Dr. Seth Meyers, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Seth Meyers, Clinical Psychologist

Sunday, July 29, 2012

See This Movie: "Ruby Sparks"

Okay, I'm not sure what kind of twisted ex-boyfriend (?) writer Zoe Kazan had in the past that motivated her to write this film, but let me warn you that "Ruby Sparks" is not the most male-friendly film. In fact, it largely paints men to be shallow, sex-obsessed creatures who see women as confusing, bipolar objects. In some ways, the film just gives us more of the madonna-whore complex.

But where the film gets interesting is the way that it shows how mysterious and difficult romantic love is to manage, juxtaposed against the primitive desires we all have to hang onto something to the point of grotesque control. The film, however, doesn't make this point as it doesn't show any women who struggle with the same issues. As a therapist, I can tell you that men and women similarly objectify the opposite sex, though they do so in different ways. In other words, try not to focus too much on how men and women are depicted in the film.

For me, ultimately, the film was fun and interesting as long as I didn't take it too seriously. If you have a chance to see it, enjoy!

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