Charlize Theron is forever our Furiosa. We accept that the Mad Max: Fury Road icon has to appear in other, not Mad Max: Fury Road movies. And we’re cool with that when they allow Theron to be a beacon of fierceness like the evil queen in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, the latest bodacious baddie in the Fast and the Furious universe, or a smoking hot MI6 agent in the newly unveiled action-thriller from John Wick director David Leitch, Atomic Blonde.
SOLD! We’ll see you there.
But Hollywood is a place entrenched in sexism where beautiful women are often relegated to bullshit tropes. And it seems our esteemed Charlize has tripped into a big one: Average Dude Meets Amazonian.
Theron has signed on to co-star with Seth Rogen in a comedy called Flarsky. Penned by Dan Sterling (The Interview) and helmed by Jonathan Levine (The Night Before), this will be the latest entry in the Seth Rogen Scores A Massively Hot Lover series, following Knocked Up, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Neighbors/Neighbors 2, and The Interview. It’s sort of a sister franchise to the Adam Sandler Lands Another Incredibly Hot Woman Even Though He Thinks Sweatpants Are Formal Wear series.
Here’s Flarsky’s plot description, per Variety:
Rogen will play an unemployed journalist, battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue Theron’s character — who was his childhood crush and babysitter and now happens to be one of the most powerful and unattainable women on earth.
Look. We like Rogen. But this shit where a guy doesn’t need to be handsome, or successful, or particularly good at anything to “get the girl” is sexist and exhausting. It tells men in the audience that being really attracted to a woman is the same thing as being meant for her. And we’ve talked before about how that’s a fucked up bit of Nice Guy nonsense. However, Variety is calling Flarsky a comedy, and not a romantic comedy. So maybe there’s hope.
After all, Rogen has shown to be a comedy writer who’s evolving when it comes to social politics. I mean, who’d of thought the guy behind SuperBad would make the ferociously feminist Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising? So perhaps this logline is meant to set up the trope that drives us mad, but Flarsky itself will subvert or criticize it?
Kristy Puchko can forgive Huntsman a lot of its flaws, because omigawd the fashion.