Thursday, August 30, 2007

Afrogeek Mom and Dad review Chris Rock's "I Think I Love My Wife"

Inspired by Alison and my's review of "Becoming Jane," Brian and I bring you a review of Chris Rock's "I Think I Love My Wife." The basic plot is that Rock's character is married with two kids, not having sex, and allowing himself to be tempted by the sexy, available, willing woman from his past.


Conseula: So, my constant refrain throughout this movie was "grow up!" Actually, I used a little more profanity than that, but this is a family blog. I spent the majority of the film being absolutely infuriated with Chris Rock's character (and maybe that's the point), but I'll come back to that later. What I really want to talk about is the pop culture's erroneous notion that married couples don't have sex, primarily because married women lose all interest once they get a ring on their finger.

Brian: Personally, I don't know anything about married women and sex, or anything about single women and sex. Actually, I don't know all that much about sex. [Indeed, the two children are a mystery.--C] What I do know about is horror movies. This movie scared the fluids out of me. How is it that Conseula can't sit through a decent flesh-eating zombie movie, but she can watch a relationship movie without flinching? I shivered, huddled deep under the covers watching the train wreck that was Richard's (Chris Rock's character) life bearing down on him. I think that the most frightening part of the movie was that I could see Richard's doom approaching, while he seemed to be completely oblivious to it. I identified with the male lead, and I saw his fate as my own. (Not that I'd ever consider infidelity. I'm sorta attached to my man parts, and I want to keep it that way.)

Conseula: (He's totally not kidding about the shivering and the huddling. It was kind of cute.) While Brian identified with the male lead, I couldn't really identify with the female lead. Well, there were moments of identification, those moments when Brenda (played by the always stunning Gina Torres) called Richard on his bullshit. But mostly I didn't get this sexless, domestic goddess content to go months on end with no intimate contact from her husband. I'm also really annoyed with this notion of marriage as the place you go to die. I mean what could be better that than finding the one person you want to talk to every single day of your life and then committing yourself to that person? That's not misery, people. That's amazing. And I guess that's the point the movie eventually got to, but the idea of marriage took quite a beating along the way.

Brian: Actually, the marriage thing is working out well for me. [That's good to know.--C] I was never one of those sex-god-use-women-up-like-tissue-paper guys. I guess that is because I always saw women as people with feelings, and for that reason I saw that there was more to them than simple objects of sexual release. In the little dream sequence where Richard fantasizes that he's consuming women like popcorn, I was a little embarrassed. I can't even fantasize about women without their permission, how could I possibly be a serial boinker? Being in a committed, stable, relationship with a woman I actually respect, who I can actually talk to, is a relief for me. It's much easier than trying to live up to some false, Mandingo pipe-slinger persona.

Conseula: And there's my public service to women everywhere--saving them from Mandingo pipe-slinging Brian. I do what I can.

Brian: So, in conclusion, committed relationships are good. Nostalgia for the single life of 20 year olds is okay, and normal. Acting on that nostalgia is always stupid. And I Think I Love My Wife was an okay movie.


Cassie said...

Y'all crack me up. But I very much liked what you had to say. I agree that marriage gets a bad rap these days, or as you put it, is oft represented as the "place you go to die." We're bombarded with depressing statistics like the 50% divorce rate and the voyeuristic radio and TV shows that capitalize upon relationship drama. I think all of this only contributes to the stereotyped "hotness" or mystique of cheating. What's more sexy than sucking the forbidden fruit? What's more gratifying than sneaking around and getting what you *want* all the time? Bah humbug, I say.

Not that I'm married or anything, but I've been in several long term relationships and I've talked a lot with my friends who are brave/kind/insane enough to let me in on their real inner/intimate lives. Seems to me marriage can be hard and challenging and confusing at times, but in the end, YES--what could be better than being with the one person you want to see every day, tell (just about?) everything to, and really respect?

So down with "serial boinkers" and people (men AND women) who need to grow up and get a clue about how to treat themselves and others...and long live Most Excellent Long Term Relationships!

TBrown said...

I agree- you guys are cute! Which is exactly the point. If you have married for the right reasons- you have found someone that you love being with, love talking to, share the same values and dreams and want to share your life with them- then you will likely make it through these temptations. Marriage has taken a beaten by the media, sitcoms and movies. Now even promising couples are delaying nuptials because of their fear of making the mistakes those before them have made. Many couples do not have real life examples of good marriages from which to learn. Women get a bad rep, and men do as well. I personally never wanted to marry if I would be sentenced to a life with most of these sitcom dads! I want a man who can match my intellect and passion. I was able to find him & all these "willing" women don't stand a chance!!

Tamiko said...

Having been in a committed relationship now for about half my life (!), I so agree with you two.

Conseula, I remember going to Frances's baby shower!

Hope y'all are well--we flourish here in Tacoma, despite any rumors to the contrary.

--Tamiko, Josh, and toddler Celia