I was given two tickets to a screening of the PG-13 rated Passengers (2016) last night. This movie is another perfect example of the sexualization of women in mainstream movies. Jennifer Lawrence appears in sheer tops throughout the movie next to her male co-star in button-down shirts. However, it is more than the black lingerie and the frequently seen, white fishnet bikini that are problematic. There is also the different handling of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt's scary ordeal scenes. In the scene where the male's life is endangered he is wearing a spacesuit—only his face is visible. In the scene where the young female lead's life is endangered she is wearing a bikini. Passengers gave me a few other things to discuss in my book, so it was not a complete waste of time. Honestly, I wasn't expecting a great cinematic experience... and certainly didn't get one. Michael Sheen as the bartender was a nice touch, even though he made me think of The Shining, but it seems like false advertising to bill Andy Garcia in this movie since he has no speaking lines and appeared for all of one minute.
© 2016 Alline Cormier
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