Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Ado Annie Complex

You know you've got poorly written characters when the "best friend" character's headlining trait is "slut." Sadly, this trait often finds itself attached to the female lead's best girlie friend. I call this the Ado Annie Complex. And it drives me nuts.

Some of these characters include, but are not limited to...

Ado Annie
of Oklahoma!
Although I love that song she sings about it. Funny fact, Oklahoma! was filmed in Arizona... probably because Oklahoma doesn't really exist. That's the only logical explanation I can come up with anyway.

Karen Smith
of Mean Girls
Technically Karen has two personality traits: she's a slut and she's stupid. Also, she's not in the "best friend" role, but she's pretty effing close.

of 27 Dresses
All this character talks about is getting some. It's too bad she absolutely had nothing else going on for her. Do people know people like this in real life? I have never met someone who was so slutty that it was all they ever talked about.

In fact, we have another Casey from Hitch, who takes her friend's advice about ditching a guy she met in a lingerie department, but only for a little bit. She is, perhaps, not the type of person who talks about sex all the time, but her loose values bring about the climax of the movie. Meanwhile the star of the show abstains the entire time.

Perhaps the best example of this stock character shows up as just about any "best friend" in a horror film. Someone from Halloween, and Tatum from Scream both ended up dead.

To be fair, I'll admit that there are many men who fill the best-friend-slut role, but I can't think of who they are right now.

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