‘Tit For Tat’ Films of 2008

Guys, have you ever made your girlfriend or just a friend of the opposite sex go to a movie that will most likely only excite those who are charged with testosterone? You ever notice how the girl agrees without a fight?  That is because just like sexual favors, we want to be paid back in full….with interest.  You make us go see an over the top action film, we will remember that, (because after all we remember everything :P) and will use that as an excuse to make you sit through a chick flick that you wouldn’t even dream of watching.  So here is my list of “tit for tat” films that come out around the same time that both sexes will most likely watch if they’re forced to see one or another. (Girls, take NOTES!)
 


Cloverfield/27 Dresses-I will use this as my first example, because last Friday when I had went to see Cloverfield for the second time, I saw the ULTIMATE battle of the sexes between couples.  Couples were fighting over which movie to watch. The girls were complaining about getting motion sickness. The men were complaining about getting “chick flick” sickness. Unfortunately for a lot of the guys, most ‘Cloverfield’ shows were sold out.  Lot’s of women were smiling….lot’s of men were swearing.


RAMBO 4/The Other Boleyn Girl-One of my good guy friends is taking me to Rambo tonight. I don’t remember Rambo 1-3, but I said I would go. He doesn’t know, that I will remember this day when it comes to making him watch a movie of MY choice. Since, the only girl movie I’m interested in seeing this year is coming into theatres May 30th….I’d say he’s screwed.   However, if you’re a guy who takes his girl to see ‘Rambo’, you already know you will have to succumb to watching a romantic movie because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner anyways.  (If you’re going to go down, go down swinging!) ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ is coming out in February, and it’s a period piece. YAWN! On the other hand, at least you get to ogle Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman for 2 plus hours.


Indiana Jones 4/What Happens in Vegas-If you take a girl who somehow is not a fan of the Indiana Jones franchise, and can’t get her excited to want to go because Harrison Ford is too old to be sexy anymore, then I’m sorry to say, but you will probably have to make up for it somehow.  Try watching ‘What Happens in Vegas.’ It seems like a silly and stupid comedy with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, but as long as it’s not sappy…I think you’ll be able to survive.


The Dark Knight/The Friday Night Knitting Club-Okay guys, if your girl wants to see ‘The Friday Night Knitting Club’ over ‘The Dark Knight’, DUMP HER.


IRON MAN and HULK/ SEX AND THE CITY movie and He’s Just Not That Into You-I know there are plenty of you guys who are uber thrilled about the new ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Hulk’ movies.  A lot of you got even more excited when you heard there was an interconnecting scene in both films. So, let me warn you now, if you make a girl watch both of these movies because they cross over, be prepared to watch two movies that you DON’T want to see. (Or maybe lie about not wanting to see. :P)  ‘Sex and the City’ is the ULTIMATE chick flick of the year. You will probably be subjected to this anyway. However, ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ is based off a book that was based off a speech from Ron Livingston in a ‘Sex and the City’ episode. (You see that cross-over there?) If you don’t want to hear the back story to this, and don’t want to sit through two ‘Sex and the City-esque’ films, do NOT make your girlfriend watch both comic book movies. (Unless she WANTS to see them.)
 


Wanted/Mamma Mia:The Movie-Angelina Jolie in an action film is always bound to attract many men, however if you take your date out to this movie, and spend the time watching Angelina’s “fill in the blank” lips, then you will get punished.  She might make you watch this ABBA inspired musical, so be warned. Girls, if your man actually is just as excited to see ‘Mamma Mia’ as you are, please note you are in EXTREME denial about something. ;)


Bond 22/The Women-I don’t know many guys who don’t like Bond. (If you don’t, please make yourselves known on this board!) I don’t know many guys who take their girlfriends to see Bond movies either. (They seem to know better.) If you take a girl to see the next Bond film, you might have to endure a chick flick. I’m not talking about any chick flick…I’m talking about an ALL female cast (without killer monsters in a cave :P) that bond and BASH men throughout the entire movie.  You REALLY wanna deal with that? ;)


Star Trek/Fame-I think you guys might be able to easily manipulate your non trekkie girlfriend into seeing the new Star Trek film coming out in December if only for the eye candy. However, the film adaptation of ‘Fame’ is also coming out that weekend….so watch out! (Again girls, please refer back to number 6 if he is just as excited as you are to see this film.)

