Sunday, November 28, 2010

Movie Review: You Again


Ok, so initially I was excited for You Again because it has Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Kirsten Bell, and Betty White. However, as every movie-fan knows, a stellar cast does not ensure an awesome movie.

While it did have some funny moments, in general it was just not a good movie. Like Bride Wars or 27 Dresses, You Again was focused on the spectacle of girl-fighting, and that inherently is anti-feminist. Although Kirsten Bell's character is highly successful and intelligent, the movie is all about how klutzy and consumed by jealousy/revenge she is. Also, it's non-sensicle that her enemy, Odette Yustman's character, wouldn't just apologize to her... which is what happened after about 80 minutes of over-the-top girl-fighting.

The worst thing about this movie for me though was how all the male characters were portrayed as rational, father figures. Kirsten Bell's character keeps repeating that her older brother "protected" her so much that she wanted to do the same for him against this "evil" girl he was going to marry. However, her efforts to protect her brother are seen as silly and simply just some sad girl's jealous fantasies to bring down her high school tormentor. Additionally, Victor Garber, who plays their father, has a scene where he GROUNDS Jamie Lee Curtis and Kirsten Bell (seen in trailer). Jamie Lee Curtis had actually just reconciled with Sigourney Weaver, albeit after both of them fell into a pool, so I'm not exactly sure why he had grounds to be so "disappointed" in her... but in general, it was just creepy. Jamie Lee Curtis was his wife and Kirsten Bell his grown daughter, so that was just taking the father-figure thing too far and sending out the message that women are irrational, silly, and jealous while men are clear-headed, calm, and authoritative.

So... I will not be seeing You Again again.

And just briefly, I saw this trailer on the IMDB homepage today:


As you can see in the trailer, this movie appears to be all about stereotyping women as the only possible caregivers. And of course, the kid-protagonist is a boy, because girl characters never do anything adventurous. Also, they're future moms anyway. So I'm really disappointed in this because it's going to be telling kids that moms (women) are the only people capable of caring and nurturing, when this is blatantly not true. Men are just as capable of being caring and nurturing fathers, and putting that kind of antiquated message into kids' films is just going to severely limit the way that children think about gender and their possibilities as people.

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