Monday, February 9, 2009

Beyond the Beast

It’s a nice thought to know that even ugly guys can get the pretty girls. And, for those of us of the female persuasion, that ugly girls can get the pretty boys. My favorite part of our class discussion Wednesday night was when we noted how that even though Humphrey Bogart is not the most attractive of men, he still manages to become the love interest of the beautiful Ingrid Bergman. Now that I think about it, there are quite a few unattractive men who make a name in Hollywood.

Often comedians are the ones to earn leading roles despite their lack in the beauty area. I think, Jack Black in The Holiday. He’s weird looking, but his sense of humor and sensitivity makes him an obvious choice. I mean, look how happy he makes Kate Winslet. 

It’s encouraging to see that Hollywood chooses to show true love between more than just beautiful people. But sometimes I can’t help myself thinking, “How in the WORLD did she get him?” Or, “she is far too pretty to be with that guy.” I guess the world is only being fair. Then again, many times, birds of a feather flock together.

The best depiction for me of loving someone for more than their outward appearance is my favorite Disney movie of all time: Beauty and the Beast. In the beginning Belle is terrified by Beast’s appearance, but she learns to love him despite his monstrous form (which he seems surprised about). She sees that he is caring, will give her anything her heart desires, and is willing to let her go when he needs her the most. Maybe these are the winners. For so long, society has saturated the media with advertisements, TV shows, movies and more with gorgeous guys and model-esque girls. Maybe we girls should be looking behind those baby blues for the man underneath, for the intellectual, for the comedian, for the father figure. When we do this, we find the prince inside. And by golly is he BEAUTIFUL. When I was little I didn’t find the Beast post-transformation to be attractive at all. But I watch it now, and I find him to be the hottest prince of them all. Perhaps when I was little, I had no idea what made a man attractive beyond his outward appearance. Perhaps it was the long hair. But, to quote the song Something There from the movie, there was “something in him that I simply didn’t see.” I guess true love and beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.


  1. I agree with your comment that most of the time you find the "less attractive" male figures in comedies. When you think about, most well-known comedian actors don't fit the typical hot-guy form: Adam Sandler, Will Ferrel, Jim Carey, etc. I guess their wit makes up for what they might lack in good looks. What's funny is that these men almost always get the girl just like the "hot" actors do, but you hardly ever see the hot guys doing comedic roles. So maybe the comedians get the best of both worlds...?

  2. Part of this "ugly guy gets hot girl" thing I think is part of our disgust for what this blog is about. No worries it is safe for work in all but name.

  3. Allow me to jump on the bandwagon of questions and ask exactly who you think these types of movies are for? There are very few ugly girl-cute guy comedies, and the few that are around are very much completely superficial. As Not Another Teen Movie parodied, sometimes it's simply that she wears glasses or has a ponytail - forget the albino and the conjoined twins.

    So are these types of movies supposed to appeal to girls (which they do), or are they supposed to appeal to the guys who wish these movie fantasies would play out? Very different audiences with very different messages, it seems. Or am I reading too much into it?

    Good entry.