Midnight in Paris (2011)
Gil and Inez travel to Paris as a tag-along vacation on her parents' business trip. Gil is a successful Hollywood writer but is struggling on his first novel. He falls in love with the city and thinks they should move there after they get married, but Inez does not share his romantic notions of the city or the idea that the 1920s was the golden age. When Inez goes off dancing with her friends, Gil takes a walk at midnight and discovers what could be the ultimate source of inspiration for writing. Gil's daily walks at midnight in Paris could take him closer to the heart of the city but further from the woman he's about to marry.
Message board comment about the film showing how stupid Americans and their lifestyle are:
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This movie is anti-american ...by ridiculing the contemporary american way of life. Beautiful Paris is shown as antithesis to the ugly americans surrounding gil. They represent total car dependency ("don't walk, you'll get lost!"), empty consumerism (the gardenchair, shopping as end in itself), a very limited ken ("I could never imagine living outside the US") and undisguised materialism ("gil maybe strange, but I've seen what he earns"). Even Inez' supposedly sophisticated friend Paul does nothing but pedantically show off his vast factual knowledge without being able to really understand and thus enjoy Paris, the arts or the spectularly situated wine tasting.
Paris and Gil in contrast are used to demonstrate desirable features most of the US cannot offer. As if the movie said to the american audience: "look at this city and now compare it to the built environment you have to live in! Is walking a joyful pasttime and means of transportation in your place? Do you have streets, which are not merely a corridor for motorized transportation but a vivid public space which is fun to sojourn?"
Gil is living the opposite to what is deemed to be a desirable lifestile in the US. He doesn't care for his career or maximizing his income, he wants to rent an appartment in the city instead of buying a house in the suburbs, he loves walking and does it all the time.
Ironically, although the Paris shown by Woody Allen is completely ill-suited for automobilism (narrow alleys, very high building density, no parking spaces), and although Gil propagates walking, he ends up driving around in a car through nearly all his adventures in the twenties. Ultimately, even for an american like Woody Allen, there is no life without car.
Trailer:Most of the Americans shown in the movie were portrayed very negatively, acting like uncultured boors. Unfortunately, though, when you travel abroad, you see plenty of Americans like that, everywhere you go.
They think "the locals" should have learned English already, just to accommodate them, when it's their country they're visiting. And if someone doesn't speak English, they think that, if they shout it at him, he will magically begin to understand.
They eat fast food in churches, and they wear shorts and t-shirts into mosques, temples, and holy sites. They barge into shops waving U.S. dollars, and expect to be waited on before all the others who were there waiting first.
They loudly complain that "Nothing here is as good as what we have at home". They really should have just stayed there.
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