Coming Up In This Column: The Help, The Whistleblower, Red-Headed Woman, Hold Your Man, Fury, They Won't Forget, but first…
Fan Mail: Rob Humanick is thanking me for making sure I got the period at the end of the title of Crazy, Stupid, Love. I would love to accept kudos, but I only put in the commas. It was Keith Uhlich, our eagle-eyed editor, who picked up on the period business. This is not the first time, nor the last, that Keith has saved me from looking like a total idiot in print. Or rather in pixels.
I am afraid I am way too straight to see what David E. calls the "gay envy" in straight films. In the case of Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love. (see, I got the period right this time) Gosling's character seems to me to be a living embodiment of a guy obsessed with Hugh Hefner's 1950s Playboy ideal. As Freud said, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes a straight guy is just a straight guy.
The Help (2011. Screenplay by Tate Taylor, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett. 146 minutes)
Yipee, it's August, take one: That means there is finally a film in the multiplexes without stuff we have been inundated with all summer:
There are no comic book heroes.
There are no comic book characters from other Marvel comics that are only in this film to help promote future comic book movies.
There are no explosions, other than dramatic ones.
It is not, in any theater, in 3-D.
Nor is it in any Imax theaters.
There are no aliens.
It is not a tentpole for a future film series.
It is not the next, nor the last, tentpole from a previously established series.
There is not a single teenager in the film.
No actors change bodies in the course of this film.
There are no couples that are trying to have sex without emotional complications.
Except in reference to a certain pie, there is no use of bad language.
There are no fart, dick, or homophobic jokes.
There are no pirates, talking animals or talking cars in this film.
The African-American characters are not just in the film to be killed off so the white hero can get revenge.
However, just to let you know this is indeed a film from the summer of 2011, Emma Stone does appear in the film, but in a serious role.