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Two Movies, Eight Straight Men: Part I

The first half of this two-part article will focus on comedic garbage, the second on a worthy comedic effort.  Both movies I will discuss concern the important business of men planning on losing their virginity.  I will say no more about Part II; you (like your virginity) will just have to wait.  In the meantime, be prepared, if you weren’t already from having seen this movie years ago, to be royally pissed off.

“American Pie” came to theaters in 1999, when I was a religious conservative, my sexuality thoroughly tamed, though not by independent thought, volition, experience, consequence and gentle follow-up from older males with a vested interest in my well-being; but by coercive, death-oriented lies.  Therefore, I missed the movie.  I have to hand it to my former religion: At least it kept me away from this crap.

At the time, the commercials were enough to turn me off.  I was able to guiltily laugh at a dirty joke back then, but only if it was funny.  They couldn’t find a single, funny, dirty joke to showcase in their movie trailer; that should have been my first clue.  Secondly, once the movie had hit theaters (and the minds of who knows how many impressionable teenaged males), another commercial emerged with a group of (I presume) 18-year-old young men, the one in front holding a pie against his crotch, all of them singing furtively in unison: “How sweet it is to be loved by you!”  Yuk, yuk.  No, make that “Yuck.”  I should have remained unimpressed.

When the dark clouds of eternal punishment for penis-pleasure evaporated, however, since it didn’t cost me anything to put this movie in my Netflix queue, and knowing the story centers on four very cute young men, curiosity got the best of me.  Well, look what curiosity did to the friggin’ cat, man.

There are petty reasons why this movie stinks.  Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge, both veterans of Christopher Guest’s marvelous mockumentaries, are underused; four average actors are overused.  All four of these overused actors look like they’re about 25, but we’re supposed to believe they are still in high school.  (This is nothing new for Hollywood.)  The mocking of their peers, a staple of any teen movie, is weirdly subdued, never vicious or terrifying, as it would be in any other movie.  The problem is, this doesn’t just reduce the anxiety of the viewer; it reduces the comedic effect.  That’s actually okay with me, since I don’t find humiliation of that sort to be the least bit funny.

I could go further in explaining the myriad ways in which this movie rots – everything from the senseless gross-out jokes to the ridiculously gay-centered dialogue of a supposedly straight porno movie that one of the boys is watching at the beginning – but that’s not the point of this article.  My effort here is to show you the positively insidious message that the movie sends out about straight guys, especially their sexuality.

It starts with the first sexual exchange, featuring one of the young men, who considers himself the biggest player, out on a date with a college girl (who majors in “post-modern feminist thought.”  Walk away, man).  He makes a minor faux-pas by jumping from small talk to a line that was probably designed to get a big laugh: “Suck me, beautiful.”  I failed to see what was funny; then again, the rules where I come from are totally different when a good-looking guy says something like that.  Apparently, this sophisticated “woman” needs something more, so she simply laughs at his pitiful attempt.  Her loss.  (Must be getting plenty of “Suck me, beautiful” at her post-modern, feminist college.)

This sets the stage for the rest of the film, and this is essentially what it is about: Women should be in charge of sexuality, sexual politics, sexual conversations, and sexual exchanges.  Every single woman featured in this film takes command.  If you think I’m making too big a deal about this, keep in mind that this film was so enormously successful that it spawned (no pun intended) numerous spin-offs, and it was heralded by at least one critic as some sort of victory for women’s sexuality.

A woman gives orders to one of the saps to dance and strip, which is captured on a webcam for the entire high school to watch; then, the next day, when everyone’s looking at him and laughing, the humiliation falls flat after hardly being felt at all.  The message?  “Just laugh it off, guy.  We know what we’re doing.  Your manly concerns are a trifle.”

Another woman, for some unknown reason, decides to inform the entire high school on prom night that she not only did not have sex with a young man who was bragging that they had, but that the young man in question also wets his pants, which, standing in the middle of the gym floor in his tux, he promptly does.  (This is also very quickly laughed off to little effect.)

