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Tommy Ross and the Prom Date February 27, 2007

Posted by kelly in Carrie, teen films.
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This is just a quick post to comment on the common theme of the hot, popular guy asking the shy, awkward girl to prom. It’s interesting because I expected Carrie to immediately fall for Tommy Ross’ advances. Instead, she immediately suspects trickery and even after the gym teacher tells Carrie that perhaps Tommy actually likes her, Carrie still refuses to be his prom date until she has to agree to get him to leave. My expectations arise from the scenario that is common in many contemporary teenage films such as “She’s All That,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” and “Never Been Kissed.” In all of these films a boy asks a supposedly pathetic and ostracized girl to the prom either to win a bet, earn money, or to trick her for their own (and their pretty, popular girlfriend’s) amusement. In the former two, as well as in “Carrie,” the advances of the popular boy lead to tremendous evolutions in the female character – she undergoes a huge makeover and her classmates begin to see her in a new light. Of course it is a male that aids in her femininization. It is interesting though, that only in these more modern versions of this motif does the girl actually fall for it. Although in “Carrie,” the protagonist does eventually fall prey to the cruelty of the popular girls, at least she is not originally gullible and ignorant. I’m just wondering why the more contemporary films, the ones we would expect to be more progressive, are the ones that present the women as easily fooled and victimized.

I’m sure this is an oversimplification, I just had it in my head and thought I’d share it!

Some powerful females February 25, 2007

Posted by erinsull in Carrie.

I’ve been thinking alot about the male roles in Carrie. Females are obviously the focus of the movie. They are the ones with the power and the agency, the ones who are making the decisions that drive the action. However most of the time they are using the power in destructive ways. The men for the most part are not particularly powerful, but that also means they are for the most part not responsible for the evil and destruction the movie culminates in. Yes the John Travolta character helps with the prank, but he is essentially the dumb pawn of his vicious girlfriend (who is so driven by hatred she talks about Carrie during sex). Yes Tommy brings Carrie to the prom, but he only does so because Sue wants him to. On the other hand the evil perpetuated by the girls, Carrie’s mother, and eventually Carrie herself are entirely of their own volition. So although we are seeing females in control, we only really see them use that control to do terrible things. The female characters who aren’t doing terrible things(Miss Collins, Carrie in the beginning) don’t have much control over what is going on. So are we supposed to take away that with power comes evil? And is it enpowering that women are in control here with men merely acting as pawns, or does the fact that it results in death and destruction negate that?

Which brings me to the character of Sue. I was confused about her (more…)