I just got an email from one of my brothers (I’m in a co-ed fraternity, long story) asking people if they want to see a free advance screening of a movie at the local theatre.
From the trailer, this movie looks hilarious!!
Here’s the Facebook group advertising it for more details.
Would anyone be interested in seeing Sex Drive?
Go ahead and check out the trailer, if you have a few minutes of your life that you won’t miss. The short version: scrawny 18-year-old tells atrocious lies to a hot girl through AIM (“We open against Michigan in 2 weeks. Coach has got me hitting the bench pretty hard.” “So, how much do you bench?” Shoot! How much is a lot? “I’m puttin’ up 300.”) and then, when she shows interest in the totally fictional character he has invented for her, he steals an acquaintance’s”1969 GTO Judge” (which is, apparently, an awesome car) because, “When you roll up in a 69 GTO, she’s not gonna care what you look like.”
“Dude, you’re eighteen and you’ve never had a girlfriend. That’s how people wind up gettin’ gay.”
Do I really have to explain this? Really? Lying is bad. Stealing is bad. Doing these things to “get a girl” is worse, because it’s basically attempted rape. No, really– the idea is, that if you don’t lie to her, she won’t want you. That’s kind of inherent in the lying. In other words, you have to trick her into having sex with you. Consent under false premises is, guess what!, not consent. Sex without consent is, guess what!, rape. Just because you committed fraud to make your rape go more smoothly, that doesn’t make it any less rape. It makes it rape plus fraud. (And, in this case, grand theft auto.)
I can’t possibly be the only one who fails to find any of this funny. And yet, it’s nearly impossible to find a comedy that doesn’t rely on an awful lot of misogynistic jokes, and it seems to be getting worse, not better.
Before Superbad, it never would have occurred to me to ask Hollywood not to make movies that openly endorse rape. I don’t care how it ends, the protagonist begins the movie with the explicit goal of comitting rape, and we’re supposed to sympathize. And here’s another one, and the more I think about it, the more movies come to mind in which the main character attempts to trick a woman into sleeping with him against her will, and it’s all played for laughs.
So I guess the time has come. Hey, Hollywood! Stop making movies that endorse rape!