What to watch: TV characters that didn’t stand the test of time. Plus, ‘American Rust’ and what we want to see at the VMAs
One night this week, I was in a heavy camping mood, so I turned on “Death Becomes Her,” the 1992 dark comedy that in no way deserves the cast it already has ( Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis).
The film tells the story of two women with a long-standing feud – Madeline (Streep) and Helen (Hawn) – who sign an illegitimate contract in an effort to stay young forever.
20-Year-Old Spoiler Warning: Madeline robs Helen (Willis)’s man from her, propelling her into an emotional spiral. In her darkest moments, Helen is said to be overweight (with Hawn in a chubby suit), lives in an apartment with too many cats, binge eats cakes in front of the TV, obsessed with the idea of get even with Madeline. She was arrested and taken to a hospital.
Yes, the movie is camp, but since the fat clothes hit the brain this week (see below), I can’t believe I’ve been stumbling across this scene for years and have no problem with oh- so -many problematic and harmful messages it is sending.
Then I started thinking about television and all those characters that look so different with the 2021 goggles.
However, thinking deeper, there are many other things, for example:
- Creepy TV sitcom – I’m looking at you “How I Met Your Mother” Barney Stinson, who introduced a generation of men to the so-called “hot/crazy scale”. Also you, Dennis Finch from “Just Shoot Me.” The problem is, these people have never Not admittedly scary in their shows, but they went to great lengths to make the audience see through it rather than getting the characters to stop their behavior.
- The ‘dumb’ blondes – Poor, Chrissy Snow and Kelly Bundy. Your creators owe the blonde generations an apology. While, Heidi from “Home Improvement” isn’t a blonde, but I wish someone would write a reboot where the once miniaturized woman “Tool Girl” runs a valuable construction company Millions of dollars hired Al and Tim until they died from unfortunate accidents involving power tools. (As a reminder that Pamela Anderson, the blonde, was the original tool girl Lisa, and made room for Heidi.)
- Everything about “Complete any male house” – I was at a bar once when I overheard a Wall Street friend at another table talking about his favorite show “Two and a Half Men” and then calling his bar “” adultery bar”. I left. No further comments.
- And don’t start with the older shows, as CNN’s Brian Lowry reminded me. “‘Honeymoon ‘ is a classic comedy, for good reason,” he writes. But even if it were understood he would never actually do it, it wouldn’t be cool to watch Jackie Gleason’s Ralph Kramden threaten to pull and knock his wife Alice (Audrey Meadows). way to the moon. “
Good news: Television is doing better. The bad: Mistakes are still being made. Fact: I’m not even sure this stretch will last, so all we can do is try and learn from our mistakes.
Some have praised the show for giving the women in this scandal back their voices, but one episode in the series, only Monica Lewinsky actually sang here. Lewinsky, the show’s producer, succeeded in recreating her story. The show’s image, on the other hand, is larger than it’s intended, leaving it starving a bit for grace.
‘American Rust’ is a bit rusty
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7 Things I Do and Don’t Want to See at VMAs
I’m a young person who remembers when the MTV Video Music Awards was one of the biggest nights of the year. And while I wouldn’t say the same is still true, it’s safe to assume they’ll draw in more viewers than a repeat of “Beat Bobby Flay” airing on the Food Network and less than football. With modest rating expectations in mind, I humbly present to you my hopes for one of the weekend’s biggest nights.
DO: Explain to me what the Kelly Shooter is.
IMPOSSIBLE: Running late. Grandma needs to go to sleep.
DO: Reminds everyone why the MTV VMAs are so much fun.