I guess it’s time to ‘fess up about a quirk of mine.
We all have those things, those pop culture things, for which we have to turn off our critical brains, switch off our rocking analysis and simply be entertained. Some friends of mine love action movies, some love sci fi/fantasy. As a Trekkie I understand. But one of my escapes has been my shameful secret until now.
I like rom coms.
Worse, I like schlocky Hollywood-style BAD rom coms.
Please don’t judge me.
Amongst my favourite rom com actors is Sandra Bullock, so when I saw my first ad for the movie “The Proposal” (while watching the Oscars earlier this year), I knew I would see it.
It received horrible reviews, so I knew what I was getting into when me and my friend A made our date for dinner and a movie last night.
Oh the lack of humanity.
The “plot” is that they work in publishing, hardworking sincere “everyman” Andrew is bitchy, mean Margaret’s executive assistant. A few early scenes show us what a horrible person she is, and that everyone hates her, including him. When she comes into the office people text things like “It’s here” and “The witch is on her broom”. She’s a Canadian and learns she’s about to be deported. She decides to force Andrew to marry her, and in a moment of faking the legitimacy of their relationship in front of the immigration officer, invites herself to his family’s celebration (in Alaska) of his grandmother’s birthday.
Bla bla they fall in love by the end.
Great. Sounds like a lovely waste of time for me and A. Turn off the brain and away we go.
But. There was racism.
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