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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 20, 2011 at 10:57 AM

The professions of rom-com heroines

Just saw “No Strings Attached” last night, and it’s certainly not as bad as the trailers and some of the early buzz make it out to be. But I had to giggle a bit at Natalie Portman’s character, who is a medical resident — but who, in the grand tradition of Hollywood female doctors, seems to spends way more time having sex all over the hospital with her boy-toy (played by Ashton Kutcher, and you find yourself hoping they’ll re-sanitize the surfaces afterwards) and attending to her hair and makeup than in actually practicing medicine. (Yes, I know, it’s a fantasy — but when you start noticing it and giggling about it, the movie’s off-balance.) New York Magazine’s Vulture blog noticed, too, and has posted a helpful guide to the professions of rom-com heroines: medicine, magazines, food service, TV news, event planning, fashion, writing/publishing, and political arm candy (which I hadn’t realized was a profession, but never mind). As a practitioner of profession #7, I’ve resolved to keep my eyes open around the office; who knows what’s going on on those countertops of the Times test kitchen? Maybe a rom-com’s taking place here, right under my nose.
(A side note: Another grand tradition of Hollywood rom-coms is that the heroines live in MUCH nicer and far larger places than their incomes would indicate. Portman’s character, here, shares an apartment with three other residents — but has her own enormous bedroom that looks like a luxury hotel room, complete with its own bathroom. Just a coincidence that yesterday I also watched “Another Year,” the new Mike Leigh movie, much of which is shot in the London town house in which the main characters live. You’re struck by how small the place seems, because it’s a real home and not a movie set. The entire main floor of that house, I think, could fit into Portman’s character’s bedroom.)

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