So in closing, although all girls don’t like chick flicks and all guys don’t like action flicks, I know plenty of them who are excited about these “one gender driven” films. My advice is to save the guy and chick films for guys’ and girls’ night out!  (If only for your sanity.)

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39 thoughts on “‘Tit For Tat’ Films of 2008

  1. @WolfMaruader.
    Telling you to shush in an earlier reply was immature, so I apologize. You do have a right to your opinion. And though I have never observed you making a comment chastising the guys for making comments about women on this site, I’ll go ahead and take your word for it.

    All the same I still feel that Serena’s comment was innocent enough as are most of the comments made by the guys. I’m just as guilty drooling over actors I feel are hot.

    If we want to get right down to it we could say this whole article is sexist because it is sterotyping the movies men and women want to see. The thing is this applies to a whole lot of men and women, at least when it comes to the people I know. Though I tend to fall into the guy catagory of movie watching with the exception of having an unhealthy love for period piece romantic films. LoL

  2. NBAkid2000:

    I’m used to people believing I am gay, since I probably am the gayest straight man on the planet. I’m referring to the other people who clearly do have a problem with this sort of thing. Serena is totally free to make jokes about this stuff – it’s when people start to think it’s actually true that it causes a problem, and it causes a BIG problem.

    Meli:

    You’d better believe I consider that sexism as well. Look around, and you’ll find more posts by me on the same topic in regards to what they say.

    Ultimately, my response to this has nothing to do with me throwing a tantrum because I didn’t like the joke. It’s because these things are representational of a greater divide in our culture, an attitude of implied sexism towards both genders that is either ignored, or when it is acknowledged, it is played for laughs. This issue is very important to me, and if you look at a post like mine and assume I’m just hypocritically reacting to the message simply because it was written by Serena, then YOU need to shush.

  3. I hated Sex and the City. Some of the girls I know liked it, some also disliked it or didn’t care for it. My girlfriend simply doesn’t care for it. And if the girl I date would think the upcoming movie was the ULTIMATE movie, I would SERIOUSLY think of dumping her. The music, the movies, the books you like usually reflect your soul and personality – and if my girl would love THAT crap, it means that we’re WAY too different than I initially thought.

  4. Fickman isn’t attached to direct the movie, and I’m not sure that he ever actually was. They don’t even have a locked script for it yet, which is why it hasn’t been cast yet. There’s no way it’ll come out this Christmas, given that the writers’ strike is still going on. No script, no direct, no cast, etc. = no Christmas release date.

  5. Hey guys,

    thanks for all the comments….and thanks for the ppl backing me up. To the people who overly offended by the mamma mia statement…honestly, it was a joke, and besides what’s wrong with ppl thinking you might be homosexual? Is there anything wrong with that? Two of you got WAY too upset about even the thought about your sexuality being questioned. Maybe you guys are the ones with the problem.

    EmilyK, that was a great solution!

    Btw…I saw Rambo last night…was actually glad I was dragged to it. My friend hated it. :P

  6. i went with 20 of my best friends we all brought our girl friends and they loved it and my mom and sister love bond and more girls i know love bond cause he is the man he is charming and sweaty with hot girls they envy the girls with bond plus he drives chick magnets no girl would think an astion martin is sexy if it were not for bond oh and he made bentey huge yea that is what he drove in the books not bmw and Astin Martin well Daniel Crieg gets the girls hot i got some after that movie so yea bond is for girls i think its the best dating movie unless its your first date. you be at dinner to listen and learn about them unless you want to get in there pants then take them to a horror movie.

