Manohla Dargis tells it like it is

I found this awesome quote from the NY Times film critic Manohla Dargis. She was being interviewed about the lack of progress in movies for and about women. (tip: Jim Emerson)

On why so many romantic comedies are so terrible: One, the people making them have no f**king taste, two, they’re morons, three they’re insulting panderers who think they’re making movies for the great unwashed and that’s what they want. I love romantic movies. I absolutely do. But I literally don’t know what’s happening.

I think it’s depressing that Judd Apatow makes the best romantic comedies and they’re about men. All power to Apatow, but he’s taken and repurposed one of the few genres historically made for women. ….We had so few [genres] that were made specifically for the female audience and now the best of them are being made by Judd Apatow.

Dargis elegantly summed up the state of romantic comedies in a few sentences. Kudos, Manohla, for being refreshingly honest.

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