Sunday, December 20, 2009

Waiting to Exhale vs. He's Just Not That Into You

On this extremely snowy Sunday in New York, I just watched for the second time He's Just Not That Into You...and had an instant lightbulb moment. He's Just Not That Into You is the white equivalent of Waiting To Exhale. The movie primarily focuses on the ins and outs of relationships , but more specifically to why men are such jerks...all different kinds of jerks, but jerks nonetheless. They explore why men don't call, why they say things they don't 100% mean, why they won't marry the women they claim to love and also why they cheat. To be fair, this movie actually does give men a bit more respect in the sense that they share their point of views and also show their difficulty finding love as well, but for the most part it's a chick flick, much like Waiting To Exhale.

The major moment where I made the connection was where in He's Just Not That Into You, Jennifer Connelly's character was told by her husband that he had cheated on her and even after she was willing to forgive him, he lied to her and never came home. Needless to say she proceeded to spaz out, grabbing clothes from the hangers, much like Angela Bassett did when her husband told her that she was leaving her for a white woman(ironic isn't it)and breaking a mirror that she cleaned up only 45 seconds

While,the distinctions are significant, the rage is the same. Just another example of how color isn't important, especially when it comes to matters of the heart.


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