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Oh, Those Wacky Muslims

by Kim February 26, 2001
The Princess & the Marine

Okay, so I'm from a Western culture, and I don't really understand the whole arranged marriage thing. But I think it's somewhat shitty of the makers of this movie to garner sympathy for Meriam because they know that we Americans will (by and large) support her desire to find and marry her soul mate. Or something. It just seems very dismissive of an entire culture.

Little Girl pipes up and asks if Meriam loves Rasheed, because she's heard their parents talking about them getting married. Meriam looks crestfallen. Lady in Red says, "Rasheed's not so bad." Well, that's a ringing endorsement. Meriam says that all Rasheed thinks about is "cars and showing off his daddy's money." Another girl says that Meriam has to marry Rasheed. Meriam starts coughing, and Lady in Red says, "Your asthma." Can being upset really bring on an asthma attack? I'm asking. I don't know. Meriam takes off to get her inhaler, but not before offering the plate of pastries to the group. I guess that was supposed to show that she's a good hostess, even while having an asthma attack. Or something.

Meriam runs upstairs (and is that the best course of action to take when you're having an asthma attack? Running? Up stairs?) and digs out her inhaler. She uses it and then grabs the phone and calls one of her friends. Plucky Violins play on the soundtrack. Meriam wants to talk about how upset she is about the marriage, but her friend blows her off. Meriam lies down on her bed next to her Glamour and Cosmopolitan magazines. Meriam randomly dials a number and some woman answers and blows her off too. Meriam tries the random dial again. This is so dumb. Who randomly calls people on the phone?

Cut to the Marine barracks. Hick, Other Friend, and Zack are unpacking their suitcases. Hick babbles about Texas pecans. Other Friend hangs up a swimsuit calendar, and then picks up a book from Zack's bed. Zack tells him it's the Book of Mormon. Hick asks if Zack has seventeen wives. Zack informs him that they don't do that anymore. Other Friend (and would they please tell me his name!) asks if Zack has seventeen girlfriends. Zack says that he's waiting for someone special, and he's been too busy doing missionary work (heh) to date. Other Friend says, "Mormon girls don't put out?" I like Other Friend. He cracks me up. I just wish they'd tell me his name. Hick asks Zack if he's from Utah, but Zack is from Las Vegas. So these three hung out for the plane ride over, and in the truck, and never found out their hometowns? That's unlikely. Anyway, Other Friend can't believe that Zack couldn't get lucky in Las Vegas, and vows that he and Hick will find "a woman for this man."

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Oh, Those Wacky Muslims

by Kim February 26, 2001
The Princess & the Marine Okay, so I'm from a Western culture, and I don't really understand the whole arranged marriage thing. But I think it's somewhat shitty of the makers of this movie to garner sympathy for Meriam because they know that we Americans will (by and large) support her desire to find and marry her soul mate. Or something. It just seems very dismissive of an entire culture. Little Girl pipes up and asks if Meriam loves Rasheed, because she's heard their parents talking about them getting married. Meriam looks crestfallen. Lady in Red says, "Rasheed's not so bad." Well, that's a ringing endorsement. Meriam says that all Rasheed thinks about is "cars and showing off his daddy's money." Another girl says that Meriam has to marry Rasheed. Meriam starts coughing, and Lady in Red says, "Your asthma." Can being upset really bring on an asthma attack? I'm asking. I don't know. Meriam takes off to get her inhaler, but not before offering the plate of pastries to the group. I guess that was supposed to show that she's a good hostess, even while having an asthma attack. Or something. Meriam runs upstairs (and is that the best course of action to take when you're having an asthma attack? Running? Up stairs?) and digs out her inhaler. She uses it and then grabs the phone and calls one of her friends. Plucky Violins play on the soundtrack. Meriam wants to talk about how upset she is about the marriage, but her friend blows her off. Meriam lies down on her bed next to her Glamour and Cosmopolitan magazines. Meriam randomly dials a number and some woman answers and blows her off too. Meriam tries the random dial again. This is so dumb. Who randomly calls people on the phone? Cut to the Marine barracks. Hick, Other Friend, and Zack are unpacking their suitcases. Hick babbles about Texas pecans. Other Friend hangs up a swimsuit calendar, and then picks up a book from Zack's bed. Zack tells him it's the Book of Mormon. Hick asks if Zack has seventeen wives. Zack informs him that they don't do that anymore. Other Friend (and would they please tell me his name!) asks if Zack has seventeen girlfriends. Zack says that he's waiting for someone special, and he's been too busy doing missionary work (heh) to date. Other Friend says, "Mormon girls don't put out?" I like Other Friend. He cracks me up. I just wish they'd tell me his name. Hick asks Zack if he's from Utah, but Zack is from Las Vegas. So these three hung out for the plane ride over, and in the truck, and never found out their hometowns? That's unlikely. Anyway, Other Friend can't believe that Zack couldn't get lucky in Las Vegas, and vows that he and Hick will find "a woman for this man."

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