Rude, crude play­ing field

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - Giuseppe Mirelli Los An­ge­les

Glen­nWhipp as­serts that Paul Feig is one of the most im­por­tant film­mak­ers in Hol­ly­wood be­cause he has oblit­er­ated the wall that sep­a­rates the sexes in comedies [“Point Made by Com­edy Genre Gen­der-Flip­ping,” June 14], or stated more ex­plic­itly, women can be as crude and crass as men, and peo­ple will flock to the the­aters for this type of en­ter­tain­ment.

Whipp also em­pha­sizes the im­por­tance of Feig’s films, but that im­por­tance is based solely on rev­enue, not on mean­ing­ful and thought-pro­vok­ing film­mak­ing. More­over, he claims the di­rec­tor “…is cre­at­ing emo­tion­ally hon­est fe­male char­ac­ters who are strong, funny and driv­ing the plot.” Nonethe­less, this plot is puerile and un­re­al­is­tic, with fe­male char­ac­ters whose strength em­anates from the pro­fuse pro­fan­ity they can spew out in one sen­tence.

Feig might have oblit­er­ated that wall to equal­ize the play­ing field, but by so do­ing, he’s also suc­cess­fully low­ered the stan­dards for both sexes.

Larry Horricks 20th Cen­tury Fox

PAUL FEIG has low­ered the stan­dards for both sexes, one reader writes.

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