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Blonde Ambition May 11, 2007

Posted by Rob Anne in Uncategorized.
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Working Girl remake with extra misogyny, hold the talent and the wit.

This has to be the worst trailer I’ve ever seen. It almost looks like a parody of a bad trailer. This movie looks:

a) awful

b) ridiculous

c) stupid

d) unfunny

e) badly acted

f) A cheap rip-off of Legally Blonde (complete with Luke Wilson!)

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1. sindhub - May 11, 2007

The part where they try to channel Marilyn Monroe is the most annoying…

2. rachaelg - May 11, 2007

I admit it’s a pretty bad trailer, but do you think there could be a girlpower message in there somewhere? Something along the lines of “do things for yourself, not for your man?”

3. ajaramillo - May 11, 2007

I think the director tried to put in a “girl power” message, but it looks like it will get lost amidst the blonde jokes and bad physical comedy. I completely agree that it looks like a bad Legally Blonde (which is too bad, because I actually like that movie and it does have a good girl power message).

4. erinsull - May 12, 2007

The thing that struck me the most about this trailer is that the two executives are blatantly manipulating Simpson’s character. I’m assuming that in the end she will somehow overcome their tricks and prove the true intelligence buried underneath all that klutziness and blonde hair, but still the reason she starts working is because she literally falls into their trap. In movies like Working Girl and even Legally Blonde at least the lead female character, who only appears dumb of course, has some agency in her success.

The movie isn’t even trying to pretend that its actually about her succedding in the workplace or in the big city. With the tag line “somehow you don’t have to chase a dream to fall in love” we already are being told that the big payoff is not going to come in her landing the contract (working Girl) or winning the case (Legally Blonde). Instead it’s going to come in Luke Wilson falling in love with her despite her superficial, dumb exterior (I guess he has a type).

This got me thinking about the discussion we had in class concerning how much things are marketed at tweens. This is Working Girl for the 11-13 year old girl set. Why does that mean that the main focus now has to be on her love interest, and her success has to be based on manipulation not motivation? Is it just a case of “dumbing down” the message for the tween set, do marketers assume those are the aspects that tweens will appreciate?

5. lindamc - May 13, 2007

Can I add that it channels the southern power thing I’ve been annoyingly pushing in class? Clearly this movie is pro conservative southern girls, and con bitchy NY girls… Anyway…I also agree it looks amazingly terrible…amazing


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