Chloe In The Afternoon
My favorite films revolve around themes that I think about the most, which is usually death, existence, faith, family and the idea behind endless love. “Chloe” revolves around that last bit. Eric Rohmer’s tale of a man in a happy marital stasis reconnecting with an old firebrand proves to be an interesting exercise of morality in the face of boredom and physical attraction.
You might remember aspects of this movie in Chris Rock’s well-meaning but ultimately lackluster homage, I Think I Love My Wife. The biggest problem with that version though is that it misses something key to Rohmer’s original; that something being subtlety.
What makes “Chloe” so great is that it’s a film about being complacent. It’s about what happens to a man, or any person really, when his marriage and family provide him comfort and any sort of danger or wildness that he once had deserts him forever, leaving nothing but boredom.
This is the sort of boredom that can lead a man to fantasizing about falling in love with every woman who walks past him on the street or reconnect with an old flame who represents all the danger that he once had in his own life.
Ultimately, Rock’s version was a very humdrum and predictable attitude towards marriage (it sucks and your wife is a killjoy) where Rohmer wanted to be sympathetic to the part of the brain that induces panic at the thought of having the rest of your life laid in front of you. Chloe In The Afternoon is a film about mid-life crisis and unearned panic at a life that has traded spontaneity in for stability. It’s a worthwhile treat for those who fear commitment or can’t help falling in love with every woman who walks by.
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Spoiler alert: someday we will die and the sun will go out and any sign of our existence will be wiped off the face of the earth.
Definitely a great Shyamalanian twist."
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Observations You Are Not Brilliant For Making
If you ever find yourself at a dinner party or get together and the following things are said with no sense of irony and are received with anything other than laughter and derision, do yourself a favor and just leave immediately.
"All I’m saying is, atheists are the truly persecuted people in this country."
"We’re all slaves to the banks at the end of the day"
"Race is more of a social construct than anything"
"The media is pushing a worldview down our throats and people just choose to accept it"
"This generation sure is self-involved. Remember the good old days?"
"Hip-hop just isn’t what it used to be"
"A Black kid robbed me one time, so maybe we need profiling"
"Class is more of an issue than race anyways"
"Slavery is a world problem really"
"The NBA/NFL is the new slave trade when you think about it"
"I mean if we’re gonna pay college athletes, why not pay research students"
"Once that meat gets to the grocery store, it’s been injected with so many steroids and poisons, it’s not even real food anymore"
"Men get raped too, why don’t we have a voice in this rape culture debate?"
"Love is more of an abstract concept really"
"We’re all just dots in the universe. None of this matters"
"Men and women are just vastly different from each other"
"Black and White people are just vastly different from each other"
"We’re all part of the human race"
"You probably should have ordered more pizza for the party. Better to have too much than too little"