Sometimes it is the woman's fault

by alphamonkey on April 13, 2010 · 2 comments

in Film,In the News,Nerdgasms

I know that’s almost sacrilege to propose such a point in this day an age, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. Every now and then I stop by IMDB’s Top 250 Movies and check out if the list has changed. Recently I noticed that one of my all-time favorites Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb was #30 on the list. Wondering why, I examined the votes for the film and here’s what I found:

Women under the age of 18 and over the age of 45, in large numbers, have, all by themselves, lowered the movie’s overall score. On a lark, I decided to compare women of the same age on a relentlessly bad romcom chosen at random: 27 Dresses. Guess what I found? That’s right, women of the same age group collectively preferred the later!

So why are pre and post menstrual women collectively hating on Stanely Kubrick’s war satire? Inquiring minds want to know!

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  • ShadowStalker

    Women under 18 are not pre-menstrual.

    I’m not sure I agree with your analysis here. First, what ranking did 27 Dresses have? Second, of course women are going to prefer the latter as it was written for them.

    Given how old Dr. Strangelove is, I would guess that the only kids who like it are film nerds or fans of absurdist comedy. These tend to be men. I think a reasonable explanation is that boys that like the movie show it to their girlfriends, so there are a disproportionate number of girls who don’t like this kind of movie, and wouldn’t seek it out independently, that have seen it and rated it. If this hypothesis holds, we should see a similar pattern in similar movies and TV series made before, say, 1985, e.g. Monty Python, other Peter Sellers movies, Terry Gilliam movies, Rowan Atkinson properties, etc.

    A similar but opposite sample bias might be present in the votes for 27 Dresses, where women get their uninterested boyfriends/husbands to watch the movie.

    You should write this up, we might get a grant from the AFI.

    • Cap’n Carrot

      27 Dresses was overall ranked worse than Strangelove (take a gander at the bottom of the clickable full image). However, 27 Dresses was overwhelmingly mixed by all different age groups (though more positive in these two groups) which gave it the middle of the road score. On the other hand, Strangelove had good scores of 8+ from all other categories (including women between the ages of 18 and 45). I’m just wondering why women on either side of this age group fail to appreciate it.

      Your hypothesis about the younger group may be valid, but sounds a little too easy for me and it wouldn’t hold for the older group.

      The AFI don’t answer my mail any more. I’m still trying to get them to recognize the American cinematic brilliance of Condorman. For some reason they haven’t been all that keen on the idea. Go figure.

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