A third woman gets all upset when she overhears her boyfriend, whose penis she regularly and eagerly sucks, complain (quite mildly) that he needs to score with her sometime soon.  A fourth woman likewise gets her panties in a bunch when another boy, standing next to the one she’s interested in (the player mentioned above), does a mildly sexual dance on the football field, while the player stands next to him, smiling awkwardly.  Oh, the horror!

A fifth woman, a band geek no less, suddenly demonstrates the sexual prowess of a dominatrix, screaming at her hapless victim, “What’s my name? Say my name, bitch!” while she’s on top of him.  This part would have been a lot funnier if it had been divorced from such a terrible premise.  After all, you wouldn’t expect the mildly attractive band geek to understand how wearing more than one condom can help prevent premature ejaculation.  The line quoted above would have been wonderfully hilarious, in a completely different movie.

The film goes to great lengths to downgrade a man’s sexual desires, prowess, and volition.  Even the lame attempt at showing a blossoming sensitivity in the player character falls flat, like his awful singing, when he joins a choir primarily to get closer to his quarry.  It never goes anywhere.  It doesn’t endear you to him.  He, like the other three main characters, is really only on screen to tell the teenaged males in the audience two pointless messages:

1. Get some.  (They need to be told this?)

2. Make sure you treat her right, dude.

This means that the player – who has his last lacrosse game of the season on the same day as some competition where he and his prey are scheduled to sing, and sing quite poorly – has to choose between a heterosexual male-dominated activity and one usually dominated by females, gay guys, and the occasional, extraordinarily sensitive heterosexual male (most of whom manage to sing a lot better), which is the kind of straight guy he’s supposed to represent.  In order to score, guess in which event he chooses to participate?

That’s right.  There is not a single yielding to a single demand by a single male throughout the film, except for the sexual exchanges, and then only on the terms as pre-defined by women.  It is really quite sickening.  How much more meaningful, even touching, would it have been to have the chorus-singing female suddenly appear in the bleachers while her man is on the lacrosse field, and how much funnier to have the band geek girl be the only one to be a domineering, screaming, bedroom banshee?

But no.  The guy who regularly gets head is put through an emotional ringer by his “girlfriend,” who demands that before she give him her “virginity” (and once you’ve touched a dick, girls, you ain’t no virgin), that he tell her he loves her.  Then, as if out of some ridiculous romance novel, she informs him the next morning that their relationship will end with the summer since they’re going to different colleges.  At least she’ll go off to her feminist-dominated environment secure in the knowledge that she took a young man’s heart and pride with her.  Bitch.

That last bit was supposed to be the most heartfelt moment in the film, since those two characters had been together the longest, and the most frequently sexually active.  However, due to her later remarks and his acquiescence, it seems to me that this film is not only misandric, but also misogynistic, and ultimately holds contempt for young adults and human sexuality in general.

These are not the sort of women with whom you ought to find yourselves in bed.  These are the types of women who demand that you shave your body hair or go for one of those awful body waxes.  These are the sorts of women who rankle whenever you express a simple difference of opinion.  These are women who want their men fixed by the “queer eye.”  (Which notion I thoroughly resent, by the way – I fucking hate shopping.)  These women are darkened in their minds.  They are herded into government playpens and prevented from entering adulthood, even though their bodies and brains began the process five or six years ago.  Therefore, they are jaded, cynical, bored, unimpressed, and apart from their tits and cute faces, they are thoroughly unattractive.

So are the men.  These guys are representative of a massive push on the part of the ruling elite that control societal interpretations of teenagers.  They are what you would call “mooks.”  The women are what you would call “midriffs.”  Both of these terms are insulting and demeaning.  So is this film.

Once again, the only exceptions I would make are the band geek’s moment of glory previously mentioned, the appearance of Jennifer Coolidge whose oeuvre includes this gem, and the inclusion of Eugene Levy’s character, the one truly bright spot in anything that this film might actually have to say.

Levy accidentally interrupts his son’s desperate sexual curiosity at least twice (most famously during the eponymous pie incident), and strangely shows himself to be a father who at least partially understands.  He actually makes the effort to talk to his son about that which a great many fathers find difficult.  He tries to help make sense of it, and accepts his son’s efforts for what they are.  Simple as that.

