The Losers – Men and Women and Sex in American Movies?

What’s wrong with many American male directors and women and sex?

Just caught the DVD/Blu-Ray release of The Losers, a good-natured and sometimes witty middle of the road action adventure film.  Talented actors.  Lots of things blowing up.  Fun.

And you’ve got to love  a strong female protagonist who isn’t just someone’s girlfriend.   Aisha (Zoë Saldaña) has her own agenda and complexities.

But you have to wonder, is there anything between brutal violence and soft core porn?  The initial fight scene between Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Aisha was needlessly savage.  It’s pretty clear from the set up that these two are going to hook up.  Do we need an analogy? Mr. and Mrs. Smith anyone?

I’m also not sure we needed to see Max (Jason Patric) blow away a female assistant for a mistake with an umbrella.  His character was already established.

And sorry it bothers me when women and men have knock down, drag out fights.  Normalizing the sight of women getting kicked, punched in the face or thrown just isn’t cool with me.   Will it put female actors on a par with male stars and action movie pay days?  Salt did well.  But at what price?

The average man tends to be stronger than the strongest woman.  When you look at violence against women around the world — the rape of the Haitian women, the Bosnian women before them, domestic violence, and on and on, cartoon movie violence seems like a very unprofitable fantasy for women and girls.

We need more French filmmakers in American film schools!   Now there’s a country that’s got a handle on on-screen sex.


About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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