And, it’s not even one of the good Kevin Smith films. It’s Mallrats.
A film whose claim to fame is a running joke about having sex in an “uncomfortable” place: not the backseat of the volkswagon that every character suggests, but anal sex. This particular subplot focuses on “Trish the Dish”: a 15 year old girl who has been given a huge advance to write a book about the male sex drive. Trish the Dish’s research involves rating men’s sexual talent. The only real reference to Trish’s age is when the villain – a man who is only the villain, played by Ben Affleck, because he hates slackers who hang out in malls (this is the 1990s after all) – is sent to prison for child rape. One of the final images in the film is of Affleck about to be raped in prison; a theme used over and over and over again in American media.
As a movie, it’s rather trite and predictable. Adult men behaving like entitled children isn’t exactly all that exciting: men living in their parent’s basement because they won’t get a job; men who have jobs thinking they are awesome; men who whine all day. This is pretty much the dating pool for women in their 20s now as it was then. And, really, the ‘hero’ of the film insists his girlfriend climb out a window than meet his parents. How pathetic is that?
Emily Reynold’s article in Vice magazine* on her spreadsheet of sexual partners isn’t exactly a new idea: see the entire series of Sex in the City. Sending a survey out to your former partners for feedback on your sexual repertoire isn’t a new idea either. Certainly, punting stories of your sexual history to the media is about as predictable as kitten gifs on twitter. For evidence: see every interview Anthony Kiedis has ever given.
I expect we’re supposed to be shocked and titillated by a young woman talking candidly about her sex life in the media. Mostly, I read it thinking that she was 20 years too late for this to be something fresh (or whatever the word for cool is now).
I wonder what Kevin Smith is up to now and what plot lines will be Vice be stealing from him in 20 years.