What kind of a movie would we have had where Levy’s character took each of these young men under the protective  wing of his wisdom, and encouraged them not to give up their virginity for some silly, arbitrary date, or just because all of their peers are bragging about it?  How about ditching the prom, which is centered on the women, and taking all four boys out for a game or a fishing trip, before they all go off to college?

Because that would defeat the purpose of the movie, which is not to contribute to or improve upon the raunchy teen sex comedy or any serious discussion about burgeoning manhood, but to exploit them so that the mooks will be more easily controlled by a government upon which the women in the film are going to depend.  The empire will always be more attractive to these women than the individual man, especially when he can’t find the hooks on her bra.

If this is what any woman reading this article thinks, then up yours.  The way I was taunted in high school, as thankfully brief as those episodes were, and the ways in which others were taunted (to whose defense I never leapt, out of fear), are really not funny.  It kills part of the mind, and I believe that this damage can be permanent.  You have to ask yourself if Stephen King was saying anything about his own experiences when he had Carrie kill all of her classmates.

And I refuse to link to any part of that movie, either.  Why do so many people – men and women – want to watch people die torturous deaths?  You should also ask yourself why it is that the men who wrote, directed, and created “American Pie” moved so quickly off of every moment of humiliation for these young men.  Did they not want to dwell on their own history of humiliation?  Perhaps they should have.  Then they would realize how unfunny it was.  Humans don’t like to dwell on pain, however.  It feels like death.  Alice Miller knew this, and she didn’t care.  She stood by her research no matter what.  She should be a feminist icon, but they wouldn’t listen to her, either.

It’s much easier to ignore the hurt and pain, and find a scapegoat.  It used to be blacks in this country; now it’s “illegal” immigrants.  It used to be Jews in Germany; now it’s men, both Jew and gentile, everywhere.

This movie is almost thoroughly repulsive.  Without Levy’s awkward but intelligent father, it wouldn’t be worth a damn.  Straight guys made the cameras, film, lights, electrical chords, batteries, vans, trailers, paper, computers, printers, software, props, sets, landscaping, ideas, business deals, advertisements, and everything else with which this movie was made.  When one of them, whom you find attractive, and with whom you would be more than willing to have sex, says, “Suck me, beautiful,” what exactly is the problem?  No, you don’t owe him.  Sure, you can wait for marriage.  Yes, you can remain chaste if you want.  Absolutely, you have the right to say, “No.”  Go ahead and giggle at his audacity.  However, I happen to know for certain that most heterosexual women really, really like penises.  And you drove with him out into the country late at night.  Why did you do that?  Are you lying to yourself about your motivations?

Chances are that you are indeed coercing the truth in your own mind, and you probably don’t realize it, but that lie is killing something.  This movie, for the most part, is one great big lie about straight guys.  You are watching it, and it’s killing them.  Every day.

B.R. Merrick writes for “Strike The Root“ and “A Voice for Men,” lives in the Northeast, is proud to be a classical music reviewer at Amazon.com and iTunes, and in spite of the poisonous nature of television, God Himself will have to pry his DVDs of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” out of his cold, dead hands, under threat of eternal damnation.

About B.R. Merrick

B.R. Merrick writes for "Strike The Root" and "A Voice for Men," and is proud to be a classical music reviewer at Amazon.com and iTunes.

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  • mideonphish

    Just another in a long line of so-called ‘rom-com’ films depicting nought but
    feminist endorsed ‘women always get the sexual control’ garbage.

    I feel genuinely sorry for the guys who have irreversibly lost 2 whole hours of
    their lifespans just watching this bulls**t.

    It doesn’t just denigrate young men, Its a f**king complete insult to the art of cinematography is what it is.

  • The Enlightener

    It’s pretty eye-opening when I see old movies again in light of what I know now. Even though I’ve always had some knowledge of women’s privilege and misandry, a lot of the blatant misandry of popular culture flew right over my head.

    • B.R. Merrick

      Same here. “The Color Purple” was my favorite film for more than 10 years. A few days ago, I stopped watching about halfway through. There is not a single male character worth admiring. A thriller that I’ve loved since 1991, “Deceived” starring Goldie Hawn in a fine dramatic performance, centers on an impossibly evil man who threatens her. Can’t watch that one anymore, either.

