Emily Browning Blasts Sexist Label on 'Sucker Punch'

April 02, 2011 04:54:05 GMT

The Baby Doll depicter finds accusations that the action fantasy movie objectifies women sexist 'really bizarre', insisting the film is 'really about these girls breaking free'.


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Actress Emily Browning is fuming after her new movie "Sucker Punch" was labeled "sexist" in its portrayal of women, as she's adamant the story shows "girls breaking free". The new Zack Snyder movie stars Browning as a girl called Baby Doll, who is locked up in an asylum after she is accused of causing her sister's death. The hospital is later revealed to be a brothel as the lead character plots her escape in a series of imaginative dream sequences.

The movie has met with mixed reviews and some critics have taken aim at the film's erotic undertones, with movie magazine Variety branding it "fantasy fodder for 13-year-old guys" with the female cast dressed in "demeaning fetish gear".

But Browning, 22, is adamant she doesn't agree with accusations the film objectifies women, telling BBC, "I find the idea that it's sexist really bizarre. The sexism is within the story of the film. Within the brothel, the girls are being objectified but that doesn't mean the film is doing the same. It's really about these girls breaking free."

Browning also shrugs off the swathe of negative reviews, adding, "I think there would be nothing worse than people feeling ambivalent towards the film, if they're saying, 'It's all right, it's OK.' That's not interesting to me. I'm so OK that some people really love it and some really hate it. I want people to question it and have something to think about it (sic)."


 




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posted by lynden on Apr 03, 2011
I love this movie. I love Syders point of view. It is very dark and has no happy ending. This movie touched me because I feel like we are all in Baby dolls situation in some area of our lives. Baby dolls escape was her imagination for some people its music, dancing, writing etc. Zach Syder is a director I love. Most movies "you" can careless about who the director is and most have a precictable ending.
posted by mathew on Apr 02, 2011
i standby emily browning i support her thoughts and her movies. her movies should not be criticized at all
posted by mathew on Apr 02, 2011
i believe that emily browning is and will ever be my fave actress in movies but to say sexist is weird for this movie i agree with you emily your my favorite i love you and your work

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