|Tragic, not comic.|
It is true that there are a few funny moments - but overall this film is NOT funny. In fact, it is so not funny that I think it most certainly qualifies as depressing. Charlize Theron does a pretty impressive job of being as pathetic as the poster makes her look, and that is about how she looks most of the time. She perfectly captures shallow self-centeredness, burgeoning alcoholism, denial, and plenty of other soul crushing self-harming character traits.
All of this got me thinking, as I almost invariably do when I watch anything, about how these people and situations, which are REAL to me, serve as metaphors and examples for my life. Theron's character Mavis is a pitiful excuse for a human being and I flatter myself that I do a better job at life than she does. However, she is a writer - a ghostwriter - for a trashy teen novel series, and that got me thinking. I too am getting old and I too have a bunch of pages to write about a subject that no one cares about anymore.
I need someone like Mavis to write my dissertation for me while I spend my time traveling the world, working on my master gardening plan, taking pictures of my ridiculous cats, corrupting my nephew, and blogging about it all. This whole grad school enterprise really cuts into my blogging time (i.e. my 5 month absence.) Also, I have done some soul searching and come to the painful conclusion that grad school is not for me. Only took me five years to figure that out and now Fab won't even let me drop out! But everyone knows how he loves to torment me, so that's nothing new.
Compromise time. I will grudgingly stay in school, IF I can find someone else to write the diss for me. I am not picky. I don't even care if it is any good anymore. It doesn't even really matter what it is about since only about 4 people, if that, will ever read it. You can wear sweatpants and wake up face down and hungover on your bed everyday and be an immature, bad person in general as long as you get me my pages!
Now taking applications. Please send a writing sample.