      And then, there’s beauty like Yimou Zhang’s “Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles,” which every man willing to read subtitles ought to see. As long as there’s beauty to replace what I mistakenly believed was beautiful (like ditching more popular music for classical), I’ll be okay.

      • Reaper

        Absolutely agree with both of you.
        I have a rather large collection of movies that I used to watch on a regular basis.
        Now, I find myself unable to enjoy (or even complete watching) many of them, simply because of the ridiculous male stereotype they propagate.

        One of the most terrifying aspects of discovering the MRM was realising how deeply ingrained misandry was, even in myself.

  • Promoman

    In American Pie, I’d have to say that Jessica was my pick for the most annoying. She had a complete “Fuck Men” attitude and is like a lot of women today; For all the shit they talk, they’re either:

    1) alone

    2) can only get laid by the biggest douchebags or lesbians.

    3) involved with BOB (Battery Operated Boyfriend) and/or Paul Palm and his five brothers

    The thing is, they swear it’s smart to lose. Ever see how women brag among themselves about who likes them, how they avoid them, but yet are alone? That my friends, is the Jessica Effect.

  • Keyster

    Hollywood is dying.
    They aren’t making good movies anymore.
    “The King’s Speech” was made by Brits.
    Not only are the same stories being re-hashed, the same movies are being re-hashed, (Tron?, True Grit?). The Hollywood Elite is so obsessed with “PC messaging” in their films that they don’t even seem to realize no one cares anymore.

    My favorite coming of age film was “Summer of 42″. A classic.

    • B.R. Merrick

      I’ll take your word for it. Just put it in my Netflix queue.

    • Jimmy

      I remember a lot of my schoolmates talking about this film when I was in my early teens. I didn’t pick up on a lot of the stuff metioned here at the time, but in retrospect I fully agree with the analysis, and the stuff about Levy’s character being the only respectable one in the film.

      I can hardly watch anything in TV of film these days without scanning for political messages (usually they’re not really overt), and it’s clear to me that Hollywood films are riddled with politically correct messages. British films are not very different either.

  • http://none Latah Male

    “How about ditching the prom, which is centered on the women, and taking all four boys out for a game or a fishing trip, before they all go off to college?”

    YES!

  • http://none Latah Male

    I can only be honest about this…my absolute favorite ‘teen movie’ or closest to it?

    Hint:

    “Waaaaarriooorrrrrrs…….come out n pllllaaaaayayyyyyyyyyy…”

    • http://www.CanadaCourtWatch.com Attila L. Vinczer

      I love that movie!

      • http://none Latah Male

        Little sidenote on that; even in The Warriors….when the gang passes through the territory of The Orphans they were eventually making peace. Then that dumb bitch chimes in ‘bok bok bok” she says to the Orphans leader-shaming him for not being “manly about it”.

        And what does dumbass do? He gets all tough-guy on Swan; bends to the shaming of a woman. But Swan was no better-looking back at it-he ends up being a white-knight and takes her along. I would’nt have. Fuck that bitch…I’d be getting me and my brothers back to Coney Island alive.

        LOL-ah restrospect

    • http://theduststorm.blogspot.com Dusty

      Absolutely, sir!

    • Introspectre

      Great movie! I have the directors edition on dvd.

      • Introspectre

        Remember the Lizzies using sexual appeals to lure the lost Warriors into dropping their guard so they can be effectively ambushed?

    • Midnight Gypsy

      An awesome flick. The part I found disturbing was how easily the guys got sucked in and nearly done in by the “Lizzies”.

      Guys seem to be ALWAYS willing to follow the promise of a pussy to their own destruction. Yet most of them wouldn’t put their dicks into a bear trap.

      Luckily I can recognize both as being the same thing. A TRAP!!!

  • silentblood

    “but by coercive, death-oriented lies.”
    That link pissed me off.(speaking as a bisexual)

    “These are the types of women who demand that you shave your body hair or go for one of those awful body waxes.”
    I do that for my own reasons(admittedly some of which is influenced by my wife, but for the most part I find my body hair unattractive.)

