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"Think Like A Man" Too Black For France

6:14 pm - 05/21/2012

Romantic comedy Think Like A Man — which as made a whopping $85 million at the box office in this country, more than seven times its budget — will not open in France. This despite the fact that the flick was the number one movie here in the U.S. two weeks in a row, and in the top 3 at the box office for one solid month.

According to a post by Fabienne Flessel at Global Voices, a NegroNews Facebook post republished on Martinican blog People Bo Kay offers this as explanation:

Black actor and producer Tyler Perry's movies are never scheduled in any French movie theaters or are only released in DVDs, even though he has been used to leading the US box-office, as with ‘Why did I get Married' and ‘For Colored Girls'. The French society acts hypocritically, when it refuses to show movies from black producers who earn millions from conveying a positive message to the African diaspora through their films.

Films about African-American people often have a tough time at foreign box offices; the flicks that do well in a global scale are epic fantasy adventures, like Avatar, Titanic,Harry Potter and The Avengers. But do we even really know how the box office would respond to flicks with black people in them, if these films never get screened? The first rule of screenwriting is that if it's personal, it's universal. And even if the premise of Think Like A Man is loathsome, the themes and characters — mama's boys, underachievers, take-charge ladies, lazy dudes and players looking for love — are relatable. The emotions and situations are recognizable if you are human; the country you come from shouldn't matter. An apartment-dweller in New York can enjoy a movie aboutnomads in Mongolia who live in a yurt. What's more, seeing a movie like Think Like A Man in the theaters — surrounded by laughter — is art of the appeal.
Of course, in this case, it is unclear if the move is financial or if there's something else at work; the NegroNews note also reads:

The French state has had a sociopolitical strategy which favors interracial relationships rather than valuing communities. In the comedy ‘Think like a Man', the focus is on black couples.

Why 'Think Like a Man' Won't Open in France [The Root]
Martinique: "Think Like A Man", Just Not in France [Global Voices]
La France ne veut pas de couples noirs au cinéma! [People Bo Kay]
meran_flash 22nd-May-2012 03:42 am (UTC)
I had heard hints of evil!Kaldur going in so I was ~steeling myself~ and looking on the bright side, looking forward to him having a lot of feelings and angst and such, but now I'm just like "OKAY THAT WAS FUN BUT COME BACK TO THE TEAM NOW PLEASE. YOUR BUDDY ROY NEEDS YOU."

Ugh, really. Did you see the character design sheet for Lian? Ball dropped, to be sure. I was super surprised they included this storyline, especially because I think this version of Jade/Roy has some squicky consent issues going on.

The only other issue I've had with this season is the way they skipped Jason for Tim as Robin. I... was pretty pissed about that, ngl.

Edited at 2012-05-22 03:46 am (UTC)
magus_69 22nd-May-2012 09:43 am (UTC)
I hope beyond hope that it's an elaborate deep cover mission. KALDUR ;_; If it is for real, then my guess is that the Light is responsible for Tula's death. It would explain why Manta kept his new associations a secret.

Jade and Roy. WOW. I just want to know what exactly happened between them in the timeskip, and who knows that they are married.

The Dick/Tim talk in the premier had strong vibes of a relatively recent death, so I thought it was Jason, but I guess it was Tula. If it was a fake out, it was well done.
meran_flash 22nd-May-2012 10:19 am (UTC)
I mean obviously Roy is wallowing in some hardcore self-loathing right now, and it's not like it came out of nowhere what with the buildup in season one, but the actual marriage part is killing me. What, did he and Cheshire zeta to Vegas or something?

I thought this about Dick and Tim too, but the timespan is funky. If the timeline is anything like in the comics, Dick has only been Nightwing for approx two years, which is not a lot of time in which to acquire, train, and kill off one Robin, and then acquire and train another. Like the only way I can see it happening is if there were more than one Robin at a time, or if they screwed up the order of the Robins, and I'm... not so comfortable with that.
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