Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Knocked Up? Not so much

I was astonished to find on visiting The New Yorker's web site to get a link to the Caster Semenya story that Knocked Up was included in a list of the top ten films of the decade. If you've somehow managed to forget, Knocked Up was the follow-up to Judd Apatow's great and sweet movie, The-40-Year-Old Virgin. In Knocked Up, a working girl goes out on the town with her married-with-kids sister, gets drunk and has sex with someone she met at the bar. Guess what happens next? The thing about Knocked Up is, sure, I laughed at it, but I was also, you know, put off by it. Because, I hate to be a spoilsport, and I hate to use the "m" word, but the movie doesn't like women. It presents a world where women tame men and they have kids and marry in some order or another and from the point of taming on, men and women live in an uneasy state called long-term marriage in which women are, you know, shrews and men scurry around. Funny at times? Why not. Top ten? No way.

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