    “However, due to her later remarks and his acquiescence, it seems to me that this film is not only misandric, but also misogynistic, and ultimately holds contempt for young adults and human sexuality in general.”
    And this sums up my feelings of this movie in a nutshell.

  • reficul

    I recommend you look at the TV-series especially the ones directed at young males, some examples:
    1. Chuck – first episodes bearable and could be instinctively appealing to young geek boys but further into the series and you see only men and boys being presented as complete morons with no self-esteem and/or absolute doormats. The culmination of this happens in season 4 (the most recent one) when Chuck is kidnapped by the bad guys. Obviously his heroic sexy girlfriend travels across the globe and fights alone with (literally) army of bad men to save her boyfriend who at the same time faints when sees the syringe… I still can’t believe I’ve watched this shit for so long
    2. Some sci-fi series: V (2009) or The Event – aliens invading Earth. Both aliens are matriarchal societies with queens giving birth to disposable males, the cannon fodder. On the other side heroic and responsible woman defending their naive son… OK it’s more about the V than the Event but… you get the picture.
    3. Fringe – female FBI agent accompanied by an outcast and his mental father, saving the world from the Earth from other dimension.
    4. Big Bang Theory – what started as sitcom for guys (even though it is about socially inept men) was still nice to watch, now is becoming also directed at women adding more and more interaction between women. Obviously the producers must have thought the sitcom was too misogynist by presenting only educated males versus the waitress interaction. Anyway I (still) enjoy watching BBT I am just curious about the direction of the sitcom
    5. House – the only good/righteous people in the series are women (with the exception of Wilson). Still like and watch it though as House doesn’t at least accept politically correct vision of the world.
    6. Madmen – I haven’t watched it much but I can tell you from my interaction with feminists at my workplace, they absolutely love it! Why, you may ask. Well, it is mostly about misogynistic and/or sexist men from 60’s (?). I’ll play the role of the oracle and without watching it I can tell you now what will be the main theme of the forthcoming episodes/seasons:
    As more and more women enter the workplace so the men start appreciating their talents and stop their sexism once they realise how wonderful and creative they are. It will be brilliant women (in the opposition to stubborn sexist pigs-men) who will forever change the marketing departments of the future and men will have to finally admit that women are better at everything they do. So watch out for Madmen as it seems like a very canny feminist booby trap.

    I would like to highlight one thing – I don’t really mind seeing women in the main roles, but please, can we have at least some tv series for boys! Tv series where boys can see some male role models that could aspire to follow and at the same time still enjoy it without constant humiliation?
    At the moment the only positive roles that boys feel should follow are those of… heroic women…

    • B.R. Merrick

      Based on this list alone, I thank God I’m rid of television. Boys shouldn’t wait for a series that encourages them. They should just turn the damn thing off, go outside, and start climbing trees again. Broken bones are better than indoctrination.

      • reficul

        Well, that’s what I did, I don’t have TV set now and only from time to time download the only 2 series I still watch (House and The Big Bang Theory) although they quickly loose their appeal with new episodes. What is really frustrating is that most of these TV series start quite decently but than it seem like they all go through some kind of feminist filter where the directors/screenplay writers must comply or they loose their funding. And it happens with every single one of them!

        • B.R. Merrick

          I followed “House” for two seasons because I’m a big Hugh Laurie fan. Then it got soap-operatic. What a shame.

          • Watertiger

            Hkuse is one of my favorite shows because he’s an ASSHOLE! And he wears the t-shirt proudly. He doesn’t treat Cutty any better because she’s his girlfriend, than he treats anyone else. He’s not perfect, but he does things HIS way and screw everyone else.

            I see him as a MGTOW.

          • Watertiger

            Hkuse = House

        • Sad_Dad

          Feminist are in control, I believe what you say is true! But with everything not just TV, Radio, movies, Books, newspapers, commercials everything!!!! Has to pass a quality control before fembots will approve, Stephen Baskerville was in the newpaper business and all his stories had to be approved by fembots before it was released to the public and this was in the 60’s, I’m sure it’s a lot worse now.

