Reagan derangement syndrome

Reagan derangement syndrome

The delightful new movie “Adventureland” gives film critics plenty to write about.

But one decided to use the film’s ’80s era setting to bash President Ronald Reagan – and throw a little class envy in for good measure.

Inland Empire Weekly’s Amy Nicholson didn’t have much room to write her review – it’s only one fat paragraph long.

But here’s how she wraps things up:

“Born from the trauma of Reaganomics, the teen films of the ’80s had the same awareness of the gulf separating the haves and have nots. After a decade and a half of everyone being generically middle class and horny, it’s good to see an unassuming charmer of film with a foot in reality, even if it isn’t comfortable enough to admit the world is just as segregated today.

No mention of the stellar supporting cast, the richly nostalgic music score, the complicated antihero played by Ryan Reynolds?

And God forbid a recent college graduate spend his first year in the real world struggling to make a living. I suppose in Nicholson’s preferred world, the main character would be given a great job with benefits by the government as soon as he vacates his dorm room.

Nope. When film critics have an axe to grind, such petty things as actually reviewing the film’s particulars get shoved aside.

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Ed Driscoll » Shades Of The Forgotten Man
April 7, 2009 at 6:35 pm

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JohnFNWayneNo Gravatar April 3, 2009 at 4:32 pm

And God forbid a recent college graduate spend his first year in the real world struggling to make a living. I suppose in Nicholson’s preferred world, the main character would be given a great job with benefits by the government as soon as he vacates his dorm room.

Nope. When film critics have an axe to grind, such petty things as actually reviewing the film’s particulars get shoved aside.

A-men. I miss the days of reviewers reviewing films based on their merit, not the reviewers political assumptions.

But that would reveal most of these reviewers don’t know much about film to begin with.

cftotoNo Gravatar April 3, 2009 at 5:39 pm

I think it’s acceptable to throw a little political analysis into some film reviews – when it’s warranted, and when it’s reasonable.

But this critic simply used the review as a vehicle to bash Reagan as well as capitalism. Some folks simply hate the fact that rich people exist even though the rich, in many cases, work their butts off to get their bloated bank accounts.

opusNo Gravatar April 4, 2009 at 1:04 pm

They don’t hate the rich per se, they simply hate that they aren’t rich, or maybe they have that rich, liberal guilt complex without the rich part of it.

cftotoNo Gravatar April 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I wish I was rich enough to hate myself.

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