagini pentru paw gif)

  • A (action): If C and B work, then I’ll focus on the story. Could it be real? Is there a causality relationship between events or do some things happen out of the blue JUST to help the character/drive the story further? I hate plot holes.
  • B (boom): I am also looking for the HOOK, the BOOM! A show has to catch my attention very fast, like in the first 5, maximum 10 minutes. If not, bye-bye (and I rarely give shows a second chance).
  • C (character): I need to CARE for the character. If I don’t care, I’m not going to be motivated enough to watch the next episode (sometimes I just switch series after 5 minutes).
  • D (dialogue): I am not that focused on the quality of Dialogue but more on how it has been adjusted to the situation. Sometimes I’ll hear some cliché, supposed-to-be-funny dialogue mixed up in an ordinary/uninteresting situation. The situation has to be funny in order to make me laugh and the dialogue adds another 10% to the laughter.
  • E (education): I want to learn something from every show. I want to see important themes being discussed. The show is not about just the main character, but about the whole world!

 

Here is a list of series I do or do not recommend.

I would appreciate feedback from you guys! And new recommendations!

Here are just a short list of the series I can remember at the moment^^

Laurasgotzthis DOs:

  • Everybody loves Raymond (4xImagini pentru paw gif)
  • Friends (5xImagini pentru paw gif)
  • Modern family (4xImagini pentru paw gif)
  • Monk (5xImagini pentru paw gif)
  • Sex and the city (5xImagini pentru paw gif)
  • The big bang theory (5xImagini pentru paw gif)
  • Will&Grace (5xImagini pentru paw gif)
  • How to get away with murder (5xImagini pentru paw gif)

Laurasgotzthis DON’Ts:

Laurasgotzthis MAYBEs:

  • Glitch (3xImagini pentru paw gif)
  • Grey’s Anatomy (4xImagini pentru paw gif)
  • Home improvement (4xImagini pentru paw gif)
  • House (4 xImagini pentru paw gif)
  • Star Trek (all series (5xImagini pentru paw gif)
  • The Frankie Drake Mysteries (3xImagini pentru paw gif)

 

So you were looking for a PENIS song? Yes? I found one.

The day started like any other day. Therefore the last thing I was expecting while streaming for a new series was a song about penises. Well, actually, about Jeff’s penis.

You can check this baby out here: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Season 3, Episode 7, Getting over Jeff

I have never watched this series till today and I had no interest in it before. I only wanted to watch something new while I was having lunch (yes, I eat&stream).

So I just clicked on a random episode and waited with anticipation to get entertained.

It was awful. Awkward. A bit too much. And that says a lot, coming from a gynecologist! I will not view another episode, but let me sum up today’s story just to make it clearer why:

  • the main character, I suppose she is somehow someone’s crazy ex, tried to commit suicide on the plane by taking pills; who does that!? Really!? On the plane?
  • then comes the PENIS song; the secondary character dances and sings in the supermarket about her ex’s totally amazing penis and how she first, well, rubbed it;
  • then another creepy song about MY FRIEND’S DAD, where the young, female main character has fun with an old, male character, who, at the end of the song, tells her he thinks about her naked; yew!
  • best part was some bartender’s infected pimple exploding, the puss flying through the air and landing in someone else’s drink; yeah, that happened!

Good parts:

  • there was a gay couple who broke up because one wanted kids and the other didn’t; the matter was dealt with OK-ish;
  • the secondary female character pondered about cheating on her husband, because she felt neglected by him; great interior conflict, poorly resolved but I’ll let it count as a succes;

I have no idea if the rest of the show is like that, but it was enough for me to say PASS.

+ the humor was lame and the characters, apart from the secondary female character and the older gay guy(not good with names), had no humanity. They all felt like puppets saying their lines.

+I hate musicals 99% of the time!

How about you? Do you watch the series? If not, would you? At least the part with the penis song (10 min. in)?

Would love to chat!

Have a great Saturday!

L.

Laurasgotzthis Review

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (US Comedy Series)

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B(boom)

C(character)

D(dialogue)

E(education)

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