While browsing through Blockbuster last Friday – yes, I still rent DVD’s even with the accessible technology of pay-per-view & on-demand, mostly because it gives us a deadline & forces us to actually watch the movie in a certain amount of time, otherwise it could be months, even years, before we get around to it – I had a revelation. It is true that, like books, you can’t judge a movie by its cover. However, there are certain elements on the cover that if possessed, I tend to avoid. For example, if it says “starring Jim Carrey or Will Farrell” I usually walk on by.
Another very telling element is a picture of the cast or star framed by the rear-view shot of a girl’s parted legs.
This is a big flashing red light screaming, “PICK SOMETHING ELSE, YOU PERV!” It doesn’t matter if it includes an actor that you like or respect. It doesn’t matter if it’s a “sequel” to a movie that you kind of enjoyed. It doesn’t even matter if you’re just looking for something light & funny to pass a few hours on a rainy night. Seriously, skip it. You’ll be glad you did. And if you really want to watch a movie that features some nice female legs on the cover, rent the Graduate!