2 thoughts on “BTTF Minute 57 – Mystery Ginger

  1. To your question of Michael J. Fox’s Canadian accent in Family Ties: it’s pretty constant. I’m sorry I know this.

    Also something I don’t like thinking about but you kind of touch upon in this minute, is that the women in this movie are only present as maternal and/or romantic interests for the main characters. Lorraine falls for George so suddenly because that’s her one job; she’s overcome by the, “oh he’s so brave and strong” emotions that are stereotypically attributed to women. Which, you know, it’s 1955; she’s a product of her time period so it makes some sense. And in a cool way, the movie itself kind of steps out of its own time period to depict the moment George and Lorraine fall in love with old fashioned cinematic scoring and framing. In fact, the classic kind of love story George and Lorraine have is a good plot device that helps to further distinguish the past from the present.

    But as a girl who really likes this trilogy, it kind of stinks that there are so few women in the movies who are part of the action (Clara kind of kicks butt but she’s got her own can of worms that will come up later. Much later.) and I haven’t really heard anyone talk about this before.

    • In defense of Lorraine, who I just love to pieces, she doesn’t only go for the brave and strong, she also has the nurturing side that goes for the guy her dad hit with the car. Yes, Lorraine displays traditional femininity, but I don’t think that makes her a flat character or one who is only defined by men by any means. Lorraine has a lot of things going on with her character. She has this fascinating mix of timid insecurity, as well as a bravery of going after what/ who she wants. She asserts herself with Biff, and even jumps on top of him to try to save George. Maybe she’s not the most powerful character in a traditional sense, but I think her weaknesses and the way she uses the power she does have make her a realistic and dynamic character.

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