A protagonist isn’t ever a “hero.” Any good movie can attain us root for a total ogre as long as its tale comprises together. In fact, some movies pull off that trick so well that it takes years for the audience to stop and think, “Wait a minute … was I cheering for an asshole? ” For example …

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The Pink Power Ranger Perpetrates A Sex Crime

Power Rangers is supposed to be about mindless fun, and the 2017 reboot got that. Some children dress up in colorful costumes to giant-dinosaur-robot-fight a witch and her golden glob ogre. It’s a good excuse to inhale popcorn and turn your brain off … as long as you ignore that the Pink Ranger leakages nude photos of an underage girl to other high school students. Yes, that actually happens. That plot thread is introduced early, when Kimberly runs into some of her former friends in a bathroom. These daughters have some USDA prime beef, but at this level in the film, we’re clearly supposed to do now empathize most with Kimberly for losing her friends.

Then, about halfway through the movie, she confides in Jason what she did to lose those friends: She had an explicit photo of her friend Amanda, and she sent it to a guy they both liked with the caption “Is this the girl you want to bring home to mama? ” That’s some nice avenge porn with a side of slut-shaming, Kimberly.

Now, Kimberly’s plan was obviously dreadful, because precisely zero teenage sons would be discouraged at the prospect of dating a girl who takes sexy photos. But the movie doesn’t tell us this to set up a redemption arc. Instead she shows the photo to Jason , and he tells her that she really is a good person deep down. But at this level in the movie, all she’s done is send a nude photo and fistfight in a cave. Maybe she’ll read what she did wrong later on? Don’t comprise your breather; during the final battle, a monster injuries Amanda’s car, and Kimberly’s response is, “That’s what you get.” For … for what? Having her privacy contravened? Why are we supposed to do now detest the specific characteristics who had her appreciation of trust violated by someone she thought was a close friend? Did they inadvertently delete half the scenes from this subplot?

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Pleasantville ‘s Jennifer Commits Unpleasant Rape

Pleasantville is the story of high-schoolers David and Jennifer, who are now sucked into the world of a 1950 s sitcom and take over the well-being of two of its very real characters, which is a fun premise as long as you don’t think it is right the existential implications. So let’s do that right now!

We can’t hold the body-snatching against our heroes, since they are didn’t ask to be quantum-leaped. But Jennifer objective up doing some messed up shit. She detests Pleasantville until she sees Skip Martin, a boy who has a crush on the girl whose life she’s taken over, Mary Sue.

Jennifer and David have to act like their characters in order to not disrupt the show’s world, so she must interact with Skip. But “it wouldve been” weird for her to turn things romantic, given that she’s not really who she’s claiming to be, right?

Jennifer disagrees, and not only goes on a date with Skip, but likewise forces herself on him during it despite his obvious discomfort. He doesn’t even know what sexuality is, and it constructs him feel ill, but she ignores him.

The introduction of boning to Pleasantville kicks off the crux of the plot by bringing about irrevocable changes to the world. But if the movie wasn’t a vehicle for wit, it would be about Jennifer utilizing false pretenses to rape a teen with a child’s understanding of permission and what genitals are for. So social progress is simply come at the cost of a horrific crime. Which, huh, is kind of how the ‘5 0s operated, wasn’t it?

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In Superbad , Seth’s Goal Is To Date-Rape His Classmate

2007’s Superbad is a great example of how much culture can change in a short span of day. Recollect that the entire movie is organized around Jonah Hill and Michael Cera trying to get to a big party and have sex with their respective crushes. That’s typical high school slapstick material, but Hill’s character, Seth, outright admits that his programme is to get Emma Stone’s Jules so drunk that she’ll be willing to have sex with him. Which as also known as date rape.

It’s not even subtle — he’s thrilled by the prospect of being a girl’s regretful drunken mistake. And he doubles down near the end, telling Jules that he wanted them to both be hammered at her party. He wasn’t trying to get her drunk so that he could work up the fortitude to ask her to go get milkshakes with him at the local roller rink.

Luckily, Jules is stone cold sober, so she just lets him breakdown in a drunken heap and they talk it out afterward. But if she genuinely had been as trashed as him, the situation could have veered out of “wacky teen comedy” region in a hurry.

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Professor X Helps A Mass-Murdering Terrorist Escape Justice

Professor X has a complicated relationship with Magneto. He’ll threw his students’ living on the line to stop his former friend’s schemes, then sit down to play chess with him and chat about the good ol’ days. But he’s always recognized that Magneto is a danger that should be locked away. Well, except for that time in X-Men: Apocalypse when he lets Magneto go free in exchange for rebuilding his house.

After Apocalypse recruits Magneto, his powers become supercharged, permitting him to destroy cities halfway around the earth. We get a sequence of him doing precisely that, and the death toll has to be catastrophic …

Then, after Apocalypse is overcome, he and Professor X share a fond goodbye, with no mention of, you know, all the people he killed.

Magneto wasn’t being mind-controlled into anything — he was doing it all of his own free will. He eventually reconsiders and helps stop Apocalypse, but doesn’t he still need to answer to the families of his victims? According to the wise and mentorly Professor X … no? OK.

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Mowgli Burns The Jungle Book ‘s Jungle Down, Demonstrating Shere Khan’s Point

Jungle Book villain Shere Khan is severely misunderstood. Sure, he looks like a tiger who is also somehow an MMA fighter, but he’s a pretty reasonable dude. When he makes his entryway in 2016 ‘s live-action Jungle Book , he lays out a solid, well-thought-out controversy of the reasons why Mowgli has to go.

Khan first points out that while Mowgli may only be a kid right now, humans “re growing up” into … well … humen. You simply can’t trust those suckers. Then Khan calls the animal jury’s attention to a legal precedent stating that it’s prohibited for any animals to take in a human. There’s literally a jungle law against harboring humans, so the wolf pack is doing more than stimulating questionable life choices — they’re crooks. When Shere Khan kills Akela, he’s simply carrying on business as the law of the land. If his last name was “Van Damme, ” we’d be rooting for him all the way.

But of course, Shere Khan’s real crime is that he can’t appreciate how Mowgli is an innocent child and could be raised to respect nature, right? Right. Except for the part where Mowgli utilizes his human advantage to burn down the entire damn jungle.

After things with Shere Khan come to a head, Mowgli steals a torch from a village to use as a weapon, then accidentally starts a massive wildfire that kills Khan( and presumably hundreds of more lovable animals off-screen ). He literally does the one disastrous thing the tiger was trying to prevent. In Shere Khan’s thinker, sacrificing a few wolves to save the entire jungle would be worth it. In Mowgli’s mind, burning down the entire jungle so he can, uh, stay in the jungle is worth it. Mowgli’s the kind of child who would specified the garage on fire if he thought he could use the distraction to hang out with his pals at the arcade later.

Abraham is a Christian lawyer living in Mexico. You can say hi to him on Twitter here, or visit his DeviantArt page here. Mike Bedard watches far too many movies. Realize for yourself by following him on Twitter. Jordan Breeding also writes officially for Paste Magazine, unofficially on the Twitter and his blog, and with a bunch of flame throughout the jungles of Africa .

Eh, the original animated Jungle Book is better anyway .

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