  7. @Meli: ok, I take this as an indication that women tend to have more taste than I previously imagined and that my female environment appears to be slightly deviant in their mating rituals. I should have realised that when one friend explained in detail what she would have done had she found Daniel Craig in her garage, bound nakedly onto a bottomless chair. It had to do with torture, allright, but nothing with knotted ropes. was one of the more fun conversations…

  8. @WolfMarauder – question? When John or Doug or Rodney make sexual comments regarding any pretty woman, whether they can act or not, on this blog isn’t that being sexist? Um. I believe it is. Do I care? No. People are too fucking PC and sensitive these days. If Serena wants to be funny with what could be viewed as a sexist comment then she so what. Unless you’re going to complain about how the men on this site view one of the Jessicas then you need to shush.

    @ThoHa – while there is eye candy in a Bond film, depending on who is playing Bond, you are flat out wrong in your statement. I am one of the few women I know who are into seeing a Bond flick. Personally, I don’t watch Bond flicks for the man – if that was the case I would have stopped the moment Pierce was cast as Bond. And I would never have watched ANY of the Roger Moore films…was he sexy?? Any women who read this blog, did you think Moore was sexy?

  9. the only human beings I know who have an insatiable hunger for the next Bond film and the next and the next are women. Or girls, rather. What other reason can there be to watch the same lame story filmed over an over again if not a hormone-induced desire to abuse Conner-Moore-Lazenby-Dalton-Craig’s naked and helpless body?

  10. I can’t stand chick flicks. Fuck ’em all. They belittle and demean women. You can have a great job, great family, great social life, but if you don’t have a man, you ain’t SHIT!

    But if you feel like being empowered Serena, watch a flick called Salt of The Earth. I just watched it in my film class, and it is 300 for women. Just a group of women standing up against their chauvinist husbands. I felt like beating my fucking chest and going agghh agghh agghh like the Spartans did.

  11. @ Wolfmarauder

    She didn’t say the guys were in denial about their sexuality, she said the girls were in denial about their boyfriends’ sexuality.

    I honestly can’t believe some of you guys are taking Serena’s post THAT seriously as to freak out over being called gay if you like musicals. Lighten up, or I’m gonna think you guys ARE in denial, because any dude who was that secure in his sexuality would NOT make this an issue.

  12. Serena, I can’t speak for Roy, but as someone who DOES want to see Mamma Mia, and also happens to be straight and male, I find it INCREDIBLY sexist for you to try and imply that I’m probably in denial about my sexuality. Using your logic, it’d be the same thing to imply that every girl who wants to see Wanted that weekend instead must be a closet lesbian. Please.

    I know you’re just trying to be funny, but there’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it – your post IS sexist. Wouldn’t call you a sexist idiot – just sexist.

  13. Hey i disagree with the bond one, i took a girl to the last one and we both had a great time, she loved it, i loved it and it was just grand. don’t know what your talking about there, she even cried at the end lol.

  14. On the subject of chick flicks, I actually like them. I have no problem seeing them or admitting it.

    On that note, I was sitting around with 3 guys one night and they decided ( 2 of them being classical musical lovers and such) to pull out “Phantom of the Opera” and were practically orgasming through it the entire time. THAT was a different type of experience.

    On the fair side, we had just finished “Dragon Wars” because they apparently thought the trailer looked cool…boy were they disappointed. hahahahaha

  15. My picks:

    *27 Dresses (picked this just because I like Katherine H.)

    *The Other Boleyn Girl (never seen any of the Rambo movies…so I don’t care to see them)

    *Indiana Jones 4 (Woman like adventure too you know!)

    *The Dark Knight (Who would be stupid enough to pick a movie about knitting over a Batman movie?) (Plus, I want to see Heath’s last movie)

    *Neither Iron man or Sex and the City. I don’t care to see Iron man. Sex and the City show annoyed me to no end (the few episodes that I did watch).

    *Bond 22 (Daniel Craig…duh!)

    *Neither star trek or fame.

