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May 15, 2011
The Crew

Bridesmaids was marketed like a raunch-com centered on female friendship and the absurdities of weddings, but there's a whole lot more going on. The film's wide-ranging (and, to some, surprisingly cross-gender) appeal appeal is based on something far more universal.

Posted By Saralyn on/at 4/15/2010 11:41:00 PM

On an only vaguely academic note, sometimes I get the best texts from my youngest sister.  Some backstory: 

She's 13 years old and I have taken it upon myself to supplement her media diet of Fred videos, Nicholas Sparks movies and Twilight with classic films and a critical approach to her media consumption.  Sometimes it's like pulling teeth - honestly, how many 13 year olds (aside from a younger me) would go for a black and white, non-musical version of "My Fair Lady" (no matter how fabulous it may be) when they could watch the technicolor extravaganza?
But sometimes it's surprising how much she ends up liking them - and how they stick with her!  Today, she essentially sent me a "Name that movie!" text - a clip from "Pygmalion" (1938) (not the one above, but similar in quality) with the text "What movie is this from?"  It's been months and months since we watched the film and I'm honestly surprised she even remembers!

I also forced her to watch the 1952 version of "The Importance of Being Earnest", which is hilarious and absurd in a very dated way.  Not the most accessible film for a (pre?)teen, but she ended up liking it quite a bit once she got into it.  About a month ago I got a text from her that said "But your name is Earnest..but suppose it wasn't? Lol."

My sister is awesome.

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