IFC's Alison Willmore agrees that a "problem with women" exists here, but it belongs to the characters, not the film itself (and FlickGrrl Carrie Rickey agrees): "Are women underrepresented in the film? Sure. It's a story about guys! Desperate, socially inept guys. It's a cinematic sausage fest." Willmore suggests: "We don't see women around much in general in the film because our main characters have no idea how to meet or pursue or talk to them."
Is this really the film we should be attacking for its portrayal of women? I'd rather see women be under-represented or portrayed as enigmas who 20-year-old boys can't understand (in a film about boys) than see yet another ditz in a bikini getting mutilated by a 3-D fish or chainsaw.
- Proving he is comfortable with his sexuality (as was Allen Ginsberg, whom he plays in Howl), James Franco has found another hobby: dressing in drag. He teamed with photographer Terry Richardson for a cover shoot for transvestite magazine Candy, which is a limited production (1,000 copies) on its second issue. Not surprisingly, he does this quite well, too.
- Esquire laments the disappearance of manly names - where are all the manly men? - you know, names like Walter, which can't be mistaken, "in the age of Aiden and Jayden," for a woman's name. Esquire spoke with some "gentlemen with birth certificates of all kinds" to assess their feelings.
"I am the third Walter in my family, and for that I am proud. But…I'd like my kids to have a more modern name."
"If it was good enough for Robin Hood, why shouldn't it be good enough for me?"
"I love my name — I think it's awesome"
"Stop calling me Shirley!"