    • reficul

      If you want to confirm what I am saying about Chuck without terrorising yourself, these 2 episodes will suffice to see what I am talking about:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Versus_the_Fear_of_Death
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Versus_the_Balcony

    • The Enlightener

      Still not sure about Mad Men. I think it’s fairly honest. It’s just that women see it from their point of view; they see the men as misogynists and the women as desiring liberation. I see it as the men being men and the women being women. There’s really nothing misogynistic about the male characters, unless you look at it from a modern day feminized point of view. If you look at it rationally, the men are manly (which is why women like it) and the women who are just entering the workforce are either feminine or trying to be like men (feminists). I really don’t think the show, so far, has been inherently bad for men. Just look at the blonde wifey, she acts like a child, and she is entirely unjustified in her behavior. A feminist would disagree, of course.

      However, the end of the last season, which involved the main character suddenly marrying his secretary, and other women at the office making comments about it, was probably a turning point toward a truly feminist Mad Men. It made absolutely no sense that Don would suddenly want to marry his stupid secretary. The only reason to do it was to play into women’s idea that all men are idiots who will give it all up for some pussy.

      I’m pretty sure it’s downhill from here, but we’ll see.

  • http://none Latah Male

    Law and Order (SVU especially) franchise is THE feminist tv show. All the men who are not cops in that show are incompetent, amoral (especially sexually) or just plain scumbags. The extremely leftists cops in that show invaribaly talk down to them whenever they have to question one of them.

    • http://none Latah Male

      And actually I should say not feminist-but misadnric. To be fair there ARE bad women characters in that show-but usually even they are put in a more favorable even heroic light: They usually have had a man in their past that abused them into being that way.

  • Rogue_4

    Cmon friends. How bout “The UNIt” and “24”.

    • http://none Latah Male

      same shit

      • http://none Latah Male

        well….to me anyway, if you like the shows then sorry if I put them down

  • http://rebukingfeminism.blogspot.com Red0660

    First of all I wouldn’t recommend boys watch television as it is decidedly anti male. Older TV shows are available online like MacGyver and family shows like Wonder Years etc. I stopped watching TV around 10 years ago and literally
    have not turned it on since.

    I think it was around the time I saw the Tommy Girl cloths commercial where a guy and a girl were playing volley ball. She serves the ball and it hits the boy in the head knocking him unconscious. The commercial ends with her standing over the unconscious body of the boy while he lay on the ground motionless suffering from serve head injury. You only see her shoes and legs which appear giant next to the unconscious male. It then ends with the voice “Tommy Girl”.

    Anyway, American Pie is about sexual control and manipulation of men. It teaches boys to be pussy panderers and to relinquish all forms of self respect for themselves.

    These messages are served to boys in a way so as to teach them that the only way to consecrate a relationship with and express desires for a female is through prostrating oneself to her, self immolation, self flagellation, humiliation and abdication of any form of respect for the masculine as something inherently valuable to females and as such honorable courtship is absconded to the recesses of masculine culture.

    The entire movie was meant to promote the denigration of males and masculinity and impart upon them a weak and powerless identity. It was intended to promote “female empowerment” through emasculation of boys.

  • http://theduststorm.blogspot.com Dusty

    In his book “On Writing,” Stephen King talks about the girls that the character Carrie is based on. He tells a sad story of a girl who wore the same clothes to school everyday, as she came from a poor family. One day, she came to school with a brand new outfit, her hair done up a little nicer, a little different, just trying to escape the box that she was in. The other kids taunted her mercilessly. Soon, he said, the sweater faded, the sparkle left her eyes, until she was invisible again. He spoke of another girl- much the same. One girl commited suicide; the other had a seizure, and- because she lived alone- she died. King doesn’t moralize about it, but perhaps Carrie took a vicarious, vigilante justice for those two girls.

    If you want to see another beautiful sub-titled film, watch Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” It’s beautifully shot, and the story is so compelling, the characters so human, that- despite it’s 3.5 hour length- I can’t recommend it enough.

    I think it’s hilarious that you pointed out that if a girl plays with a penis, she isn’t a virgin. I have read that some high school girls take it in the butt and the mouth, but not vaginally, to remain “virgin.” How ridiculous!

