April 11, 2006

Movie Trailer Review Quote of the Week

Ross Douthat:

"The trailer for The Break-Up, the new Vince Vaughn-Jennifer Aniston vehicle, includes a remarkable scene. The couple has split up but still lives in the same apartment, and the Aniston character is looking for ways to make the Vaughn character pay more attention to her. "Go see Mischka, my personal waxer at the spa," a friend tells her, and "ask her for the Telly Savalas." And the next thing you know Aniston is parading naked through the apartment, showing off her waxed . . . well, you know, to Vaughn's goggling eyes...

As with breast implants, it's another instance of modern women taking their sexual cues from pornography, and from the male fantasy of what Tom Wolfe calls "a boy with breasts," but which might be more accurately described as a prepubescent girl with breasts. Jennifer Aniston isn't a bad icon for this shift: When she started out on Friends, she was fetchingly adorable, with curves and baby fat to spare. Fifteen years later, she's exercised, smoked and plastic surgerized herself into a weird, porn-like parody of a beautiful women - skinny, over-tanned, and all angles except for her still-pneumatic breasts. The waxing is just a small part of the pantomime, a final insult to the "natural" body she gave up on long ago.

- I was saying exactly the same thing about Aniston to my co-workers at lunch today, about 15 minutes before I read that. And the idea that women are more sexy when they look like 12-year-old girls is really one of the more ridiculous ideas to emerge in the past two decades.

I still want to see the movie, though.

Posted by Stephen Silver at April 11, 2006 02:37 PM

First off, I didn't know the Anistan had plastic surgery. And if she did, on what? She is too thin and tan, I agree about that.
But I do not see anything wrong with removing hair in places. And men should not have hairy backs or shoulders. It is not nice to look at or feel at all!

Posted by: A at April 11, 2006 04:49 PM
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