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Date Rape As A Comic Device?

We were so looking forward to Observe & Report. Anna Faris plays the dumb blonde with a comic genius that rivals some of the flaxen-haired greats. Add Seth Rogan on a Segway, and we were sold. Then we started hearing grumblings from critics about the film’s sex scene between Faris (Brandi) and Rogan (Ronnie). Seems it’s not exactly consensual. From Jezebel-

In the scene, Brandi has thrown up on herself and appears to be totally unconscious as Ronnie is pumping away on top of her. He stops for a second, and then she murmurs the line that The New York Times says indicates her consent, “Did I tell you to stop, motherfucker?” before passing out again.

Dan Kois writes on New York Magazine’s Vulture blog:

“The movie doesn’t mitigate that sex scene at all. In fact, it makes it even more clear than the trailer does that when Brandi and Ronnie get home from dinner, she’s unbelievably trashed on antidepressants and tequila. Not only does she throw up all over the place, she can barely walk – and she certainly can’t give any kind of informed consent. She’s way too wasted for her yelling at Ronnie to mean anything.”

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