Girls and guns. positive movie.


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rocinante
April 13, 2008, 12:04 PM
As all husbands do I ended up watching a movie on the lifetime channel with the wife. This one was Carolina Moon which had the usual woman in danger theme. Here is the difference.

The setting is a small southern town and the heroine is a psychic who returns. She has a trash family and her dad is a bad hombre everyone thinks murdered a girl when they were teens. She is with the sister of the slain girl when miss psychic senses they are being watched and danger is imminent. The sister is a stereotypical small town SMOKING HOT assertive rich bitch. The psychic is panicking and like lets RUN. The dixie doll is pulls a pistol out of her silver lipstick purse and starts looking for the perp! They don't find anybody so then she gives the pistol to the psychic chic saying don't worry I got plenty.

Later there is a scene where the psychic's boyfriend is teaching her to shoot. Of course you could tell nobody knew what the hell they were doing and the psychic muzzle control freaked me but she was carrying and learning defense.

In the finale she ended up shooting her bad hombre father in self defense.

Later she was attacked by the true serial killer but they let the boy friend do him in with a pistol.

Okay an incoherent synopsis but it was one of those chick flicks. What surprised me is they portrayed the handguns as defensive LIFE SAVING tools and especially the dixie doll nonchalant attitude.

The movie was made in 2007. The book was by Nora Roberts. Does this reflect a shift in perception for women or the film industry? I did a quick search and it tickled me the movie was actually shot in Canada.

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papajohn
April 13, 2008, 12:12 PM
Well, whaddya know, maybe there IS some progress being made!

But yeah, it's pretty ironic that it was shot in Canada, I wonder what kind of hoops the filmmaker had to jump through to use EVIL HANDGUNS in their flick?

I'd almost bet that the script went to Hollyweird first, but was rejected as, "Too gun-friendly, and unrealistic". Those folks wouldn't understand reality if it grew teeth and removed a large chunk of their collective posterior!

PJ

MT GUNNY
April 13, 2008, 12:18 PM
I think so, there was that movie a while back with jodie foster that was realy kickbut!

resonance
April 13, 2008, 12:24 PM
A ton of movies are shot in Canada because it's simply cheaper to shoot there (or was, at least). There's a lot of "New York" in Vancouver BC. :D

Oh, and lucas_flesher, you're thinking The Brave One, which did indeed rock my socks.

OneofManyJennifers
April 13, 2008, 01:37 PM
I saw that one!

Blushing to own up to seeing it, but the one thing romance novels (Nora Roberts is a very popular romance author) tend to do is have men who act like men. So in her books the heroes are armed or ready to fight (so are the "bad guys") and the "values" tend to reflect more of the southern/western view of guns, etc, because her readership is probably higher in those areas.

I did like that the women armed themselves and weren't afraid to shoot in the end.

I just saw "The Brave One" last night - great movie. The ending surprised me - I didn't think they'd go that route.

siglite
April 13, 2008, 01:52 PM
The movie was made in 2007. The book was by Nora Roberts. Does this reflect a shift in perception for women or the film industry? .

I can tell you through some inside knowledge, that the perception is shifting among some writers in some of the stereotypically female genres. I'm talking books. More and more female writers are understanding that self-responsibility for defense is an attractive concept to their readers, and in general. What we *might* be seeing is the "trickle-up" effect from the writers to the screens.

beaucoup ammo
April 13, 2008, 02:07 PM
Not revolutionary, but evolutionary things happening in the publishing field along those lines.

Siglite points out that public demand can and does cause change. It's a good thing! Slow, but good!

papajohn
April 13, 2008, 02:11 PM
I've heard several people rave about Jodie Foster in "The Brave One." I try not to have anything to do with her movies, because she's (allegedly) completely against private ownership of weapons. How does that square with her playing this role in this movie?

Not trying to turn this into a hijack, but I'm curious about how anti-gun activists can justify making their living off pro-gun, pro self-defense movie themes! Has she had an epiphany?

Papajohn

beaucoup ammo
April 13, 2008, 02:15 PM
$$$$$

JWarren
April 13, 2008, 02:17 PM
And here I was thinking the lifetime channel had very little redeeming value.


I think it may just be the movies that WE watch on it (by "WE" read: Jenn makes me watch.)


But in defense of Jenn, I've made her watch EVERY zombie movie that has come out-- even Cemetary Man. So it balances out.


-- John

retgarr
April 13, 2008, 02:23 PM
Actually a lot of gun stuff is shot in Canada. The laws there regarding firearms used for movies are quite reasonable and easy to deal with. Just look at Stargate.

rocinante
April 13, 2008, 02:59 PM
I don't think I would put the Joe Foster movie in the same category as this movie. In that movie she went vigilante like Death Wish and used the gun in an aggressive and illegal matter. In this movie there wasn't that element of malice and hatred just self defense. Big difference and one that women could accept as reasonable. I can't get my wife to shoot because the noise scares her but she is glad we have them. She feels safer and knows I would use them to protect her. I wish she would get comfortable with them because I worry when I am not around.

bogie
April 13, 2008, 03:10 PM
Roc, do you own a .22?

Make sure she has correctly inserted ear plugs (not just stuffed - I see WAY too many people with the dang things looking like they're about to just fall out of the outer ear - rolled and stuck), AND earmuffs.

Then shoot a .22...

Then a .38 with wadcutter loads.

Then she'll bother you to shoot something bigger...

rocinante
April 13, 2008, 03:36 PM
Yeah I have a Mark III and a 10/22. It is not just the noise the gun she is shooting but the whole range scene. She walked in with muffs, heard the first shot, and immediately bunny tailed back out. I figured that was that but she came back with ear plugs and muffs. Kind of proud of her. I got her to squeeze off one shot and she was crying and trembling but she did it and immediately scooted again. She is 45 and a committed girlie girl so I don't hold much hope for her. I am grateful she has the correct perspective and doesn't mind me and the boys being gun nuts but it aint her cup of tea.

Sage of Seattle
April 13, 2008, 03:38 PM
But yeah, it's pretty ironic that it was shot in Canada, I wonder what kind of hoops the filmmaker had to jump through to use EVIL HANDGUNS in their flick?

Probably not many. My thought would be the Canadian movie rep would have read the script and said, "Oh, wow. Some people who successfully defend themselves with handguns and don't need the police help? Let's film this as a fantasy because noone would believe it!"

:p

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