We were only 6 members aged between 58 and 81 to see The Ladykillers.
A good discussion followed the viewing. Subjects : stereotyping, the ambiguity of Mrs.Wilberforce’s character, her clothes, the word irritating was often voiced, the difficulty of agreeing on slapstick humour. Generally I was surprised that my feelings of warmth and recognition towards Mrs. W. were not shared by everybody.( see my post Oct 2009 )
Comments written immediately after The End.
- Not keen of film – portrayed Mrs.W. and her friends as being naive and rather stupid. Also showed a negative male attitude to women of this age/type.
- The decency of Mrs. W. was believable – she was also no fool. It undermined the criminals’ plans – they were disarmed and outwitted. Wonderfully done and funny.
- Amusing, silly. Totally incredible but well contrived. All the characters were stereotypes not just Mrs. Wilberforce. The crooks are much more stupid than she is, so it is not fundamentally sexist and ageist, only superficially
- A charming comedy revolving around the humour arising from the old woman being both clueless and feisty. I felt that although she was feisty that it was overall negative stereotyping.
- Hilarious. She was shown both as quite forceful and very dense. I would have preferred her to demand a share of the money for transporting it. I loved it in general but I thought the way they persuaded her that there was no point in returning the money was sexist.