Broken English Movie Review

I lose interest in a movie if a bumbling beta attracts a beautiful female (e.g. every Adam Sandler movie ever made). There has to be a chance that the relationship would happen in real life or else I’m watching a science-fiction flick that depicts a parallel universe where the immutable laws of attraction are suspended. This is why I like La Dolce Vita, Gloomy Sunday, When Harry Met Sally, movies by Pedro Almodovar (Broken Embraces, Talk To Her, Volver), and a couple by Woody Allen (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Hannah & Her Sisters, and Annie Hall). A silly movie with cringe worthy dialogue like Before Sunset will get cut off after 10 minutes.

I recently saw Broken English, a movie centered around an American woman named Nora who is panicking because she’s in her 30’s and has no hope of finding a man. Even though her best friend is extremely unhappy in her relationship, Nora becomes desperate to settle down. (Fittingly, she had a chance at her friend’s man years ago but passed on him). Written by a woman, the movie nails a lot of the American female qualities which I have been beating here to death lately:

-plain clothing
-not sexy
-oversized sunglasses
-anxious
-overly logical
-not well-traveled
-slutty but unaffectionate
-neurotic and jittery
-snarky
-doped up on pharmaceuticals
-unable to control alcohol consumption
-distorted view of the relationship between sex and attraction

Nora reminds me of about 20 girls I’ve dated. She’s played by Parker Posey, your stereotypical pretty American girl (before the obesity epidemic). She’s reasonably cute, someone who you wouldn’t be ashamed walking down the street with. Wrinkles are starting to show on her face, but most men would sleep with her if given the chance (I would). With the right hairstyle and outfit she could be classified as extremely attractive.

As she wonders “What happened?” to the past ten years of her life, so does the viewer. How many guys did she pass on while in her physical prime? How many “actors” did she date until she realized they were no good for her? Why didn’t she take her mother’s advice sooner, who was at least successful enough in love to bear her? The movie doesn’t explore her past, just her current dating mishaps of getting pumped and dumped and going out with a man who has serious baggage. She becomes bitter and jaded, closing off her mind to potential suitors.

Approaching the depths of loneliness, she reluctantly attends a party thrown by a coworker. There she meets an artistic Frenchman who has classic direct game more common with his Spanish and Italian counterparts. American women are taken off-guard by this game at first (Nora calls his approach “intense”), but commonly break down to the persistent charm and affections of these men. (Sorry, a European accent or some otherwise exotic quality is needed to run this particular style of game. Trevor with the striped shirt would be laughed out the bar if he went around telling girls he wanted to kiss them.)

The Frenchman’s direct game is world class, and it doesn’t take him long to dismantle her bitter shield and get right down to business. We would expect a pump and dump in this case, but no—he’s smitten and spontaneously asks her to return to France with him. She says that she can’t because of her oh-so-important event planner job, among other logistical reasons, but we know it’s because she’s deathly afraid of being disappointed yet again.

The film falls apart after that, which is probably why you’ve never heard of it before. It could have been the spinster manifesto up there with Sex and the City, but instead gets tossed into the indie yarn stack behind Chasing Amy. Nonetheless, if you like my blog, you’ll like the movie. The game performance by the Frenchman is alone worth a viewing (note his body language, his devastating use of silence, and his tonality). Completely ignore the fact that in real life a handsome Frenchman wouldn’t fall for an aging spinster who, frankly, was a bitch to him for most of their time together, and enjoy a pretty accurate take on American hook-up culture from a woman’s perspective. It makes me almost feel bad for them.

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The Rookie
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i will check this out. i’m watching movies and shows now just to see the interactions.

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I would definitely not consider Happy Gilmore (professional athlete prone to fits of violence) or Big Daddy (financially secure manchild who does whatever he wants) to be beta; his characters in every other movie though, yes this is true.

It is the dream of the American woman to have a beautiful, exotic foreigner fall all over her when she’s in her mid 30’s…and they think they can ride the carousel a little longer because it’ll definitely happen, but too bad it almost never does.

Parker Posey (42) joins Mary Louise Parker (46), Mariah Carey (40) and Cate Blanchett (41) as the rare over-40 woman who is still definitely fuckable.

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You defend Adam Sandler?!?

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The depressing thing is American women watch this sort of tripe and expect something like this to actually happen to them. Because as we all know, every handsome European alpha stud wants an American yuppie couch potato who passed her prime 10 years ago(if she even had one) to spend the rest of his life with.

American, and to a lesser extent other western women need to start learning to differentiate between media propaganda and the world they actually live in. There are varying degrees of their media indoctrinated stupidity, whether it be the downright laughable MTV-obsessed bimbo, the pseudo intellectual enviromentalist artist, or anywhere inbetween. They’re essentially all the same though.

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Did you like 500 days of Summer?

