In Knight & Day, a normal woman meets a man who’s some kind of crazy secret agent, and she gets dragged along on his adventures. I’ve seen the trailer four or five times now, and not once have I had even the slightest interest in seeing the film.
It’s not just Tom Cruise, though he seems to be playing a hyperactive version of himself. It’s that Cameron Diaz – or her character, anyway – looks so very, very stupid. She’s a woman, see, and there are guns and punching and explosions, oh my. Screaming and hijinks ensue.
I probably wouldn’t have thought too much about it if not for seeing the trailer for Killers, in which a normal woman meets a man who’s some kind of crazy secret agent, and gets dragged along on his adventures. Screaming and hijinks ensue.
Granted, a movie trailer does not always accurately depict the final product. But a trailer is also supposed to sell the final product, and these trailers appear to be selling movies where women act like complete idiots when separated from their daily routines.
My first inclination is to ask “Is this really what women want?”, but then I feel skittish about being offended on someone else’s behalf. Instead, then: Is this really what men want to watch? (more…)