The Social Network, David Fincher's new film about the origins of Facebook, is being hailed as a masterpiece and a surefire Best Picture nominee. But is it also sexist? That's the charge being leveled against the movie by The Daily Beast's Rebecca Davis O'Brien. Explains O'Brien:
Women in the movie—apart from the lawyer and Erica, who sets the stage and disappears—are less prizes than they are props, buxom extras literally bussed in to fill the roles of doting groupies, vengeful sluts, or dumpy, feminist killjoys. They are foils for the male characters, who in turn are cruel or indifferent to them. ...
Complaining about misogyny in modern blockbuster cinema is about as productive as lamenting Facebook’s grip on our society. But what is the state of things if a film that keeps women on the outer circles of male innovation enjoys such critical acclaim; indeed, is heralded as the “defining” story of our age? What are we to do with a great film that makes women look so awful? ...
Compelling? Absolutely. Timeless? I guess we’ll see. I’m just not sure it’s [the] movie that defines my generation. Maybe just half of it.
And don't even get us started on Glengarry Glen Ross.
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