I’ve been watching a lot of rom-coms.
I find most of them to be nauseatingly simplistic. I can’t even appreciate them for what they are - a lighthearted, fun, fantasy. I can’t even enjoy them as a guilt pleasure. A character always says something so sexist and so offensive, it turns me off to the entire movie.
And I find the women, who’s primary concern is finding love, intolerable.
But A Little Bit of Heaven had some refreshing feminist moments. First, let me say that it is not a very good movie. But I adore Kate Hudson, and I don’t care who knows it. I’ve been in awe of her since I saw her in Almost Famous. She’s so incredibly charming, and adorable - I think her eyes literally sparkle. She is also a member of itty bitty titty committee, and owns it, which I love.
Moving on. The movie sucks because it has a sickeningly trite story of a shockingly upbeat cancer patient, who teaches everyone who surrounds her what it means to live. We’ve seen it a dozen times.
But, there were a few moments which made me smile. One, is when Kate Hudson’s character is playing Barbies with her niece and comparing Barbie’s breasts and her own, making her understand that Barbies are “fake” while Kate’s are real. Another, is when Garcia Bernal’s character tells the niece how pretty she looks, and Kate prompts the niece to smile and proclaim “And I’m smart!” So adorable.
Kate’s character is unapologetic about her sexuality. She prides herself on her emotional independence and several sexual partners. She unabashedly tells a group of male execs she buys condoms (and that other women do to). However, her progressive take on sex and relationships turns out to be nothing more than a defense mechanism - her dad never loved her and she doesn’t want to get hurt by another man. She eventually does learn to love, and dies happy.
I’d love to see more movies where a woman dies a lone and is totally cool with it.
It may be worth watching just to see the adorable couple Gael and Kate make. Not that they had an overwhelming onscreen chemistry, but, they look smoking hot together.