It’s Complicated is stupidly simple
Here’s another story line that revolves around the tired “men are from Mars and women are from Venus” trope, courtesy of the folks over at Mzansi Magic.
According to its producers, It’s Complicated “follows the lives of seven Jozi characters who are dealt with life challenges while they are busy making plans. Confronted with the choices of love and marriage, family and friendship, loyalty and expectation, they face off against the future.”
I must admit that the show has great production quality, but the storytelling is really poor.
By the second episode, it had succeeded in declaring that women, often portrayed as crazily desperate when single, are in fact outright loony and desperate for an engagement ring.
Honestly, there’s no end to the number of articles, TV shows and movies that emphasise women’s fears and anxieties about love and marriage.
I concede that getting engaged is something many women dream about, but there is a growing number of us across the globe who aren’t dying to be engaged, married and the mother of 2.5 children by the time we’re 25.
The men in the show demonstrate very little intelligence or modern-male qualities. One is a philandering pervert of sorts, while the others come across as mere puppets. But the most grating part about the new drama is its insinuations.
I’ll spell it out. According to It’s Complicated, everything a woman does should revolve around a man and, ultimately, lead to marriage.
The show touts itself as investigating the struggles of the modern woman, but instead bombards us with the notion that finding a Prince Charming and having the “perfect” wedding is all we can strive for.
STRAIGHTFORWARD In It’s Complicated, the men are simpletons and the women are dying to get married