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Yes, this was a great movie. Posey is a good actress and this movie really made me feel sorry for her and those similarly situated. Other factors involved, however should not be overlooked, such as: 1) it was NYC; other metro areas have similar problems, but NYC probably takes the cake as a population sink/delayed marriage center; 2) relatedly, he was from out of town; he offered her a new life somewhere else and exotic where she could start again, leave old lovers and boyfriends behind, leave an old reputation behind, and begin anew; to try anew even if, admittedly, her window of starting a family would soon close. I think part of the attraction was that, although he had a humble job –photographer if I recall, he was self-possessed, self-contained. He wasn’t rich. He wasn’t G Manifesto. But he wasn’t trying to be. So it was believable that a similarly aged male in that situation would go for, or appreciate her. Meanwhile, apparently, in real life the male lead’s girlfriend is about 9 years younger than Posey.

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“manchild who does whatever he wants” not beta?
uh huh..

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PS: he offers her a share in his adventure, and demands a definitive decision, a sacrifice; that she give up and follow him; that she trust his leadership and fidelity. In addition to what he offers, is the plain fact that he does, in fact, offer.

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Just watched the film…and as Roosh says, if you like the blog you’ll like the movie.

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What’s a Parker Posey?

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“I lose interest in a movie if a bumbling beta attracts a beautiful female ”

Tell me about it. One of the worst cases of this I’ve ever seen is that movie out right now, Cryus. It’s just awful in that regard.

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The movie was good before it disappointingly came apart at the end. Illusions and fantasy have their own place.

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Kermit was a bumbling beta. He could never close Miss Piggy.

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Adam Sandler movies are great, man; his characters actually are a bit more in depth, and the situations are designed to be out-of-whack. These aren’t “moves telling men to be betas to get chicks” but “absurd movies where violent bi-polar weirdos get laid.” He always throws in a bit of nastiness, usually at some sad sack in the film (for example, in %0 First Dates, Sean Astin becomes his bitch). The Waterboy parodies Forrest Gump’s “Southern ‘Tard gets hot woman” meme by making the ‘Tard a violent football star (which, incidentally, is when he finally “touches her boobies”).

I do agree that many moves show betas getting hot chicks by acting beta, and these moves have a very bad effect on the behavior and psyche of men. I know Rom Coms did this to me growing up, as well as “teenage” movies and Disney films. But Adam Sandler? The man is a walking force of manly comedy and absurdist wit.

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“his devastating use of silence”

Thanks Roosh.

gonna be watching this in 30 mins (thanks thepiratebay)

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Adam sandler’s movie sucked in my opinion until he did the movie, funny people with seth rogan…that movie was more realistic (the egoistic standup comedian star who thought he was gonna die and the virgin assistant.)

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Adam Sandler sucks balls

Why do you guys keep paying him to appear and movies and why does he have an audience in the states?

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Your worst posts are those in which you try to seem deep, soulful, and artsy.
Stick to game.
An art critic you are not.

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adam sandler’s a jew

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Roosh should travel the rest of the western world more often. I’m not saying European/Russian, Australian and New Zealander girls are better than family-oriented, big assed South Americans who can cook a mean dinner, but they sure as hell have the one up on Americans.

I seriously laugh at guy friends of mine who still chase American scraps for pussy. There are more than enough foreign girls in any major American metro area to do away with the Sex and the City, fast food cellulite queens for good — you just have to go looking for them. I’m not trying to sound high and mighty, but why even bother analyzing these bitches?
The last time I put effort into an American girl was high school. They’re for the numbskull frat boys who can’t pull anything better. If your IQ is in triple digits and your conversational skills are better than a 14 year old cheerleader’s, shoot for something better.

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The best option is to force women to have sex with you. That is what all the cool kids do.

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about 1/3rd through the movie so far..
(elevator scene when she meets the dude)

g damn the Frenchman has game.

guy is a player!

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I was in Paris a few months ago, and sure can’t see why any Frenchman would want an American compared to what he could get there.

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Why do you classify Harry met Sally as an example of realistic seduction (more so than other romantic comedies)?

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At least the characters, conversation and situations are more realistic as I recall,

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well thanks for this post i am really really sick of watching movie where beta guys do their shit and get the girl.god damn those who make that shit.

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“A silly movie with cringe worthy dialogue like Before Sunset will get cut off after 10 minutes.”

Wow, it only took you 10 minutes to dismiss one of the best films made by one of the greatest auteurs of our time. And yet you liked When Harry Met Sally. Interesting…..

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Haven’t seen it yet, but I can imagine where Roosh is coming from. Linklater’s characters blather on over nothing for what seems like aeons at a time.

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My wife and I watched this not too long ago. A couple of observations:
The friend’s man is beta Beta BETA.
The friend is an obvious lesbian IRL, an exact copy of Agnes Moorehead.