Sorry, Chick Flicks: We're Just Not That Into You

Genre too often relies on 'clichés, hateful caricatures' of womanhood
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2009 11:10 AM CST

(Newser) – Where have all the Carrie Bradshaws and Bridget Joneses gone? The women of flicks like Bride Wars and Confessions of a Shopaholic are pale imitations of those relatively feisty heroines, “variously neurotic, idiotic, label-obsessed, weight-obsessed, man-obsessed or wedding-obsessed, and often all at the same time,” Kevin Maher complains in the Times of London.

Citing “institutionalized schadenfreude,” one scholar says heroines “are getting dumber and dumber.” Writes Maher, “The reason for all this sinister discord is ultimately, of course, men,” abetted by women's lack of creative control in Hollywood. His solution: “Motivate women away from chick flicks and towards the few edgier, more interesting movies that might normally go unnoticed.” Last Chance Harvey, anyone?