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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

And I Said, "No Really. What About Breakfast At Tiffany's?"

Posted by Alex Falcone on Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 9:59 AM

My wife and I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's over the weekend and, I must admit, the decision was mostly influenced by the 90s song by Deep Blue Something. Sadly, the one-hit-wonder didn't bother to tell me the most crucial details about the film, specifically that it was super racist.

If I was talking to a soon-to-be ex about the few things we have in common, I don't think I'd start with a movie featuring Mickey Rooney in Asian-face.

And I said, "What about Breakfast At Tiffany's?"
She said "I think I remember the film
And I said "Well, that's true. Maybe we should break up."

The sexual politics are just as baffling. Audrey Hepburn's original Manic Pixie Dream Prostitute who was arrange-married to an old farmer when she was 14 which NOBODY IS BOTHERED BY AT ALL and now she's just a heavy drinker whose only source of money is going to parties and asking guys for $50 every time she goes to the powder room (over $360 in today's money!). She meets and is charmed by a neighbor who has sex with a rich woman for money but kind of stays with him because she's going to marry a rich man she doesn't know. Kinda liking that movie is the ONE thing you've got, Deep Blue Something? Seriously? The one thing? You guys don't like, I don't know, eating out or something?

There are some charming parts, like the salesman at Tiffany's who agrees to engrave a Cracker Jack's ring, but they're far outweighed by the squidgy parts that make me glad I'm not living in the 60s. I can't recommend watching it, even if it means rekindling with your girlfriend.

What I can recommend is watching the music video for the song which is also out dated but in a super charming way! They're in a park! They're on a trailer! They're eating breakfast in front of Tiffany's, just like the song says! They filmed this for less money than it takes to get Audrey Hepburn to not sleep with you! It's amazing. Enjoy it now:

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