Saturday, January 13, 2018

How The #MeToo Movement Could Kill Some Sexy Hollywood Movies

How The #MeToo Movement Could Kill Some Sexy Hollywood Movies

I've thought about that. It's not just since #MeToo started. It has been happening for years. From the time we started creating the annual Top 20 Nude Scenes list until now, the amount of nudity in mainstream American movies has diminished. Every once in a while there will be an outlier like The Shape of Water, but for the most part the nudity scene has steadily migrated from movies to television since 1999. (For the purposes of this discussion, "television" includes original series made for pay services like Amazon Prime and Netflix.)

In 1999, our poll's top 20 consisted entirely of movie scenes.

In 2017, the top 20 are about evenly split between movies and other (television and original content for pay services), and only one of the top three is from a theatrical film.

Why is this true? Many reasons:
(1) More and more of the film industry is controlled by Disney;

(2) The new right movement is built on the pillar of conservative religion;

(3) More and more films are made for general audiences, including kids. It's the blockbuster mentality, which has pushed many personal films and genre films to the side. The Avengers' target audience is everyone of all ages and genders - from couples on dates to families hanging out; sexy films like Body Heat are, by their nature, exclusionary;

(4) The indie film world, once a source of many great films for grown-ups, has basically been consumed by the Hollywood beast. Sundance used to be about writers and directors and ideas and "voices." Now it's about deals;

(5) China is a big part of it. Success in China has become critical to the profit picture for feature films, and China is prudish about nudity, so Hollywood goes full Deep Throat and follows the money;

and probably several more reasons I'm forgetting.

So #MeToo will not be the cause of the decline of sexy movies. That started long ago. But it might be the straw that broke the camel's back.

8 comments:

  1. Yeah I think the biggest part is what movies have become...non withstanding nudity, you can't even see a good violent movie any more. No one's making a RoboCop or even a good R-rated Predator type of movie with a healthy budget. Horror movies are mostly PG-13. Adult shit has left that market. Fine with e, I'll take Game of Thrones or Banshee over that crap any day.

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  2. Yeah I think the biggest part is what movies have become...non withstanding nudity, you can't even see a good violent movie any more. No one's making a RoboCop or even a good R-rated Predator type of movie with a healthy budget. Horror movies are mostly PG-13. Adult shit has left that market. Fine with e, I'll take Game of Thrones or Banshee over that crap any day.

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  3. Yeah I think the biggest part is what movies have become...non withstanding nudity, you can't even see a good violent movie any more. No one's making a RoboCop or even a good R-rated Predator type of movie with a healthy budget. Horror movies are mostly PG-13. Adult shit has left that market. Fine with e, I'll take Game of Thrones or Banshee over that crap any day.

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    1. 2017 big studio 'R' rated movies
      1.It
      2.Logan
      3.Get Out
      4.Girls Trip
      5.50 Shades Darker
      6.Baby Driver
      7.Annabelle: Creation
      8.Kingsmen: The Golden Circle
      9.John Wick: Chapter II (Lionsgate film so not one of the big six studios, but a wide release)
      10.Blade Runner 2049
      11.The Hitman's Bodyguard (Also Lionsgate wide release)
      12.Alien: Convenant
      13.A Bad Moms Christmas
      14.Baywatch
      15.Atomic Blonde (Focus Features wide release)
      16.American Made

      those are from the top 50 at the domestic box office for 2017 (Canada and the United States) per boxofficemojo. I don't really have a point other than I think actual facts are better than gut feelings or broad sentiments.

      So, this is about 1/3 of the top 50 movies of 2017. Whether that is a large amount of 'R' rated movies or not is a matter of individual judgement.

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    2. I never thought about it before I saw your posts, but the studio movies rated R for nudity have almost completely disappeared, and the ones with nude scenes are not especially memorable. Look at all the films on that list with either no nudity, or only incidental background nudity.

      Not one film on that list contributed a Top 20 nude scene! Even 50 Shades Darker had relatively limited and generally yawn-inducing nudity.

      Money again. The Chinese have no problem with violence, nor do the religious conservatives.

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    3. There was nudity in Atomic Blonde and maybe a couple others. Nudity in big studio movies has mostly been incidental (strippers) or other minor actresses for about two decades now with the exception of the raunchy comedies and the odd romantic type film (or romantic thriller or what have you.)

      20 years ago though about 20% of all big studio movies had nude scenes (even though they were mostly of the stripper or other incidental variety) but there was often nudity added into the 'unrated DVD edition (again though, not from the main female star.)

      I think part of the decline has not only been the decline of nudity in films that used to have nudity like horror films but in the near disappearance in big studio comedies. Nearly all the major comedy films now are animated films that are made for both kids and adults.

      Depending on whether 'Get Out' is considered a comedy or not (it can be considered as either a horror film or as a very dark comedy) the #1 non animated comedy of 2017 was Girl's Trip which ended up at #25 at the box office. (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was released late in 2017 so its box office can either count for 2017 or for 2018.)

      In 2016, unless Deadpool is counted as a comedy, the #1 non animated comedy film of that year was the Ghostbusters remake at #21.

      The raunchy comedies of the 1980s (or as my brother at the time called them 'tit flicks') like Spring Break and even Fast Times at Ridgemont High certainly aren't released by the big studios into theatres any more.

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  4. "(2) The new right movement is built on the pillar of conservative religion"

    Scoop, I think you meant to say "The new Left movement is built on the pillar of muslim religion."

    Seriously, what control does the right have over Hollywood these days? This isn't exactly the Golden Age anymore. I can't picture any big movie mogul saying "we need less violence and nudity so we don't offend the conservatives".

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    1. They buy tickets. Those who buy tickets determine Hollywood's agenda, not the lefty creatives. That's why lecture movies have almost completely disappeared, replaced by movies that consist entirely of flying mutants and punching.

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