Obviously, not every film follows this template. There are female-led comedies like Rough Night and Bad Moms, which sort of reverse the template, but they're not the norm. The norm is a movie like Van Wilder, wherein the Taj character doesn't even want a particular woman in the end. He just wants a woman. Not even a woman, really, but a happy-go-lucky vagina, and he says as much. Sex comedies don't all need ten-minute scenes in which the male characters stand in a circle and say their favorite things about women. But they do need female characters who are more than just penis houses for the dudes to move into at the end.
You'll see the female sex fiend, the monstrously horny woman that will tear apart the film in a Godzilla-like rage until she gets that dick, in a lot of comedies -- Get Him To The Greek, Wedding Crashers, 40-Year-Old Virgin, American Pie. (AGAIN. Is this series going to hit every one of these bases?) If the writers are nervous that the protagonist is too much of a pig, they throw in a lady sex fiend to balance them out. Remember when Michelle in American Pie spouts her famous "flute in the pussy" line? That's a primo example. "Oh my God, this unassuming girl is actually even more of a sex freak than our hero! Ladies are pervs too! Karma worked out in the end!" But did it?
The lady sex freak is often a very weird character. Jim doesn't even want Michelle in American Pie; he settles on her when he can't get the girl he does want, and then suddenly she's putting musical instruments in his butt. But he never considered her at first, and it was only after he found out she was as much of a deviant as him that he was into it. Isla Fisher in Wedding Crashers is much the same way -- Vince Vaughn plans on using her, then she gets weird and clingy and sexually aggressive. Of course, they end up together, because her open sexuality totally balances out the fact that he makes a living pathologically lying to any women in a ten-foot radius.
The female sex fiend serves as a kind of karmic sexual retribution for the man, working on the "two wrongs make a right" principle. In Get Him To The Greek, Carla Gallo's character is in the film for all of five minutes, just long enough to literally jam something up Jonah Hill's ass. This is akin to how Michelle sticks a trumpet up Jim's ass in American Pie or how Jennifer Aniston works Jason Bateman's ass in Horrible Bosses 2. You can really zing a dude by putting things up his ass, apparently.
It's clearly a method of having a character get what's coming to them. After being callous or some kind of manwhore, they get their comeuppance. But they don't learn anything, really, or change in any positive manner. It just makes you feel better about them being the "hero" of the movie, because it keeps them humble in an anally violating sort of way.
I would argue that the only reason any of us today know the word MILF is because of, let me check here, American Pie. (I guess this whole list could have been just that franchise.) It's been a million other places since then, from coffee cups to T-shirts, and is a sprawling genre of porn. So good for Stifler and his mom, as they changed the cultural landscape, or at least the boner landscape.
Far be it from me to deny anyone's urges to F someone's MIL, as the world is up to its nuts in lovely mothers. But the trope in movies has always been kind of creepy, due to the weird, unspoken double standard. Consider how often an older leading man is paired with a younger leading woman -- Tom Cruise was 22 years older than his Mummy co-star, 20 years older than his Jack Reacher co-star, and 21 years older than his Edge Of Tomorrow co-star. Basically, Cruise needs two decades on a woman for them to work together, and it's never even a plot point. Nobody considers it freaky. There's a reason there's no Cruise genre of porn. I mean, I don't think there is.
So right away, when a woman is significantly older than the man/boy, it's a big deal in a movie. And you can see this trope all over the place, from Behaving Badly, in which Elizabeth Shue plays a mom who sleeps with a teen boy, to a movie that's actually called MILF, about a group of guys who have crappy luck with girls their own age, to Adam Sandler's That's My Boy, where the entire comedic setup for this movie is how hilarious statutory rape is.
And at the heart of all of it is that a "MILF" is either supposed to be shocking ("She's sexy ... but also 40!") or a straight fetish. Look at the acronym, for God's sake. They want to fuck a mom, not a woman who happens to also be a mom. And that's really shitty, isn't it? You're making someone a Fleshlight of a certain age. Don't get me wrong, they can still fill their movies with sexually active middle-aged women. But maybe stop pretending that idea is automatically hilarious instead of just, you know, a real thing that exists.
Weird how a lot of these hijinks happen in college, right? How very Belushi of them.
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