The large man holding a woman against a wall while they both give audiences the "Isn't this just CRAZY?" look? The Reverse Proposal goes from being a comedy about Sandra Bullock's work obsession to an exploration of the highest form of workplace sexual harassment.
You Don't Mess With The Zohan: An Immigrant Is Forced Into Prostitution
In You Don't Mess With The Zohan, Adam Sandler plays an Israeli commando who dreams of becoming a hairdresser. However, when he moves to America, he finds that his hairstyles are out of style, and that nobody will hire him due to his lack of experience. Eventually, he becomes a hairstylist and develops a large clientele of old women, all because he's having sex with them in the back room after he cuts their hair. Surprisingly, though, it's not even the worst movie that Sandler made in 2008.
By now, you already can see where this is going. A "comedy" about a woman who can't get a job at a major salon because she gives outdated hairstyles, so she creates a huge following for herself by railing skeevy old guys in the backroom after she cuts their hair. That's not so much a comedy as it is a depressing news story that spurs you to watch 15 cute otter videos afterward just to balance out your mood.
Even worse, a later scene sees Paul Mitchell begging the Zohan to come and work at his salon. This means that the hairstylists who aren't putting the super in Supercuts are obviously seeing a huge drop in business. Imagine a story in which a female Zohan creates an economy wherein hairstylists inevitably have to sell their bodies to make a living, as men become increasingly unwilling to go without a little trim after their ... haircut. Dudes become so obsessed with getting laid post-shave that they ruin an industry.
But put a dude in the role and it's fine. Guys love sex so much, why would resorting to it for financial survival ever be a problem?
Weird Science: A 23-Year-Old Fantasy Man Showers With Two 15-Year-Old Girls, Buys Them Beer
Taking a break from creating classic, relatable movies starring Molly Ringwald, director John Hughes made Weird Science, the story of two teenage nerds who use the power of technology to create the perfect woman. It's a wacky '80s teen comedy where none of the secondary characters care about two teens hanging out with an adult woman, because any teen boy would be so lucky to be the victims of statutory rape by a hot older woman.
However, even in the 1980s, one would assume that pop culture wouldn't be so accepting of a movie about two lonely teenage girls Frankensteining an adult man to be their boyfriend. Look no further than the shower scene in the film. With the genders reversed, it would consist of two uncomfortable 15-year-old girls watching a man wash his schlong. When the man walks out of the shower and tells the girls to "loosen up," it takes a much more sinister tone.
Yeah, the phrase "Well, it was the 80s!" doesn't work when the situation has been creepy forever. Hey, now imagine a scene in which an adult man shops for underwear and asks the male worker, "If you were a 15-year-old girl, would these turn you on?" Because the reverse sure as hell happened in this movie.
Then you have random people being cool with two underage girls going to a bar with an adult man. Underage drinking aside, when a female barfly asks a handsome man what he's doing with two ladies, the response of "It's purely sexual" (as she says in the film) would definitely raise some eyebrows, some fists, and probably some handcuffs.
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