June 23, 2009

What Puts Your Butt in the Movie Seat?

We came across an interesting article written by Scott Mendelson over at the Huffington Post asking the question, "Is Megan Fox the Main Draw for Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen." Mendelson correctly points out that as far as the advanced hype for the film goes, "pretty much everything is Megan Fox-related."

We couldn't agree more. Each day, there seems to be new Megan Fox news, whether it's an interview in Entertainment Weekly, her comments on her relationship with Brian Austin Green, comparisons to Angelina Jolie, or photos of her at Transformers' UK, German, and LA premieres.


Don't get us wrong, we're not complaining. When it comes to Megan Fox, we here at PopCultureFiend were in on the ground floor (all the way back to her days on Hope & Faith, we're ashamed to admit.) And for the record, we agree with the rest of the universe that she's the hottest thing walking. (These photos of her in purple are the sexiest we've seen of a fully clothed woman in a long time.)

But back to Mendelson's article. He makes an interesting point when he suggests that Fox may prove an exception to the rule that, "women will see a film just because a guy in it is cute, but men rarely do the same for actresses."

We pondered this for quite a while and decided Mendelson's premise was true. Through the history of American cinema, whether it was Rudolph Valentino, Troy Donahue, Elvis Presley, or Zac Effron, women have a history of shelling out to see their heartthrobs on the big screen. Guys are different though. We tried to think of the last time we ponied up for a movie ticket solely based on an actress we had a thing for, and well... we couldn't think of any such occasions. We thought harder and considered the objects of two of our biggest celebrity crushes, Cameron Diaz and Halle Berry, and whether or not we saw any of their films strictly based on the fact that they were in it... We hadn't... Over the years, we passed on many of Berry's films, including Gothika, and even Catwoman, in which she's featured in tight spandex for much of the film. As for Diaz, we did pay to see the chick flicks The Sweetest Thing and The Holiday (but we actually liked both of those, so we get a pass.) We're also proud to say we stood our ground and drew the line on seeing In Her Shoes and also plan on missing My Sister's Keeper, opening this Friday.

Based on this, we concluded that Mendelson's theory is correct. We men will go see a movie just because the actress in it is hot. In fact, after much deliberation, we agreed that we're more likely to see a movie starring an older or less attractive actress we think is talented and/or has a track record of being in good movies. Such actresses include Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Jodie Foster, Joan Allen, and Diane Keaton.

So what do you know? We're not shallow after all.

Feeling good about ourselves, we decided to take this discussion to our brethren. We conducted an informal poll of our friends, and after some fun reminiscing, we realized our memories were faulty. We actually had (and would continue) to see movies purely to see a hot actress... But with one small proviso... Nudity.

Our focus group revealed that every single one of us, as pubescent teenagers, horny college students, unemployed post grads with too much free time (or simply because we were voyeuristic pervs) had paid to see one or more of our favorites bare some skin. We then came up with a collective list of examples that included among others:

Rebecca Romijn in Femme Fatale...





Demi Moore in Striptease...




Madonna in Body of Evidence...



Saved By the Bell's Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls...




Lindsay Lohan in I Know Who Killed Me...




Meg Ryan in In the Cut...



Katie Holmes in The Gift...





Elle MacPherson in Sirens...



and Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon (which turned out to be a body double.)



We embarassedly admit we stood on line and paid hard earned cash to see some of these, and we're pretty sure we wouldn't have if it weren't for the nudity. And we've even made a mental note about two upcoming releases -- Fox plays a possessed cheerleader in Jennifer's Body and Jessica Biel plays a stripper in Powder Blue...

Guess you can forget what we said about not being shallow...

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