and I've got issues. My friend Jen has again reminded me that we need to do another girls movie night... to which I agree.... the movie in which she wants to watch is where I disagree.
Which brings me to 'my issues'.
I have lots of issues. Some big some small. Like, not eating at McDonald's because they tear down reforest for their paper. Or not walking on street grates, because I don't want to fall in. Before you laugh, consider this - there are no grate checkers, no one who inspects their safety. I don't like the company Bounty OR (as I mentioned in a previous post) Pillsbury. And I have issues with movies. I have so many that movies should have their own category with sub-issues!
I have issues with the movie "You've Got Mail". Have I seen this movie? NO... but I saw "What Women Want" so I am full up, thank you very much.
"Hey Jules, whats the problem? It's such a cute movie...Meg Ryan is so awesome".
Yeah, I am sure she is. But since you asked I will enlighten you on my issue. I love a romantic comedy as much as the next guy. I only ask that the characters in the movie are . I can suspend disbelief and overlook a lot of plot holes (Kate and Leopold). What I cannot do, is sit by as all of our female leads fall for crappy men one after the next (K & L not included).
In YGM - the Tom Hanks character is not a horrible guy. But his ethics are a bit questionable. Plus he (willing) lies and tricks Meg's character all the while knowing that she is his online love. And then when she finds out she STILL likes the guy.
As one review noted:
She offers no objection to the discovery that he has known for the last third of the film that she is the "Shopgirl" of their email correspondence, and has withheld that information (surely an unfair if not illegal romantic practice). And of course, she completely forgives him for his business practices.
or as this one said:
Perhaps most appalling is the fact that after Fox Books puts local landmark The Shop Around the Corner out of business, Kathleen thanks Joe for liberating her from the daily rigors of being a businesswoman. Now she can finally pursue her passion for writing children’s books instead of selling them. Presumably the two are mutually exclusive. When she further rewards him by agreeing to a friendship, my feminist side bristles.
"Hey Jules relax... it's just a movie."
Even more my point. Make it a romantic comedy where it is a TRUE happy ending and not a marginal compromise. I love a knight in shining armour... and that is what the girl should end up with. NOT a guy who is only partially a creep. We already have women settling in real life... I don't need to see it on film. PLUS for all the teenage girls out there who flock to this crap it sends a horrible message -"keep a hold of whatever man shows interest in you regardless of his standards and morals"
Anyway - that's how I feel - and YES I already know... I've got issues! And the best thing about Jen? She loves me anyway!