James Bond has had a lot of unambiguously consensual sexual encounters, and we've never complained about it. And Bond fans will complain about anything. There's an entire website about how Daniel Craig shouldn't play Bond, but I don't think there's even a subreddit's worth of Bond-fanatics saying, "Man, I wish these movies had more maybe-rapes."
Later, Bond stands idly by as she gets shot in the face by the villain. He escapes moments later using James Bond karate techniques that would have been totally applicable when his lover (victim? Fuck, why do I have to wonder that?) was still alive. He lets her die before attacking. Why? Was it because he was worried she was going to prosecute? Maybe, maybe not. Is James Bond a rapist? More importantly: Why don't I know for sure if James Bond is a rapist?
Groundhog Day: Phil Connors Lets An Old Man Die On The Street
In Groundhog Day, Phil (Bill Murray) is forced to relive Groundhog Day over and over again because he never sees his shadow. Then he finally sees his shadow (and seduces Andie MacDowell) and is released from the burden of temporally stagnant immortality. This movie is where the old adage comes from: "Even if you live for 10 years in the same agonizing day, you can never grow old and die until you sleep with a Southern woman."
The saddest part of the movie is when Phil finally decides to get to know an elderly homeless man living in Punxsutawney and learns that, tragically, the man is doomed to die on Groundhog Day. He tries taking him to a hospital, or just giving him a nice meal, but the day always ends the same way. There's nothing he can do about it.
This is the moment that Phil decides to spend his one day helping people. He builds up a rigorous schedule that involves catching this kid out of a tree ...
Note the face Murray makes when he does his own stunts.
... helping some old ladies with a flat tire ...
This was a pretty slow thirty-minute stretch of day.
... and giving the mayor the Heimlich maneuver when he chokes on some steak.
No one else has even bothered to stand up? Punxsutawney is a town of assholes.
This is how Phil breaks the spell and is allowed to return to temporally fluid mortality: He has one perfect, selfless day. The moral is that goodwill and kindness l always pays back more than selfishness and cruelty.
But what about the homeless guy, you ask? Well, we never see him again. But we do know that he dies that night, and on the last of Phil's perfect days, we know he spends his Groundhog Night ...
Let's revise that moral: Kindness and goodwill always pay back, except in the case of the homeless. There's nothing anyone can do to help them, and it's really best to let them die off-screen.
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