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Cracks Passes The Bechdel Test

October 29, 2009

But will it be full of the same ol’ tropes?

13 Comments
  1. October 29, 2009 6:57 pm

    I do love Sinéad Cusack though.

  2. atheistwoman permalink
    October 29, 2009 11:08 pm

    Seems like a “crazy lesbian school teacher strikes again” drama. But very fine acting all the same.

    • October 30, 2009 2:43 am

      Juno Temple (the young blonde) plays the daughter in Notes on a Scandal, another one of those “crazy lesbian school teacher strikes again” dramas.

      But see AW here lies our socially conditioned expectations/assumptions/biases. If it is a story about all girls and a woman, and that woman is yapping about desire and she has a secret and has been telling lies, must we assume it is some “crazy lesbian school teacher strikes again” drama? It is 1930s South Africa, so, it would still be shocking, but, not to the 2009 audience. Nor will an abortion or an adoption, etc. So, what is it? On the other hand, here lies our cynicism from being frustrated by those socially conditioned expectations/assumptions/biases, thus, we know it has to be some type of “crazy lesbian school teacher strikes again” drama. LMAO! Who knows? I know I won’t know until my library has a copy, so that will be sometime in 2010 or later.

      But for fun, let’s keep track.

      The Children’s Hour
      Notes on a Scandal

    • atheistwoman permalink
      October 30, 2009 3:25 am

      You have something against cynicism? ;-). I have seen Notes on a Scandal, though not Children’s Hour. Notes on a Scandal was especially entertaining for having not one, but two! (for the price of one!) tropes that felt like they had pulled from a John Stossel Expose. It did indeed have the crazy lesbian schoolteacher strikes again, but it also had (drumroll) crazy sex-starved schoolteacher is a boy-lover! Mothers, lock up your seventeen year old boys, nowhere is safe. Though now that I think about it, that might not be such a bad idea.

    • October 30, 2009 3:46 am

      I think he is 15. Remember the line, something like this, “your boyfriend is younger than my boyfriend” coming from the daughter.

      But yes, lock them up. Because that one woman equals the 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 men who have raped girls.

    • atheistwoman permalink
      October 30, 2009 3:50 am

      Now that’s bitter. Of course if the film was true to life, the daughter would be saying to her father, “your girlfriend is younger than me.”

      There were plenty of pedophiles at my school, none of them were women.

    • atheistwoman permalink
      October 30, 2009 3:52 am

      And could I just say that that italicization up there was not my doing. Bizarre.

    • October 30, 2009 4:56 am

      I did it. You know about my editing problem. LOL!

  3. Level Best permalink
    October 30, 2009 4:21 pm

    You know, I actually bought the DVD of Notes on a Scandal, with full knowledge of how everyone else in the world pegged it as a Crazy Lesbian movie, because I really LIKED the older teacher character. I thought she was funny, attractive, intelligent, and I loved her interaction with her cat. If she were real, I totally would like to be her friend and would have dropped everything to go with her to the vet when her poor kitty was dying. I had this other movie running in my head, I guess, instead of the one everybody saw. (OK, I am strange. And really, really hungry for movies with older women, smart women.)

  4. Level Best permalink
    October 30, 2009 6:34 pm

    I know I would love Cranford!! Thank you for the recommendation. I read Mrs. Gaskell’s novel, and it was very funny, very wry.

  5. atheistwoman permalink
    November 1, 2009 5:09 am

    I have just seen a film that is both funny and passes the Bechdel test, and for its “villain” has a male.

    And all right you will never think about bananas in the same way again (said mysteriously).

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