- YEAR: 1979
- DIRECTOR: Robert Benton
- KEY ACTORS: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry
- CERTIFICATE: PG
- IMDB SCORE: 7.8
- ROTTEN TOMATOES SCORE: 88%
SEX SCORE: 1/5
❌ Sadly, this fails the Bechdel test.
✔️ But I do think that it is rewatchable, although it isn’t an easy watch!
❌ I don’t want to fuck the cast. They’re not portrayed as very attractive and it’s not a story about sex or successful romantic relationships
❌ And so it also didn’t inspire fantasies. Quite the reverse!
❌ In the end, I can’t give it a mark for being sex positive. Joanna is judged for having partners and Ted isn’t even questioned, and that’s too outdated a view on sex!
- YEAR: 1989
- DIRECTOR: John Musker, Ron Clements
- KEY ACTORS: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Pat Carroll
- CERTIFICATE: U
- IMDB SCORE: 7.6
- ROTTEN TOMATOES SCORE: 93%
SEX SCORE: 2/5
✔️ This is definitely rewatchable. And I have watched it many, many times!
✔️ And it does pass the Bechdel Test – she speaks to Ursula about more than just Eric and her sisters are named in their introduction song.
❌ I don’t want to fuck the cast. I’ve always had a problem with Eric’s eyes – I can’t explain it but I don’t like them – and Ariel is a child.
❌ And it didn’t inspire fantasies.
❌ But is it sex positive? I don’t think it can be – ‘Kiss the Girl’ is a song about avoiding consent and the villain is a queer-coded drag queen.