Started by mens_issues, Jul 01, 2011, 06:16 PM
I wish I had kept a running tally of how many times characters say the words "men" and "women" and proceed to discuss gender roles in the most stereotypical way possible. Men are losers and porn addicts and women are creative and beautiful and that's the just the way things are, or so the script would have you believe.
The terrible script panders blatantly to the female audience by describing all the male characters as cliches and stereotypes. Steve Dibiasi is the typical bumbling idiot in Larry's speech class. Larry's neighbor Lamar (Cedric the Entertainer) is the cheapskate semi-swindler, always trying to get more money for items than they're worth at his year-round garage sale. He's like a used-car salesman: not a bad guy, but a little smarmy. Even Larry Crowne himself is basically a boyish man-child. He's overly messy because he's a single man living alone. He needs a woman to help him arrange his house and his life. Apparently, we can't even take out our own trash. What would we men do without women? According to Nia Vardalos, we'd all be helpless and hopeless.