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Filmism.net Dispatch September 4, 2011

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Along with the renaissance of R rated comedies (soon to be a flood if Hollywood follows its usual s.o.p.) thanks to Bridesmaids and The Hangover Part II, I'm noticing another trend emerging. It's the perfect place for wish fulfilment for screenwriters (and by extension, directors) when it comes to casual sex.

Watch any movie with contemporary 20 or 30-something men and there's a good bet you'll see a particular character who has so much success with women they're virtually dropping at his feet from a single smirk. Ryan Reynolds you can almost believe, but gorgeous chicks throwing themselves at the dorky-looking Jason Sudekis in Horrible Bosses?

If you wanted to be a writer and you were a movie fan at school or university you were probably kind of a nerd and you dreamed about that mythical guy's life. So when Hollywood sends you money to write something, he's the guy you write. But here's the problem. Other than obscenely rich movie stars very few men have that life, no matter how good looking they are or how the movies try to convince us otherwise. Films from even before the 2011 comedy blockbusters prompted me to write about it here and here.

As I write this, the internet is having a field day with the yet further changes George Lucas has made to the Star Wars film with the release of the entire six part saga on Blu-ray. But I've never heard anyone else mention the big continuity error that's been there from day one. Here's my reasoning.

I also watched the least profitable movie in history recently, Zyzzyx Rd.

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