Friday, December 21, 2007

Men and The Devil Wears Prada

I've been listening to the daily radio show hosted by the old ESPN anchor, Dan Patrick. It's male confession day. Several guys are confessing their girly-film watching sins, the most popular being The Devil Wears Prada. Of course, the guys say something of a catch-phrase among men nowadays - "I watched The Devil Wears Prada, and it's really not that bad." I'm betting that you know some guy who has swallowed his manhood and said the same thing.

I mentioned here why I think that film will have longer legs through the years than a number of more highly praised movies of last year. These statements reflect one reason - it's a female-centric film that men actually find entertaining. Another reason is simply that it's a female oriented film in a male-film oriented era, and nearly every female movie fan you know has seen it. On top of that, it looks like it will launch a couple careers for Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt, as well as one of the few impressive turns by Meryl Streep that caught the public fancy.

My other theory about the film is that it's Top Gun for women. Each movie is set in a glamor industry for the targeted sex. Hathaway is Maverick, the talented outsider who has to tame her instincts in order to succeed in her profession. Streep is Jester, the somewhat distant figure judging her success. Blunt is Iceman. That makes Stanley Tucci Goose. or .... anyway.

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