Friday, January 4, 2013
Brittany Murphy in Bimbo Does Tokyo
Our platinum hero hops a plane for Tokyo on a traditional chique pilgrimage. Like many sweet and silly young girls, she is seeking the holy grail of a cute boy willing to take a slight pause in his narcissism and fake a slight interest in her.
Can you smell the heartbreak rising in the oven according to a recipe passed from mother to daughter for generations? Can you hear the brutish lovestruck father wailing at the mouth of the protective and/or oppressive cave from which his lovely naive daughter has escaped? Even luxury travel can be quite primal.
Bottom line: humans will choose a bad mentor over drifting along without a mentor nearly every time. People can't thrive without a task (whether saving the environment or boiling the broth) and a tribe (whether genetic family or adopted strangers). An old guy with an office full of books can miss this basic truth, while almost any unjaded girl can teach it to you. Maybe it isn't young women who are the most vulnerable but the rest of us. Old men often defend little girls physically, but little girls often rescue old men spiritually in return.