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August 23, 2002

"Good Girl" Rerereredux

Michael

I actually had mixed feelings about "The Good Girl." It was quite funny in parts, but I basically disliked the central character, and it pissed me off to see her screw everybody over without any style or flamboyance or other redeeming social value.

I would have liked it better in one of two variants: (1) either you had to know more about her, and see why (from her point of view) she was entitled to do anything she wanted (for her version of the greater good), or (2) the movie needed to be more distanced and stylized, like a Roadrunner cartoon, so you didn't take the suffering she caused seriously.

I think the latter would have had to kind of zoom in on the masochistic thrill that she provided the men in her life, a la Wiley Coyote. In other words, I would have been happier if she was either more full of life or more of a bitch.

Or maybe I just wanted to be watching a Roadrunner cartoon. Beep, beep!

Cheers,

Friedrich

posted by Friedrich at August 23, 2002




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