    I think there needs to be some new terminology for these girls:

    vagin (vaj’ in), n., 1. a female who has engaged in oral and/or anal intercourse, but never vaginal.

    vaginity (vaj in’ itee), n., 1. the state of being a vagin.

    • http://none Latah Male

      LOL- vagin, vaginity….OH EXCELLENT Mr Dusty!!!

    • John A

      You can’t Go past Seven Samurai or any of Kurosawa’s work for that matter.

      • http://theduststorm.blogspot.com Dusty

        I’d like to check out his other stuff.

    • The Enlightener

      They’re called technical virgins.

  • http://none Latah Male

    You know…I realized now that I said “not feminist, but misandric” which reminds me how new I am at being Zeta because-there is NEVER, EVER any difference! At ANY time!

    Not ever.

  • http://truthjusticeca.wordpress.com/ Denis

    Mook is accurate, there are far too many comedies out there like that and they are marketed to young and curious teens on cable tv. I was a pre-teen when Porkys came out and I really wanted to see that movie, because it was about sex. It’s soft porn. I read National Lampoon and thought their movies were funny, but very dumb humor. We didn’t have that internet thingy back then to get access to real porn.

    We did a lot of dumb stunts, practical jokes and partied but I didn’t know anybody like the extreme pussy beggers on American Pie. The ones that got laid the most were the ones that were smart and STFU about it.

    In the 90s I started becoming more aware and disgusted by insult humor, the media is saturated with it.

  • Elder Swami

    I know where your coming from Merrick, I was mormon to and because of this missed the film, in that sense our religion had some great thingsgoing for it.

    • B.R. Merrick

      Aha! I knew it! Welcome, Elder! And thank you for offering to give the closing prayer.

      :)

      • Elder Swami

        lol

        Have u noticed that there is a lot of misandry in church culture as well? I think im going to write about it.

        • B.R. Merrick

          Yes, I’ve touched on the church’s misandry in a few previous articles. I’m sure I’m not done bitching yet.

          :)

          • MWPeak

            In which articles did you mention the church’s misandry? Thanks.

  • Piercedhog1210

    I was 18 when that movie came out. I remember i wanted to see it cuz it looked funny to me on the trailers and tv spots. I walked out half way through the movie. I felt as if there were female set parameters for the male characters and none at all for the female characters. The whole premise was stupid as hell. Great article!!! :)

  • Sleeper

    When I was a teen I used to refer to the lifetime network as the manhaters channel, and called my mothers favorite movie at the time her ‘Hate Session’- the movie was ‘Sleeping with the Enemy’. I saw those things as something that they made for divorced women (Like my mom) to keep their angst levels high and goad them to hate their former spouses. this got worse as i got older and now I’ll be darned if I can find a strong male role anywhere these days. Take a close look at the media, news, and novels presented, and I can not hardly find anything I consider healthy fo myself or my family. When will this madness stop?

    Rant over.

    • B.R. Merrick

      Rant accepted. I did see advertisements years ago for some Lifetime TV movie about an abusive wife, if you can believe that. It starred Judith Light from “Who’s the Boss?”.

      • silentblood

        That does not compute! The media is misandrist and that has been the paradigm for years.

        On a serious note, did you end up watching it? I bet it portrayed the woman as a victim.

        • B.R. Merrick

          I think I only saw a bit of it, and they did humanize her, but I don’t believe they gave her an excuse. Sorry, I can’t say that for certain.

          • Whitney

            It was call “Men Don’t Tell”. At one point she pushes him through a window.

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  • keith

    For those interested, a British movie from 1967 called “To Sir With Love” did at that time highlight the transition into adulthood. It wasn’t a comedy and held a completely different view of the male and his significant influence on youth.

    This is a clip on you tube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukONzCkxLkk&feature=related

    I would highly recommend the movie as a comparison to something more traditional from just 45 years ago.

  • Zarathos022

    Good thing I thought these movies were fucking stupid when they came out. You just gave me a WHOLE NEW reason to NEVER watch.

    Much thanks in advance, Mr. Merrick

  • MarkofWisdom

    I always hated this movie and movies like it, not only are they insulting they are also incredibly stupid, and when I say so people look at me like I’ve started speaking in Latin or something, glad to know I’m not the only person repulsed by these movies