  16. I actually have two friends (who are brothers) that have no interest in (and have never seen:

    Bond
    Star Wars
    Indiana Jones
    Batman
    Star Trek

    but are into:

    Family Guy
    Norm MacDonald
    Tom Green
    The Farrelly Bros.

  17. Serena while this article doesn’t relate to me, personally, I think it is completely valid for many people out there. I have friends who have no problem dragging their men to chic flicks.

    Of course I feel it’s a slow form of torture for the guy and if the woman is in a relationship with the man she dragged to the chic flick she better put out that night. It’s only fair! :)

    For myself I am looking forward, rather anxiously, to seeing all the “guy” flims listed above with the exception of Rambo.

    Of the chic flicks I’m only looking forward to The Other Boleyn Girl, which I sure will disappoint me because I loved the book, but I will go see it anyway.

    When it comes to the movie relationship between my husband and me I do not make him watch chic flicks, if there happens to be one I want to see I either A) Go by myself or B) Grab one of my girlfriends.
    The funny thing about my relationship is I’m the action/comic movie lover. Should I drag my husband to one these flicks he’ll enjoy it, but it is not a movie he would chose and will likely not fall in love with. What does he like? Comedies and to my dismay stupid comedies, but thank goodness he even has a little bit taste, not much, but a little. Fortunately he does go along with a lot of my drama choices and enjoys expanding his mind on a deeper level. For that I’m thankful!

  18. I am not a Bond fan. I have not seen all the Bond films. While I enjoy them when I see them, I dont go out of my way for them. I missed Casino Royale despite that it was given good reviews. But I dont think I would choose Mama Mia or The Women (which I have not heard of til now) over it. I would probably find a middle ground somewhere between all the testosterone and estrogen heavy films. That is to say, if I was intending on seeing a movie in the theaters.

  19. oh my lord Roy….

    I was trying to be funny….and I’m not a sexist idiot. But since we’re on the topic, I have yet to meet a straight man openly super excited about a Mamma Mia. NOt saying, he can’t be excited for it…just I’ve never seen a straight man say “Oh my god! I need to see the MAMMA MIA movie!” It’s not sexist…it’s statistics… Why are you so defensive? Is it because YOU are SUPER EXCITED for ‘Mamma Mia?’ :P

  20. Got a problem with people men who want to see Mamma Mia? Ugh. Sorry. I guess I don’t pass your “test”.

    Plus, seeing as how I have a ton of female friends who are excited for Star Trek, Indiana Jones, and many who enjoyed Cloverfield, I have to say that this post is stuck in 1945 talking about 2008 film.

    I will be seeing every one of these films, and likely enjoying many.

  21. I don’t know if Serena is trying to be funny or is a sexist idiot. “so be warned. Girls, if your man actually is just as excited to see ‘Mamma Mia’ as you are, please note you are in EXTREME denial about something.” Wow I thought this kind of idiocy mostly came from teen age boys but here is a woman spouting it. Women like you enjoy having men jump through hoops to validate their masculinity, while men should be thrilled that they pass your heterosexuality test. What, because some one has a dick, he can’t be heterosexual and like musicals, comedy, flowers, color. Maybe some day will stop letting others define us because of our genders. Serema that was an immature, sexist remark and what is sad is some poor straight smuck who might have liked “Mama Mia” or some other musical won’t go see it because he will be terrified of being labeled gay or not masculine enough.

  22. I’ve made a deal w/ my wife, I pick the movies we see in the theater, she picks the movies we rent on DVD. Works out well, cause during the DVDs I can get up a take a long time to get a beer or something.

  23. You know this is a wonderful argument and one that I am glad to not be a part of…

    I think the significance is that “The Gays” can easily identify with both. I’m not saying the most virile of men can’t or don’t — it’s just I think most breeder men don’t appreciate those emotions that are stirred up with romance movies or that it makes them less of men to admit it.

    But then and again, I could be doing to them the exact same thing they do to us… Huh.

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