I guess there's some unintentional topicality in regards to posting this on Black Friday.
Am I the only one who is bugged by the complete dismissal of the middle class in mainstream movies? I know most of the general public go to big studio movies to not think about the taxes and bills waiting for them at home. But do movies have to be so oblivious about how the middle and lower classes usually live?
I just saw a recent film where a major subplot involved a married couple with flailing businesses struggling to pay their bills on their house. Except that every other scene involved them doing something completely, obliviously costly and wasteful. They keep worrying about their finances, and it's the main crux of the film, and in the meantime they try to eat write by throwing out food. Lots and lots and lots of food, not being given to shelters, or to friends, but being thrown out completely. And not only that, but eventually their attitude, after no real belt-tightening, is, ah, we'll make do. Somehow.
I can't help but watch these movies and think, it's a deflated market. You don't need a big house. Move into an apartment. It very much looks like you can afford it. It's just not a compelling conflict, unless the filmmakers somehow give a serious grounding to the characters' economic and social situations.
Am I the only one bothered by how shitty mainstream movies are when dealing with these class issues?