Sorry, but the movie *Iron Jawed Angels* ... STUNK Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


 

Sorry, but the movie *Iron Jawed Angels* ... STUNK
 


13 October 2008 at 8:51:04 AM
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I had seen that email going around that had some photos and description of the women who fought for suffragette rights at the beginning of the 20th century, I love watching documentaries,so thought it would be an encompassing look at the events surrounding the passing of the right for women to vote in 1920. I put the movie into my Netflix queue and got it a week or so ago. And watched it a few nights ago.

Wow. That was gosh awful, unless you're the kind of female that believes you have to have a harlequinny-romance type movie with sexual undercurrents in the story to make it watchable. There was one long drawn out scene where Paul was thinking about kissing this newspaper guy and the editors decided to splice in some flashing footage of Paul in the bathtub looking erotic. What was THAT about? I could just hear the bodice ripper language that would have been in the dialogue if it had been a romance novel.

And, the audio commentary says that the role played by Patrick Dempsey didn't even EXIST. So, what, were the writers of IJA eager to make sure that Alice Paul had a potential boyfriend so that she wasn't mistaken for a lesbian or a spinster? Were her efforts not interesting enough on their own without having to put a fictitious man in the movie? Or did the producers think women woudln't watch it without a romance?

Pah. I fast fowarded through some parts which were just extraneous baloney. For me, I would have liked a gutsy, FACTUAL documentary. This wasn't it.

P.S. I'm female as I think most of the readers know. I wasn't for Hillary Clinton Just Because She Was Female, am not suddenly a Republican Who Likes Sarah Palin Just Because She Is Female and I don't like that movie Just Because It Panders to Some Romance Novel Idea of Women.


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1 - virginia harris   14 Oct 2008 @ 9:07:56 AM 

Thanks for your candid critique of Iron Jawed Angels.  While I applaud its fous on an exciting yet overlooked chapter in American history, I too was offended that the memory of these great women was muddled by the inclusion of a fictitious character!

Thanks to the Alie Paul and thousands of other suffragettes, women today have voices and choices! Just like men.



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