Movie: American Woman (the English pay attention to our white working class)

Since the California elites who control our film industry won’t pay attention to the American heterosexual cisgender working class, it has fallen to the English (Ridley Scott and his son Jake) to make American Woman (streaming on HBO).

What does a working class white grandmother at age 31 look like? Sienna Miller, the daughter of a banker and a model. She loves cigarettes, sex with married guys, and alcohol. This carefree existence is interrupted when her teenage daughter disappears and she is left to care for her toddler grandson.

I don’t think it spoils the mystery of the movie to say that the main plot, which transpires over more than a decade, is that the American woman has to learn to stop depending in any way on the American white man (there are a couple of good black guys, one of whom happens to be gay). The choices in white men are (1) the abusive, (2) the unfaithful, and (3) the murderous. Grandma has to grow up, stop enjoying the Tinder lifestyle, get an education, and get a job that pays enough that she doesn’t need to trade sex for financial support.

The movie is worth watching for some good performances, but I wonder about the accuracy. Is the American working class primarily made up of slender good-looking people with perfect skin?

Readers: Have you seen this movie? What did you think?

7 thoughts on “Movie: American Woman (the English pay attention to our white working class)

  1. The movie is worth watching for some good performances, but I wonder about the accuracy. Is the American working class primarily made up of slender good-looking people with perfect skin?

    1) It’s intended to be entertainment, not a documentary.
    2) The people in charge of the casting probably think (reasonably) that having an attractive woman play the protagonist would garner a larger audience than an ugly address would.

    • If you identify as a cis-normative bio-male and want to fill your Sienna Miller fix, then watch “Layer Cake” on Amazon Prime. Ms Miller plays a small but crucial role in a very clever film about a nameless British yuppy drug dealer, played by a future James Bond. Solidly recommended.

    • > 1) It’s intended to be entertainment, not a documentary.

      Really? I thought it was supposed to be an artistic statement touching on social issues, not some “sing and dance” show.

      > 2) The people in charge of the casting probably think (reasonably) that having an attractive woman play the protagonist would garner a larger audience than an ugly address would.

      So why do the same people all pay lip service to “diversity” and giving roles and devoting movies to minorities, and hiring people that aren’t as glamorous or profitable as the usual hot, young actresses and actors given the movie going demographics?

  2. It appears that white men are the universally acknowledged greatest problem in today’s society. However this also a problem that has a simple solution completely controlled by women: this can be easily solved in a generation by white women — using the choice (http://prochoice.org/).

  3. I have not seen the movie because I won’t pay for HBO, I’d rather watch reruns of the Twilight Zone and the Odd Couple. Rod Serling used to put more good material into 25 minutes than HBO can cram into two hours, how’s that for being a curmudgeon? Come to think of it, I refuse to pay Hollywood for anything recently. I’m culturally clueless, the last movie I saw in a theater was “No Country for Old Men” which I liked a lot, but that was it. Tommy Lee Jones, naturally. After that I got tired of paying the Left Coast to tell me how much they hate me, how little I know, and how deplorable I am. Ewscray Emthay.

    This movie sounds like a perfect girl’s night out/sleepover chick flick for white working class women. They can pretend they look like Sienna Miller while projecting the dirtbag white guys on their ex- and current lovers. Modern romance. But Rex Reed (whose reviews I normally respect) loved Miller’s performance so it must be better than that, especially because it got relatively high ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. Oh well, there goes another one that I missed.

  4. > but I wonder about the accuracy. Is the American working class primarily made up of slender good-looking people with perfect skin?

    I wonder about accuracy as well, do we have a working class in America?

  5. >The movie is worth watching for some good performances, but I wonder about the accuracy. Is >the American working class primarily made up of slender good-looking people with perfect >skin?

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