Five Things Movies Get Wrong about Marriage

TVOvermind | 10/20/2017 | Nat Berman
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Romance is at the core of movies but the industry doesn’t portray a realistic picture of relationships and marriage. Different types of marriage are rarely portrayed on the big and small screen. Instead we are fed a movie marriage narrative which is unrealistic and depicts negative stereotypes of both men and women. Times are changing and people are beginning to realise that marriage takes work and that ordinary people can make it work in ways that don’t require a Disney ending. Here are five things that the movies get wrong about marriage.

1. Marriage is not a competitive sport.

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Movies frequently portray marriage and weddings in particular as a competitive sport in which women compete against each other to have the “best” wedding. The hapless groom is a mere footnote in the drama. Beautiful, seemingly independent and successful women dook it out with each other and loose all dignity and rationality in the process. In these films the women are portrayed as caricatures and Bridezillas who are fixated on outshining each other on their special day. In Bridewars, Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson battle in an increasingly slapstick feud over their respective weddings. The relationship at the core of the movie is not the life-long commitment of marriage.

In reality wedding days are a tiny drop in the ocean of what makes up a marriage and successful marriages are focussed on the relationship between the couple.

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A slew of films recently have featured women who appear to be singularly obsessed with one thing. These apparently independent women are portrayed as fixated with getting the guy and having a wedding. Films like 27 Dresses which portrayed Katherine Heigel as a little pathetic and incomplete as the woman who is always the bridesmaid perpetuate this stereotype.

In reality women are not obsessed with being married and many...
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