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Colton Bateham 9/18/11 HUM3321 Alix Miller Week 3 Assignment David Geven put forth an argument that films with two male protagonists, and a few other given attributes, contain a leading narcissistic character and a following echoistic character. This genre is called a “double-protagonist film” (Greven 73). In the film “The Other Guys,” Will Farrell’s character, Allen, displayed more submissive, echoistic behavior. He always listened to Terry, and always tried to console him when he was in distress, as an echositic character would do. Even though later in the movie a part of Allen’s past is revealed that shows he used to be a very tough and masculine pimp, this shows what he used to be. He is not this character any longer, and in fear of what kind of person his masculinity turns him into, he has changed into the opposite persona. Mark Walberg’s character, on the other hand, portrayed a more stereotypical, masculine, and narcissistic personality. He was more of the fighter of the duo, taking lead in the
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Unformatted text preview: fight scenes. He was very aggressive and short fused. He always wanted to prove himself as a real man. With the given roles of the characters, many hidden stereotypes can be installed within the movie. As, “a stereotypical portrayal reinforces two beliefs at once: that X’s are Y, and that X’s are inevitably Y.” This is shown in Will Farrell’s character. He faithfully believed every word of his co-workers, leading him to perform a “desk pop.” This submissive and ignorant behavior falls on the side of an echoistic character, rather than an narcissus, as an echoistic male usually takes on more of a feminine personality. In the development of this character, the writer knowingly or unknowingly continued a negative stereotype attacking women. In making his character ignorant and venerable, while knowing he represents a woman’s thinking to the audience, the writer of “The Other Guys” helped continue the stereotype that women are easily deceived and ignorant....
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