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The Loser

  1. 2. <ul><li>Differs greatly from the conventional/ideal cinematic romantic male (Clooney, RIGHT) </li></ul><ul><li>An ‘Average Joe’ – not attractive, physically fit, wealthy or successful </li></ul><ul><li>Depictions of the slacker/juvenile, irresponsible loser male/men in emotional trauma: objects of ridicule </li></ul><ul><li>Disinterested in work/education orientated goals </li></ul><ul><li>Narrative shows a white male fantasy – Loser as victorious, overcoming obstacles and ‘getting the girl’ </li></ul><ul><li>Comedy constructed from male inadequacies/failures/lack of responsibility/lack of ‘traditionally’ heroic qualities </li></ul><ul><li>Often depict an all male ‘escape’ – a safe and supportive world away from the judgemental female </li></ul><ul><li>Depict ‘Guy Love’ – close male friendships which generate comedy </li></ul><ul><li>Show women in the Post Feminist era – ambitious, career driven </li></ul>
  2. 3. Film: Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  3. 4. <ul><li>As you watch the introduction; make a note of the equlibrium and disequlibrium as it is established. </li></ul><ul><li>Also take notes on how Peter is established as a typical Loser stereotype. In opposition to typical notions of masculinity. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Peter displayed as naked: vulnerable </li></ul><ul><li>Average male body </li></ul><ul><li>No traditional ‘phallic power’ </li></ul><ul><li>Female Gaze is repulsed (female viewer & Sarah Marshall) </li></ul><ul><li>The emotional male: Comedy derived from Peters’ emotional turmoil </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Aldous is Peter’s ‘binary opposite’ (35 – 37 mins) </li></ul><ul><li>Task: Make a list of the binary opposites that exist between these two men. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Occupation in ‘The Arts’ – Composer or ‘Musician’, requires no Physical Strength/Power </li></ul><ul><li>Displays ‘Stereotypical’ Female traits: Highly emotional: Cries after intercourse </li></ul><ul><li>No sexual ‘prowess’ – poor sexual performance </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual/experienced </li></ul><ul><li>The classic ‘Bad Boy’; has a history; tattooed; rock star </li></ul><ul><li>Lion’s wild ‘mane’ of black hair/Wears black leather/studded/figure hugging clothing </li></ul><ul><li>Self references Brand’s own persona </li></ul><ul><li>Uses sexual innuendo – i.e. his Charity single ‘We gotta DO something’ </li></ul>
  7. 8. Film: Knocked Up
  8. 9. Comparative Analysis: Pretty Woman & Knocked Up
  9. 10. <ul><li>Follows a distinct narrative pattern: </li></ul>EQUILIBRIUM: Men established as failures, incapable, unstable, vulnerable, loser-esque Show INTRO!!
  10. 11. Grown men engaged in juvenile activity Connotations of the boxing gloves are subverted
  11. 12. <ul><li>Follows a distinct narrative pattern: </li></ul>RE-EQUILIBRIUM: Loser proves that he is okay. Loser emerges victorious, loved and appreciated DISRUPTION: Judgemental & Disappointed Female Antagonist provides obstacle for the male, provoking feelings of insecurity. Loser embarks on a journey of self discovery.
  12. 13. MASCULINITY in the ‘Traditional’ Rom-Com <ul><li>Men have a higher status (business exec, tycoon, celebrity, athlete) and are less likely to be shown in the home – the fast paced world of business is common. </li></ul><ul><li>Masculinity is associated with efficiency, competition, ruthlessness, not in touch with feelings </li></ul><ul><li>The male hero is strong, aggressive, assertive, takes the initiative, is independent, competitive and ambitious. </li></ul>Clip: Pretty Woman Intro to Edward’s
  13. 14. Edward’s (Richard Gere) introduced as a ‘man of mystery’; High Angle shots pan behind him
  14. 15. <ul><li>As you watch the two clips make notes on how Masculinity is represented by the differing films. (I fully understand that this is motivated by genre for the most part) </li></ul>
  15. 16. Ben’s pale, out of shape physique; sexually inadequate Edward’s (Richard Gere) hunky, muscular, idealised torso – the dominant sexual male/protective embrace
  16. 17. <ul><li>Gastrosexual – Gordon Ramsay </li></ul><ul><li>Mentertainers – Come Dine With Me </li></ul><ul><li>Mad Men </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Tiger Woods/Philanderers/Tabloids </li></ul><ul><li>Earl & Tiger: </li></ul><ul><li>Old Spice – The Man your Man could smell like. (see screenagers) </li></ul>