Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lies Romantic Comedies Tell Us

Last night I went to see Friends With Benefits, a pretty funny (no, really!) romantic comedy about guy+girl+friendship+sex that predictably led to a relationship. The leads are played by Justin Timberlake, who can do no wrong, and Mila Kunis, best known as Jackie from That 70s Show and the hot chick that made out with Natalie Portman in Black Swan. (Mila is Jewish, which is why it works on this site.)

As I already mentioned, the movie was thoroughly enjoyable. The dialogue was snappy and mostly funny. I even learned a new phrase that I will use and forever cherish -- "twat block" -- but I do want to call out FWB for perpetuating a myth that can be found in all romantic comedies. No, I am not referring to the unlikely union of the two leads at the end. (Unlikely if it was reality instead of a movie that is.)

My issue is the easy sleep that the woman (in this case, Kunis' Jamie) falls into after having sex with Timberlake. I know that I don't speak for all women but after doing an informal survey of my friends, almost all agree that they rarely fall asleep easily or deeply with a new/different body in the bed. What I would like to see for once onscreen is that after sex, the guy passing out (as is often the case) and the girl tossing and turning until you finally settle into an uneasy sleep, waking up groggily a few hours to see him creep out of bed to find his pants. That's what I want to see in the next rom-com I go to.

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